Changes to rules for demonstrating core competence in 2018 recruitment

There are a few changes to the rules for demonstrating core competence which will affect candidates:

  • completing core medical training (CMT) more than three years prior to the advertised post start date
  • completing training in a JRCPTB internationally accredited equivalent core medical training programme
  • not completing UK core training and requiring an Alternative Certificate of Core Competence.

Whilst the website is being updated for 2018 recruitment, a summary of the changes are below:

Applicants previously completing CMT

In recent recruitment rounds a rule was applied that those completing CMT (or ACCS acute medicine) more than three years prior to advertised post start date would not be able to use their programme completion to demonstrate the CMT competence criterion, instead requiring an Alternative Certificate of Core Competence. The rationale for this change was to ensure that those who completed the programme prior to the agreed time limit were maintaining their competence and would be safe to practise in an ST3 training programme.

Whilst this is still considered very important, the agreement is that the training region will be responsible for ensuring that incoming ST3 trainees are safe and supported to practice in the specialty, in accordance with the JRCPTB’s return to practice guidelines. Consequently these applicants will be able to use their ARCP as evidence regardless of when they completed CMT or ACCS acute medicine.

Please note that this only applies to those completing a GMC approved core medical training programme; those completing medical specialty training prior to the advent of core medical training will need to complete an Alternative Certificate of Core Competence.

JRCPTB internationally accredited equivalent core medical training

Applicants who have trained in a core medical training programme outside of the UK, which is level 3 accredited by the JRCPTB as equivalent to the UK, will not need to submit an Alternative Certificate of Core Competence. Like UK applicants, they will need to either be on track to complete the programme by the advertised post start date (1 August 2018 for round 1) or supply evidence of successful completion of the programme.

Applicants requiring an Alternative Certificate of Core Competence

There are a couple of changes in this area:

  • The time period in which you must have worked have worked with the supervisor signing your form has been increased from three years prior to the advertised post start date, to the 1 January of the year three years prior. In practical terms for 2018 recruitment, this means you must have worked with them for at least three months since 1 January 2015 rather than 1 August 2015.
  • Previous versions of the alternative certificate will now be accepted. Provided that your alternative certificate is either the 2016, 2017 or 2018 version, and has been signed since 1 January 2015, you can use it for recruitment in both rounds of 2018 recruitment. This means that those applying in 2016 and 2017 can re-use that certificate rather than requesting a new one from a supervisor.

The 2018 versions of the certificate are available to download in the Document Library of the website and explain the rules in more detail.