Training and development (CPT)

This page provides useful information on the training and development for this specialty and also has tips for people at all stages of their training including medical school.

The approved postgraduate training programme for clinical pharmacology and therapeutics is available from the GMC curriculum for clinical pharmacology and therapeutics.

The full training programme for clinical pharmacology and therapeutics lasts a minimum of six years. Selection takes place before entry to ST1 (after the foundation programme) and again before entry to ST3.

You will need to complete core training after your two-year foundation programme. ‘Core training’ has a choice of two pathways:

Stroke medicine is a subspecialty training programme open to clinical pharmacology and therapeutics trainees. Trainees should express an interest in stroke training before their final year so that the first year of stroke training can be integrated into their main specialty training. A second year of advanced stroke medicine training is required to reach the level required of consultants. Entry to stroke training is by competitive interview. Currently, there are two to three candidates for every post.

Getting in tips

These tips will give you some ideas to add to your CV. Whether you're a medical student, foundation trainee or doing your core specialty training, there's information below to help you. 

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