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The fastest growing specialty in the NHS

As the medical specialty dealing with the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of mental illness as well as emotional and behavioural disorders - it is the fastest growing specialty in the NHS offering competitive salaries, career progression, specialty training and CCT & CESR.

Requirements for an overseas psychiatrist to work in the UK

  • IELTS or OET 
  • MRCPsych (UK) or PLAB
  • GMC registration
  • EEA applicants will only require GMC registration and IELTS or OET 

IMG Library Find out more on IELTS or OET, GMC Registration, PLAB, MRCPsych or to understand the Route to the UK for an Overseas Psychiatrist.

What should I know about Psychiatry in the UK?  

NHS psychiatrists may see in-patients in a hospital setting, or work within the community. Psychiatrists work across a range of services, such as specialist hospital units, schools, residential care homes, or a combination of settings. However, most work in community mental health teams, out-patient departments and hospital wards. 

There are six psychiatry specialties: adult psychiatry, psychiatry of old age, child and adolescent psychiatry, forensic psychiatry, psychiatry of intellectual disability, and psychotherapy. It is possible to sub-specialise in adult psychiatry - in liaison, perinatal, substance misuse or addictions, neuro-psychiatry, eating disorders, rehabilitation and social psychiatry.

What can you expect to do as part of a typical working week in the NHS?

Psychiatrists in the UK often follow a regular Monday-Friday daytime pattern. On call work, especially at associate specialist or consultant level, is generally less onerous than other medical and surgical specialties. The regular work pattern enables an excellent work-life balance. 

Hospital work can include ward rounds for acute or long-term patients as well as outpatient clinics. New patients may have appointments lasting an hour, considerably longer than appointments given in other medical specialties. Follow-up appointments may last around 20 or 30 minutes.

Most consultant psychiatrists have around ten hours allocated each week for non-clinical activities including research and audit. 

Psychiatrists sometimes see patients on their own in an out-patient clinic. More often, they work as part of a team with colleagues from other professions such as nursing, social work, psychology and occupational therapy.


Did you know? The Mental Health Act (1983) is the main piece of legislation that covers the assessment, treatment and rights of people with a mental health disorder in the UK.



 

45,124 - 77,519

A very exciting opportunity for an Eating Disorder Psychiatrist to join a Trust that has recently received an outstanding status with their CQC rating and being one of just five mental health and learning disabilities NHS trusts in England to hold such a rating. A perfect chance to work within established NHS team in the South East of England, close to London. This is a great opportunity for an experienced psychiatrist who is looking for a job within a service where they can establish themselves in the NHS, and grow their career towards being a consultant.

WHAT IS THE NHS TRUST LIKE? 
The Trust was established on 1st April 2001, and achieved Foundation Trust status on 1st of August 2007. In January 2013, the Trust was awarded the University Trust status, making it only the third mental health organisation in the country to be awarded this status. The Trust provides mental health and social care services for Adults of Working Age, Older Adults, Children and Adolescents and Specialist Learning Disabilities services across Hertfordshire. HPFT employs approximately 2800 people working from more than 80 sites.

The Trust is at the forefront of providing integrated health and social care. The Trust specialises in providing services for people with mental health problems and people with a learning disability including those who require specialist or forensic health care. Over the years the quality of the mental health services and the achievements of the staff have been recognised nationally including the “Mental Health Trust of The Year Award” for 2020 at the Health Service Journal Awards.

In a recent NHS Staff Survey the trust achieved the best score for safety culture amongst mental health and learning disabilities trusts throughout the country. The staff have also said that they would recommend the trust as a place to work and as a place for their friends and family to receive care. They are driven by our values. If you believe in Respect, Kindness and a Positive outlook then you'll be right at home.

WHAT IS THE DEPARTMENT & TEAM LIKE? 
The department consist of a strong highly qualified staff which includes a professional lead, psychologists, psychotherapists of different backgrounds, clinical nurse specialists and nurse practitioners, dieticians, occupational therapists and support workers. It has a vibrant multidisciplinary community team, a day unit, a newly appointed FREED champion, is actively involved in the East of England New Care Models collaborative and is hoping to secure permanent funding for nursing posts to manage medical monitoring, an expansion to the existing team complement to manage the increase in demand and for an intensive community provision.  

