CESR Evaluators required in Northern Ireland and Scotland
Are you interested in this very important role which involves ensuring that Emergency Departments are led by consultants who have all the necessary competences? Are you a Member, Fellow or Associate Fellow of RCEM who is currently practising in EM in the NHS and is informed about the latest EM curriculum?
We currently need evaluators based in Northern Ireland and Scotland
Please contact Oonah Newbury for further details and a Job Description - oonah.newbury@RCEM.ac.uk
Information for doctors who wish to apply for UK Specialist Registration
It is a legal requirement for doctors to have their names entered on the General Medical Council's (GMC's) Specialist Register before taking up a substantive, honorary or fixed term NHS consultant post in the UK. Most doctors achieve this by completing a UK training programme resulting in the award of a Certificate of Completion of Training. However specialists who have not undergone a UK training programme are now able to apply for evaluation of their specialist training, qualifications, experience and knowledge to determine whether it is equivalent to the UK CCT.
You may apply for assessment in the specialty of Emergency Medicine if you have had a period of training or a qualification in Accident & Emergency Medicine/Emergency Medicine wherever obtained. You must be able to demonstrate that your qualifications, training, experience and knowledge are equivalent to that of a UK consultant in the NHS.
How to apply for a Certificate of Eligibility for Specialist Registration (CESR)
Applications are made directly to the General Medical Council (GMC
) under Article 14 of the General Medical Practice and Specialist Medical Evaluation Training and Qualifications Order 2003. You will find an application pack and guidance notes on the GMC website
Specialty Specific Guidance and GMC Generic Guidance
The Specialty Specific Guidance
informs applicants of the criteria against which all applications will be evaluated.
Applicants will be expected to meet the skills and knowledge outlined in the Royal College of Emergency Medicine's current curriculum
Common reasons for unsuccessful CESR applications
Applicants often fail due to insufficient evidence of current competences in the allied (Core) specialties of Acute Medicine, Intensive Care Medicine and Anaesthetics. In addition to submitting detailed logbooks, and workplace-based assessments as set out in the curriculum, it is expected that the applicant will have spent a period of time of at least three months (WTE) in each of Anaesthetics and Intensive Care Medicine. A period of time in Acute Medicine is desirable although these competences may be achieved in the Emergency Department. Experience in a Paediatric Emergency Department is recommended, but Paediatric EM competences may be achieved in a General ED with sufficient exposure to paediatric patients. Primary evidence of all competences should have been obtained within five years of submission of the application.
Note that applicants who have not completed FRCEM rarely provide sufficient equivalent evidence of having knowledge of the breadth and depth of the curriculum in order to succeed on a first CESR application.
Other frequent areas of shortfall include Advanced Life Support Courses (ALS, ATLS and APLS or recognised equivalents) not being in date, and lack of evidence to demonstrate completion of an audit cycle. Evidence for audit can include audit reports, presentation slides, publications and any guidelines produced as a result of the audit.
Contact GMC for information about the application process at email@example.com
Contact the Royal College of Emergency Medicine at firstname.lastname@example.org
Those preparing to apply for a CESR and who meet the experience/training requirements may be eligible to sit the Fellowship exam. It is highly recommended that applicants obtain FRCEM; equivalent evidence for knowledge of the breadth and depth of the curriculum needs to be extremely robust, and therefore it is rare for those without the qualification to succeed in obtaining CESR on a first application. Please email Exams@RCEM.ac.uk for clarification regarding eligibility for FRCEM. The application form, details about the exam and regulations are available on the Exams/FRCEM page of this website
ePortfolio for non-trainees
The RCEM ePortfolio
is available for non-trainees.
The College has an eLearning resource, RCEMLearning
, content of which has been mapped to the curriculum. For access information, please contact RCEMLearning@rcem.ac.uk