Specialist Registrar training currently comprises structured programmes of training and education lasting four to six years depending on the specialty. These programmes are called Type 1 programmes and lead to:
CCT - Certificate of Completion of Training.
This is awarded to trainees who have successfully completed a Type 1 programme.
They require the trainee to have one of the following :
- NTN - National Training Number - Trainees appointed to full Type 1 programmes will be issued with a number.
- VTN - Visitors Training Number - Overseas trainees are given this number if they are on a full Type 1 programme.
A training appointment may also be one of the following types:
- FTTA - Fixed Term Training Appointments are approved training posts, but they do not lead to the award of a CCT. They are mainly for overseas (non-EU) doctors wishing to gain some training experience in the UK.
- LAT - Locum Appointment for Training
These are approved training posts and may count towards a CCT if the doctor subsequently gains a place on a Type 1 programme.
- LAS - Locum Appointment for Service are not approved training posts.
N.B. The SpR grade and methods of training are currently being phased out and will be replaced with Specialist Training (run-through grades)