Medical specialty training

After successful completion of the Foundation programme you are awarded the Foundation Achievement of Competence Document (FACD).  You are then able to go on to training in a chosen specialty, or general practice (GP) training.

Training programmes differ in length and structure according to specialty.

Length of training can also depend on your rate of achievement of competencies. It can also depend on whether you take time out eg Out of Programme Research (OOPR), or if you train less than full-time (LTFT).

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Types of training programme

There are a number of different types of training programmes which are different for each specialty

Run-through training

For some specialties training is through a run-through programme. You only have to apply once, at the beginning of the programme, and are recruited for the full duration of the specialty training.

Uncoupled training

Other specialties consist of core training and then competitive entry into higher specialty training.

The length of core training can differ:

The length of higher specialty training will also differ per specialty. You can go to the explore roles section to look at the range of specialties.

Entry to some specialties is very competitive. Competition ratios show numbers of applications received against posts available.

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