The Service receives 50 –60 referrals a month, with about 10-12 service users in Specialist Eating Disorder Units and 5-6 on mental health wards. The service also often have one or two service users in general medical wards either for medical stabilisation or while they are awaiting a SEDU. The active caseload varies from 50-60% of total referrals. Of these, about 55% have Anorexia or atypical anorexia, 24% Bulimia or atypical and 19% EDNOS-Eating Disorder Not Otherwise Specified or ARFID-Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder and BED-Binge Eating Disorder.

The role of the post holder is complimentary to all these professionals with the intention of providing a comprehensive management of eating disorder. The post holder’s focus will be on clinical leadership, and medical management of the eating disorder with a strong respect for and understanding of the psychological drivers and maintainers of the eating disorder.

WHAT IS LIFE LIKE IN THE REGION?
The region represents one of the finest areas in the UK in which to live. 

The Trust covers a mixed rural and urban area, including large and smaller towns. The area has excellent connections to London and the rest of the country. There are three major roads going North-South (the M1, the A1 and the A10). In addition the M25 passes through. Train services are also excellent with the journey time to London from some towns is less than 20 - 30 minutes.

Education is of a high standard. Currently more than 160,000 children are educated in the county’s network of 566 schools made up of 17 nursery schools, 426 primary schools, 9 middle schools, 78 secondary schools, 27 Special Schools and 8 Education Support Centres. Exam results and SATs continue to be above the national average and the ration of pupils to teachers is among the best in the shire counties. There is also a wide range of public/private schools to choose from.

WHAT OPPORTUNITIES ARE AVAILABLE TO YOU?
The combination of clinical practice and first-class academic connections means that medical professionals have a wide range of opportunities to develop their careers and achieve their aspirations. You will have access to leadership, teaching, educational and research opportunities for Continued Professional Develop (CPD).

As a new member of the team you will receive mentoring and support from medical leads as well as access to a large peer group of enthusiastic and high-caliber Specialty Doctors and Consultants.

In addition to the generous pension and annual leave that comes with NHS employment, the trust offers additional benefits to our staff including a salary sacrifice scheme enabling staff to drive a brand new car or purchase a new bike as well as an HMRC scheme enabling savings on registered childcare costs.

ARE YOU ELIGIBLE FOR THIS ROLE?
EEA Candidates: 

  • Experience in Eating Disorder Psychiatry
Non-EEA Candidates: 
  • MRCPsych
  • Experience in Eating Disorder Psychiatry
UK based applicants 
  • Experience in Eating Disorder Psychiatry
45,124 to 79,054

An excellent opportunity to join a multiple award-winning, combined mental health and community Trust for an experienced General Adult Psychiatrist specialising in early intervention. You will join an established service, supportive of candidates wishing to attain CESR, or experienced consultants looking to grow their career in the NHS. The post is suitable for overseas psychiatrists, including applications from Specialty Doctors and Consultants. 

WHAT IS THIS MENTAL HEALTH TRUST LIKE? 
The Trust is performing at a good level across all community and inpatient services, it provides integrated mental health services in London and also provides community health services across its catchment area. They are a large provider of integrated mental health services, employing 3,359 staff with an annual income of £237 million. The trust serves a population of 1.2 million and operates services from five main inpatient sites and a further 25 sites in the community. Specialist services include regional forensic, eating disorders and adolescent inpatient services and a national stalking service. 

In 2014 they were awarded 'University Affiliated’ status, which facilitates stronger working relations, including the opportunity for experienced academics and experienced clinicians within the Trust to coproduce mental health education and research projects which meet the needs of local people. This agreement enhances the current partnership between the two organisations, demonstrating a strong commitment to education, research and development.

WHAT IS THE DEPARTMENT & TEAM LIKE? 

The team consists of multi-skilled professionals providing care to people ages 18-65 years of age experiencing their first episode of psychosis. The team works with people for up to 3 years, and has a caseload of approximately 150. You will play a lead role in the assessment, care-planning and treatment of people referred to the team, including carrying our duties under the Mental Health Act.

You will receive support to complete Section 12 of the Mental Health Act 1983 (2007). The post holder will attend and contribute to weekly multi-disciplinary team meetings, providing medical input and advice to cases being discussed. The post holder will liaise regularly with general practitioners and other professionals within and outside of the Trust involved in the your patients’ care. 

