Accreditation of Transferable Capabilities

If you have been training in another specialty and would like to transfer to a GP training programme, you may be eligible to apply for a flexible training pathway under the Accreditation of Transferable Capabilities Framework (ATCF).  

To qualify, you must be transferring into general practice from a GMC approved specialty training programme and meet the following criteria: 

  • Have a minimum of 12 months (full time equivalent) in any other relevant GMC approved specialty training programme 
  • Have a valid NTN at the time of transfer or have been in a GMC approved specialty programme training post within the five years preceding the planned start date of GP specialty training 

The ATCF does not apply to the two-year Broad-based Training programme, which must be completed successfully in full before you can apply to enter GP training at ST2.  


We are currently working with FourteenFish to develop the Trainee Portfolio for ATCF applications. If you are commencing training in August 2021 and have applied for an ATCF programme, you should start collecting evidence to support your application. Please keep your evidence safe and await instructions on how to upload it to the Trainee Portfolio as there will be a dedicated area for this. More information will be provided at the start of your training programme in August.

How to apply 

To be considered for a flexible ATCF pathway, you must apply to join the GP training programme through the GP National Recruitment Office and indicate as part of your application that you would like to apply for ATCF.  

Once you have been accepted onto a GP training programme, the NRO will let your HEE office or deanery know that you would like to work towards a CCT via ATCF. You should discuss your previous training with your HEE office or deanery at the earliest opportunity, so they can confirm your eligibility for the pathway.

If you are eligible to apply for an ATCF programme, your HEE office or deanery will ask you to provide evidence of your previous training and complete a gap analysis form, mapping the competences and capabilities you will bring to GP training. You should begin to collect your evidence before your training programme begins and upload it to your Trainee Portfolio within the first month of your GP training programme.  


Combined Training - Detailed process guidance [PDF]

Combined Training - UK specialty training experience guidance [PDF]

Combined Training - Capability mapping guidance [PDF]


Your deanery will review your evidence and consult the RCGP Specialist Applications team to determine how much of your previous experience may be able to contribute towards your training programme.  

The final decision on the on the length of your training programme will be made six months (full time equivalent) into your ST1 phase of training by an ARCP Panel. At this panel, they will consider your progress in the GP training programme and the evidence you have provided to support your previous training.   

If there is not sufficient evidence to support the flexible ATC pathway, you can remain on your training programme and complete the full three year programme.

Combined Training - Appeal process guidance [PDF]

For more information about a career in general practice, please visit the Choose GP webpage by Health Education England. 

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