Training and development (nuclear medicine)

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 nuclear medicine is available from the GMC.

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

Programmes generally consist of four to six placements in medical specialties which must include direct involvement in the acute medical take. Trainees record their workplace based assessments in an ePortfolio which they continue to use in specialty training.

Given the nature of nuclear medicine, entry into specialty training is allowed not only from a background in clinical medicine but also from clinical radiology and other specialties such as surgery and paediatrics. Depending on the process of assessment used in this training they may be issued with a CCT or CESR (Certificate of Eligibility for Specialist Registration) but in both cases are eligible for specialist registration at ST3 level. Further information is available from the JRCPTB.

Applicants for specialty training at ST3 should also hold the full MRCP (UK). Not all applicants who meet the required standard to continue will necessarily be offered a post due to the level of competition.

Specialty training in nuclear medicine takes a minimum of six years (ST3-8). Trainees are required to undertake core level clinical radiology training and complete FRCR (Fellowship of the Royal College of Radiologists) during the first three years of training. In the following three years trainees undertake higher nuclear medicine training and complete the Diploma in Nuclear Medicine. This enables trainees to apply for entry to the specialist register in both Nuclear Medicine (CCT) and Clinical Radiology (CESR).

Detailed entry requirements and all essential and desirable criteria are listed in the person specification 2017 for nuclear medicine ST3.

All 2017 person specifications can be found on the NHS specialty training website. Please note that these documents are updated every year in the autumn before the recruitment round opens.

This information is correct at the time of writing. Full and accurate details of training pathways are available from medical royal colleges or the GMC.

Getting in tips

It is important to develop your practical skills and interest in nuclear medicine as early as you can. This will also give you valuable experience 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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