Key Changes to CESR Applications from 30th November 2023

  • September 26, 2023

From the 30th of November 2023, the UK’s General Medical Council will introduce significant changes to the application process for Specialist Registration, namely CESR (Certificate of Eligibility for Specialist Registration) and CEGPR (Certificate of Eligibility for GP Registration). These changes focus on the evidence required in creating an application for Specialist Registration. 

What are the new changes to the CESR and CEGPR process?

Doctors who are applying for Specialist or GP Registration will now need to demonstrate that their knowledge, skills, and experience align with the high-level learning outcomes of the GMC-approved UK curriculum in the relevant specialty. These generic professional capabilities will be incorporated into specialty curricula and will therefore be equally demonstrated by UK trainees at the end of their approved training.  

Why are these changes being made?

The current system for CESR and CEGPR applications requires the mapping of evidence to the detailed CCT (Certificate of Completion of Training) curriculum in a specific specialty. The goal of this change is to ensure that doctors have a comprehensive understanding of the core competencies needed to practice effectively in their chosen specialty, whilst allowing the GMC the flexibility to accept a wider range of evidence. 

This change is significant because it shifts the focus from a narrow and specific curriculum to a broader and more comprehensive approach. By aligning with the high-level learning outcomes, doctors will be better equipped to provide quality care and meet the evolving needs of patients.  

What will the new system be called?

The GMC has confirmed that both the CESR and CEGPR will be known as ‘Portfolio Pathway’ from 30th November 2023. This will be a more appropriate name which aligns with the evidence of knowledge, skills and experience required for practising as an eligible Specialist or GP in the UK. 


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