WHAT IS LIFE LIKE IN NORTH LONDON FOR PSYCHIATRISTS? 
This great world city is far more than just the capital of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. London is bustling, vibrant, multicultural and cosmopolitan. London is both old and new, a place where traditional pubs rub shoulders with the newest cocktail bars. Its most ancient castle is right next door to its newest skyscrapers. London's energy, as 8.6 million people go about their everyday lives, is tangible in every journey on the Underground, every stroll through a market and every walk along the banks of the River Thames. From the royal parks to the theatre stage, London really does have it all.

Working as a psychiatrist in London brings a range of exciting prospects. You will have the opportunity to work in some of the best mental health trusts in the UK, who will offer you the opportunity to constantly grow your medical and scientific knowledge and skills. In London you will have the opportunity to work in a wide range of settings, and as you progress through your career, you will have more opportunity to shape the way you work; you can develop research, work part time or full time and can combine your career with a wide range of other interests.


WHAT OPPORTUNITIES ARE AVAILABLE TO YOU AT THE TRUST?
With an extremely active education/teaching programme supported by the consultant team, there is opportunity to work towards and complete CESR, RCPsych exams, get involved in active research and many aspects of CPD. 

Participation in research and educational activities will be encouraged.

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ARE YOU ELIGIBLE FOR THIS ROLE?
EEA Candidates:

  • Experience of working in General Adult Psychiatry, with interest in Early Intervention Service
  • Specialist certification in psychiatry

Non-EEA Candidates:

  • MRCPsych
  • Experience of working in General Adult Psychiatry, with interest in Early Intervention Service

UK based applicants

  • Experience of working in General Adult Psychiatry, with interest in Early Intervention Service
  • Within 6 - 12 months of CCT
45,124 to 79,054

An excellent opportunity for an experienced Forensic Psychiatrist to join a an established service working primarily in a North London prison service in London. The post if suitable for overseas psychiatrists, including candidates who are pursuing CESR. 

For overseas psychiatry specialists, applications from experienced Specialty Doctors and Consultants are welcomed, especially from those
 who wish to gain experience in forensic psychiatry as part of their general career path, or to those who are considering a permanent career in forensic psychiatry.

WHAT IS THIS MENTAL HEALTH TRUST LIKE? 
The Trust is performing at a good level across all community and inpatient services, it provides integrated mental health services in London and also provides community health services across its catchment area. They are a large provider of integrated mental health services, employing 3,359 staff with an annual income of £237 million. The trust serves a population of 1.2 million and operates services from five main inpatient sites and a further 25 sites in the community. Specialist services include regional forensic, eating disorders and adolescent inpatient services and a national stalking service. 

In 2014 they were awarded 'University Affiliated’ status, which facilitates stronger working relations, including the opportunity for experienced academics and experienced clinicians within the Trust to coproduce mental health education and research projects which meet the needs of local people. This agreement enhances the current partnership between the two organisations, demonstrating a strong commitment to education, research and development.

WHAT IS THE DEPARTMENT & TEAM LIKE? 
The department is committed to providing a supportive working environment together with developmental opportunities to further the professional careers of all staff.

The post will involve active participation in patient management, report writing, and contribution to case reviews and team meetings. One session is available for participation in our clinical governance and audit activities.


This is a large forensic psychiatric service which has been rated outstanding by the CQC on two consecutive occasions. They provide clinical care, assessment and advice in a wide range of inpatient and outreach community locations in North London.

WHAT IS LIFE LIKE IN NORTH LONDON FOR PSYCHIATRISTS? 
This great world city is far more than just the capital of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. London is bustling, vibrant, multicultural and cosmopolitan. London is both old and new, a place where traditional pubs rub shoulders with the newest cocktail bars. Its most ancient castle is right next door to its newest skyscrapers. London's energy, as 8.6 million people go about their everyday lives, is tangible in every journey on the Underground, every stroll through a market and every walk along the banks of the River Thames. From the royal parks to the theatre stage, London really does have it all.

