Training and development (RM)

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 rehabilitation medicine is available from the GMC.

Entry into rehabilitation medicine can be through a variety of routes.

Completion of foundation training and core training are essential. Applicants should hold full MRCP (UK) if their background is core medical training (CMT) or acute care common stem training (ACCS). Rehabilitation medicine is also open to those who have completed core surgical training including the MRCS examination, Core psychiatry training including MRCPsych or general practice specialty training including MRCGP. Not all applicants who meet the required standard to continue will necessarily be offered a post due to the level of competition.

Trainees can enter specialty training in rehabilitation medicine at ST3 level. Specialty training takes a minimum of four years.

Trainees may wish to dually train and accredit in rehabilitation medicine and neurology or rheumatology to achieve two CCTs. In this case they must have applied for and successfully entered a training programme which was advertised openly as a dual training programme.

Stroke medicine is a sub-specialty training programme open to rehabilitation 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.

The JRCPTB has detailed information on the curriculum and assessment for rehabilitation medicine.

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

The specialty is well suited to flexible training and working patterns.

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

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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