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Upskilling programme for middle grade doctors working in emergency departments

Health Education England will be running another upskilling programme for middle grade doctors working in emergency departments. This year, an element of the programme will be delivered via e-learning.

The programme will commence in September 2016 over a four month period covering the following:

Face to Face Training (5 days)

  1. Human factors and patient safety – 27 September 2016  (Princess Royal Hospital, Haywards Heath)
  2. Adult simulation with an introduction to simulation training and debrief – 18 October 2016 (Princess Royal Hospital, Haywards Heath)
  3. Paediatric simulation – 15 November 2016 (Medway Hospital)
  4. Adult simulation including procedural sedation and debrief – 1 December 2016 (Worthing Hospital)
  5. Leadership – date and venue tbc


  1. Sepsis and critical care
  2. Medicine and cardiology
  3. Surgical specialties and mental health

You will be required to attend/complete all of the sessions by December 2016.

CPD accreditation points for the programme are currently being sought.

We are able to offer your trust two places on the programme. If you are interested in participating in this programme, please can you complete and return the registration form to Denise Redford at by Monday 1 August 2016.

Please note that the allocation of places will be first come and first served basis.

In order to become a consultant in the UK you are required to be entered onto the Specialist Register.

There are three routes to the Specialist Register:

  1. Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT) – Available only to doctors who have satisfactorily completed a GMC recognised training programme leading to the award of CCT.
  2. Certificate of Eligibility to the Specialist Register (CESR) / Certificate of Eligibility to the General Practice Register (CEGPR) – Available to those have met the specialty college curriculum requirements of a CCT specialty outside of UK GMC recognised training programmes or for those who can demonstrate that they have equivalent skills, knowledge and experience to current NHS consultants in a non-CCT specialty.
  3. Certificate of Eligibility to the Specialist Register Combined Programme (CESR CP) – Available to those who entered a specialty training programme leading to the award of CCT at ST3 level or above and have evidence that they have met some training requirements in non-training grade posts.

SAS doctors who wish to enter the specialist register will need to apply to the GMC to do so via option 2 – the Certificate of Eligibility to the Specialist Register (CESR). This was previously known as Article 14. Full details are available on the GMC website the before you apply section and application section.

If you are interested in applying for CESR please speak with the SAS tutor at your trust. They will be able to provide you with support and advice on the process and may be able to access funding to support you through the process.

HEKSS has a careers team, you may like to see further information about them here. It is possible to be referred to the careers team via your SAS tutor.

Further information is available on the NHS Medical Careers website here.


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