Working as a psychiatrist in London brings a range of exciting prospects. You will have the opportunity to work in some of the best mental health trusts in the UK, who will offer you the opportunity to constantly grow your medical and scientific knowledge and skills. In London you will have the opportunity to work in a wide range of settings, and as you progress through your career, you will have more opportunity to shape the way you work; you can develop research, work part time or full time and can combine your career with a wide range of other interests.


WHAT OPPORTUNITIES ARE AVAILABLE TO YOU AT THE TRUST?
With an extremely active education/teaching programme supported by the consultant team, there is opportunity to work towards and complete CESR, RCPsych exams, get involved in active research and many aspects of CPD. 

Participation in research and educational activities will be encouraged.

ARE YOU ELIGIBLE FOR THIS ROLE?
EEA Candidates:

  • Experience of working in Forensic Psychiatry

Non-EEA Candidates:

  • MRCPsych
  • Specialist certification in psychiatry

UK based applicants

  • Experience of working in Forensic Psychiatry
  • Within 6-12 months of CCT
84,559 to 114,003

An excellent opportunity for an experienced Consultant General Adult Psychiatrist with interest in Eating Disorders to join a top performing NHS Trust in London. 

The post if suitable for overseas psychiatrists, including candidates who are pursuing CESR. Specialists in Psychiatry, holding a specialist certification would be suitable for this post, based on experience entering at either Specialty Doctor or Consultant grade.


Overseas applications from experienced Specialty Doctors and Consultants are welcomed.

WHAT IS THIS MENTAL HEALTH TRUST LIKE? 
The Trust is performing at a good level across all community and inpatient services, it provides integrated mental health services in London and also provides community health services across its catchment area. They are a large provider of integrated mental health services, employing 3,359 staff with an annual income of £237 million.

The trust serves a population of 1.2 million and operates services from five main inpatient sites and a further 25 sites in the community. Specialist services include regional forensic, eating disorders and adolescent inpatient services and a national stalking service. 

In 2014 they were awarded 'University Affiliated’ status, which facilitates stronger working relations, including the opportunity for experienced academics and experienced clinicians within the Trust to coproduce mental health education and research projects which meet the needs of local people. This agreement enhances the current partnership between the two organisations, demonstrating a strong commitment to education, research and development.

WHAT IS THE SERVICE & TEAM LIKE? 

The Team is commissioned as a regional specialist service for a population of approximately 7 million. A comprehensive range of outpatient, day patient and inpatient (in a specific ward) treatment is provided for patients with all types of eating disorders, aged 18 and above.

All the service facilities have been designed to a high standard. There are 20 acute beds on the Iris ward. The Day Unit offers a comprehensive day programme for eating disorders.

The post-holder will have shared responsibility with the existing Consultant Psychiatrists within the service for providing a comprehensive eating disorders services for the commissioning bodies. The post-holder will be jointly responsible for the assessment and medical management of patients receiving out-patient and day-patient treatment with other doctors within the service. 

WHAT IS LIFE LIKE IN NORTH LONDON FOR PSYCHIATRISTS? 
This great world city is far more than just the capital of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. London is bustling, vibrant, multicultural and cosmopolitan. London is both old and new, a place where traditional pubs rub shoulders with the newest cocktail bars.

Its most ancient castle is right next door to its newest skyscrapers. London's energy, as 8.6 million people go about their everyday lives, is tangible in every journey on the Underground, every stroll through a market and every walk along the banks of the River Thames. From the royal parks to the theatre stage, London really does have it all.

Working as a psychiatrist in London brings a range of exciting prospects. You will have the opportunity to work in some of the best mental health trusts in the UK, who will offer you the opportunity to constantly grow your medical and scientific knowledge and skills. In London you will have the opportunity to work in a wide range of settings, and as you progress through your career, you will have more opportunity to shape the way you work; you can develop research, work part time or full time and can combine your career with a wide range of other interests.


WHAT OPPORTUNITIES ARE AVAILABLE TO YOU AT THE TRUST?
With an extremely active education/teaching programme supported by the consultant team, there is opportunity to work towards and complete CESR, RCPsych exams, get involved in active research and many aspects of CPD. 

Participation in research and educational activities will be encouraged.

