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BMJ 1997; 315 doi: (Published 22 November 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;315:1384

Changes proposed to specialist medical order

The NHS Executive has issued a consultation document setting out proposals which would enable doctors in non-consultant career grades to apply for a certificate of completion of specialist training or entry to the specialist register

It is proposing that the specialist medical order should be amended to allow the Specialist Training Authority (STA) to recognise experience as well as formal training when considering applications. The STA should be able to recommend periods of further training up to 12 months to enable doctors to top up their training and experience to the required level.

Doctors who want to be assessed or reassessed will have to apply to the STA by 1 April 1998 and the STA will have to complete assessments by 1 August 1998. The NHS Executive proposes that the deadline for applying to the General Medical Council for access to the specialist register should be extended to 1 September 1998. Where the STA has recommended a period of extra training this must be completed by 1 September 2001—provided the doctor …

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