The first requirement on the 2017 CT1 person specifications is that you must be qualified to practise medicine, and therefore must have qualified from a recognised medical school. This criterion will ultimately be demonstrated by gaining full GMC registration.

You are thus required to have an MBBS or equivalent medical qualification. To provide details of this:

On your application: under the 'Entry qualification' section of the competences page, answer the questions as appropriate on your qualification and medical school/university

At interview: provide the original documentation showing your medical qualification - eg MBBS certificate

You must not have previously relinquished, been released or removed from an ACCS-AM or CMT programme, except under exceptional circumstances.


Should you be in this position, your application can only be considered if accompanied by a completed Support for Re-application to a Specialty Training Programme form - completed by the postgraduate dean, or designated deputy, of the region managing the training programme on which you were employed.

This can be downloaded from the document library.

Providing information

You can provide information within and alongside your application as below:

On your application: the first question on the application relates to this; upon answering 'yes', you will be advised to send the completed form to your first-choice region after submitting your application; you will need to email this prior to the closing date for applications

At interview: provide the original copy of the form

If I applied in a previous round, but withdrew my application / rejected a post offer, does that count as a previous departure?

No. You would only be considered to have departed a post if you had physically begun working in the post, before leaving it at a later stage.

If you applied to CT1 in a previous round and then withdrew your application for any reason, even after accepting a post (as long as your withdrawal came before you actually started working in the post), this would not be classed as relinquishing a post. 

You will be required to declare any criminal convictions or issues in relation to your fitness to practise.

For propriety, such declarations need to include all convictions, regardless of whether or not they can be regarded as 'spent'; this includes driving offences, with the exception of fixed penalty notices and parking offences.

This will be assessed from your application, at interview, via your references, and will be checked prior to you taking up any employment offered.

The application form will contain a full page dedicated to nine fitness to practise issues.

Should you answer 'yes' to any of the nine corresponding questions, you will be required to send further details to your first-choice preference your application using the fitness to practise email addresses given on the contacts page of this website. This information should be supplied by the application closing date.

In addition to demonstrating you have the experience requirements, there are three related requirements to your career stated on the person specifications:

  • ability to provide a complete employment history
  • evidence that career progression is consistent with personal circumstances
  • evidence that present achievement and performance is commensurate with totality of period of training.

Information on these can be provided as follows:

On your application: complete in full the employment section of the form.

At interview: your application and training to date will be discussed in station 1 of the interview

You must meet professional health requirements in line with GMC standards, as described in Good Medical Practice.

Provide information on this as follows:

On your application: within the declarations page, you will declare your understanding that employment will be subject to satisfactory medical clearance, and your awareness of GMC guidelines on fitness to practise

At interview: none

The CT1 person specifications have an explicit requirement for all applicants to have gained an Advanced Life Support Certificate from the Resuscitation Council UK (or equivalent) by the post start date.

Candidates who will have completed UK foundation training by the time of post start date should meet this automatically, by virtue of it being a requirement for completion of foundation.

Those who have not undertaken UK foundation training will need to demonstrate they have gained this or an equivalent certificate.

The UK Resuscitation Council (RC[UK] website) is keen to ensure strict quality control and standardisation of experience/skills gained in resuscitation training. As such, there are strict guidelines applied on which courses/certificates can be classed as equivalent to the RC(UK) certificate.

RC(UK) course certificates are recognised across Europe and are valid for four years (ILS/PILS are valid for one year).

The holder of any RC(UK) course certificate has achieved a standard defined by the RC(UK); the tight quality control applied to the course programmes, the teaching scenarios, the instructors and the assessment provides some assurance of this standard.

Since RC(UK) have no such information on, or control over, the standards of potential 'equivalent' courses, RC(UK) clearly cannot offer any similar guarantee concerning successful participants.

However; ALS certificates provided by the European Resuscitation Council (ERC) (ERC website) or Australian Resuscitation Council (ARC) (ARC website) are recognised by RC(UK), as these organisations use the same programme, teaching material and assessment process.

So in summary: ALS courses/certificates from only the UK , European and Australian Resuscitation Councils can be accepted as meeting the requirement for advanced life support training.

Providing information

You can provide information as follows:

On your application: you will be asked whether or not you have a valid ALS certificate on the application form and the date of completion

At interview: provide the original certificate demonstrating completion. If you have not completed ALS at time of interview and go on to accept an offer, you will be required to submit the certificate to the employing region, prior to the post start date, to be able to take up employment

Trainees currently working in a CMT/ACCS-AM training programme, who are applying to continue their training in another region without a break in service will be required to submit a Support for Reapplication of Specialty Training in a Different Region form; which can be downloaded from the document library.

This form must be submitted at time of application by all applicants currently holding a National Training Number (NTN) or Deanery Reference Number (DRN) in a specialty training programme to which they are re-applying in open competition with the intention of changing region.

The form must be completed by a Head of School or Training Programme Director, with direct knowledge of your training from the region where you currently undertake training in this specialty. 

Please ensure you advise your current Training Programme Director as soon as possible and ideally before the application is submitted.  Submission and approval of post numbers for recruitment happens way in advance of training programmes being advertised.  Being aware of a potential vacancy could assist your Training Programme Director with the management of their training programme.  Early communication of intention to the Training Programme Director will not affect your application.

Providing information

You can provide information within and alongside your application as below:

On your application: answer the relevant question on the 'Personal' section of the application form; upon answering 'yes', you will be advised to send the completed form to your first-choice region after submitting your application. You will need to email this prior to the closing date for applications

At interview: provide the original copy of the form