ARE YOU ELIGIBLE FOR THIS ROLE?
EEA Candidates:

  • Experience of working in Eating Disorders Psychiatry

  • Board Certified Specialist in Psychiatry

Non-EEA Candidates:

  • MRCPsych

  • Experience of working in Eating Disorders Psychiatry

UK based applicants

  • Experience of working in Eating Disorders Psychiatry

  • Within 6 - 12 months of completing CCT

84,559 to 114,003

An excellent opportunity for an experienced Consultant Old Age Psychiatrist to join an established community clinic in London. The post if suitable for overseas psychiatrists, including candidates who are pursuing CESR. Specialists in Psychiatry, holding a specialist certification would be suitable for this post, based on experience entering at either Specialty Doctor or Consultant grade.

Overseas applications from experienced Specialty Doctors and Consultants are welcomed.

WHAT IS THIS MENTAL HEALTH TRUST LIKE? 
The Trust is performing at a good level across all community and inpatient services, it provides integrated mental health services in London and also provides community health services across its catchment area. They are a large provider of integrated mental health services, employing 3,359 staff with an annual income of £237 million.

The trust serves a population of 1.2 million and operates services from five main inpatient sites and a further 25 sites in the community. Specialist services include regional forensic, eating disorders and adolescent inpatient services and a national stalking service. 

In 2014 they were awarded 'University Affiliated’ status, which facilitates stronger working relations, including the opportunity for experienced academics and experienced clinicians within the Trust to coproduce mental health education and research projects which meet the needs of local people. This agreement enhances the current partnership between the two organisations, demonstrating a strong commitment to education, research and development.

WHAT IS THE DEPARTMENT & TEAM LIKE? 

The post offered is that of Consultant Psychiatrist in Older Adult Psychiatry, working in both the community mental health team and the memory clinic. In addition to this post, three additional CMHTs make up the older adult community service for the borough.

The personnel of the CMHT include: medical staff, Community Psychiatric Nurses, Occupational Therapist, and Psychiatric Social Workers. There is a Psychological Therapy Department which provides therapy for older adults and which works across CMHTs in the Borough as does the Occupational Therapy Service.

The post holder will have responsibility for the diagnostic assessment and treatment of older adult psychiatric patients from the designated catchment area referred to and accepted by the service. Outpatient clinics and domiciliary visits in the community will constitute the majority of the direct clinical care provided by the post holder.

WHAT IS LIFE LIKE IN NORTH LONDON FOR PSYCHIATRISTS? 
This great world city is far more than just the capital of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. London is bustling, vibrant, multicultural and cosmopolitan. London is both old and new, a place where traditional pubs rub shoulders with the newest cocktail bars.

Its most ancient castle is right next door to its newest skyscrapers. London's energy, as 8.6 million people go about their everyday lives, is tangible in every journey on the Underground, every stroll through a market and every walk along the banks of the River Thames. From the royal parks to the theatre stage, London really does have it all.

Working as a psychiatrist in London brings a range of exciting prospects. You will have the opportunity to work in some of the best mental health trusts in the UK, who will offer you the opportunity to constantly grow your medical and scientific knowledge and skills. In London you will have the opportunity to work in a wide range of settings, and as you progress through your career, you will have more opportunity to shape the way you work; you can develop research, work part time or full time and can combine your career with a wide range of other interests.


WHAT OPPORTUNITIES ARE AVAILABLE TO YOU AT THE TRUST?
With an extremely active education/teaching programme supported by the consultant team, there is opportunity to work towards and complete CESR, RCPsych exams, get involved in active research and many aspects of CPD. 

Participation in research and educational activities will be encouraged.

ARE YOU ELIGIBLE FOR THIS ROLE?
EEA Candidates:

  • Experience of working in Older Adult Psychiatry

  • Board Certified Specialist in Psychiatry

Non-EEA Candidates:

  • MRCPsych

  • Experience of working in Older Adult Psychiatry

UK based applicants

  • Experience of working in Older Adult Psychiatry

  • Within 6 - 12 months of completing CCT

£84,559 - £114,003

An outstanding NHS Trust are seeking experienced General Adult Psychiatrists to join one of the top performing NHS Mental Health Trusts in the UK. This is a great opportunity for experience General Adult Psychiatrists who want to establish themselves in the NHS, and grow their consultant career. 

The post is suitable for candidates holding specialisation in the EEA, or for experienced IMGs looking to complete CESR.

This is a very exciting time to be join the trust following a recent achievement of outstanding with their CQC rating and being one of just five mental health and learning disabilities NHS trusts in England to hold an outstanding rating.

WHAT IS THE NHS TRUST LIKE? 

Over the years the quality of the mental health services and the achievements of the staff have been recognised nationally including the “Mental Health Trust of The Year Award” for 2020 at the Health Service Journal Awards.

In a recent NHS Staff Survey the trust achieved the best score for safety culture amongst mental health and learning disabilities trusts throughout the country. The staff have also said that they would recommend the trust as a place to work and as a place for their friends and family to receive care. They are driven by our values. If you believe in Respect, Kindness and a Positive outlook then you'll be right at home.

WHAT IS THE DEPARTMENT & TEAM LIKE?

The Team is a dynamic and developing service. It has a vibrant multidisciplinary community team, a day unit, a newly appointed FREED champion, who is actively involved in the East of England New Care Models collaborative. Permanent funding has been secured for nursing posts to manage medical monitoring, an expansion to the existing team to manage the increase in demand and for an intensive community provision.

The service actively promotes recovery from an eating disorder in the community which enables the individual to use their existing skills to make progress in their life at the same time as managing their illness. The Service receives 50 –60 referrals a month and the active caseload varies from 50-60% of total referrals.

They have a strong team of highly qualified staff. The role of the post holder is complimentary to all these professionals with the intention of providing a comprehensive management of eating disorder. The post holder’s focus will be on clinical leadership, and medical management of the eating disorder with a strong respect for and understanding of the psychological drivers and maintainers of the eating disorder.
 

WHAT IS LIFE LIKE IN THE REGION?

Whether you want to live in London and commute, live in the country or small towns, working in this trust has something to offer. The Trust covers a mixed rural and urban area, including large and smaller towns. The area has excellent connections to London and the rest of the country. A large number of psychiatrists working in the trust choose to commute from London, some locations can be reached from London in 17 – 30 minutes depending on the locality. By car from several parts of North London the commute is under 30 mins.

The trust is a situated in beautiful county with picturesque, rural villages and a number of lovely, vibrant towns and garden cities. Ranked in 2016, by uSwitch Better Family Life Index, as the best place to raise a family, The region scored highly on top exam results, good pay prospects, high employment rates, fast broadband and better weather than other towns in the Index! It is also well known for its excellent schools, stunning countryside and fantastic local facilities which provide plenty of opportunities to relax and enjoy yourself away from work.

There are three major roads going North-South (the M1, the A1 and the A10). In addition the M25 passes through. Train services are also excellent with the journey time to London from some towns is less than 20 - 30 minutes. Education is of a high standard. Currently more than 160,000 children are educated in the county’s network of 566 schools made up of 17 nursery schools, 426 primary schools, 9 middle schools, 78 secondary schools, 27 Special Schools and 8 Education Support Centres. Exam results and SATs continue to be above the national average and the ration of pupils to teachers is among the best in the shire counties. There is also a wide range of public/private schools to choose from.

WHAT OPPORTUNITIES ARE AVAILABLE TO YOU?

The combination of clinical practice and first-class academic connections means that medical professionals have a wide range of opportunities to develop their careers and achieve their aspirations. You will have access to leadership, teaching, educational and research opportunities for Continued Professional Develop (CPD).

If you are a new consultant you will receive mentoring and support from medical leads as well as access to a large peer group of enthusiastic and high-caliber Consultants.

In addition to the generous pension and annual leave that comes with NHS employment, the trust offers additional benefits to our staff including a salary sacrifice scheme enabling staff to drive a brand new car or purchase a new bike as well as an HMRC scheme enabling savings on registered childcare costs.

ARE YOU ELIGIBLE FOR THIS ROLE?
EEA Candidates: 

  • Experience of working in Eating Disorders Psychiatry
  • Board Certified Specialisation in Psychiatry 
Non-EEA Candidates: 
  • MRCPsych
  • Consultant experience of working in Eating Disorders Psychiatry
UK based applicants 
  • Experience of working in Eating Disorders Psychiatry
  • Within 6 - 12 months of completing CCT

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