Accreditation of Transferable Competencies

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 reduction in the duration of your GP training under the Accreditation of Transferable Competencies Framework (ATCF).



To qualify, you must be transferring into general practice from one of the following approved specialty training programmes:

  • Anaesthetics
  • General (Internal) Medicine (Core Medical Training programme)
  • General Psychiatry (Core Training in Psychiatry programme)
  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology
  • Paediatrics
  • Emergency Medicine
  • ACCS programmes

Please note that 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.

If you are interested in the ATCF scheme, you must apply through the GP recruitment and selection process in the usual way and request to be considered as an ATCF candidate at the time of application. Applicants cannot be considered retrospectively for a reduction in training time through the ATCF.

You will only qualify for transfer to a GP training programme if:

  • You have a valid National Training Number (NTN) at the time of transfer, or have been in a GMC approved specialty programme training post within the two years preceding the planned start date of your GP specialty training
  • You have completed a minimum of 12 months in an approved specialty training programme
  • Your final gateway ARCP from your exiting specialty is an Outcome 1 (i.e. satisfactory progress). Other exiting ARCP outcomes may be considered at the discretion of your local Postgraduate Dean if the outcome is due only to exam failure

As per the formal ATC guidance, you will be required to upload a copy of your exiting ARCP report from your previous specialty into the GP trainee e-portfolio when you start the GP programme. This must be available for the GP Specialist Applications team to review at least six months before your planned completion date.

Acceptance onto a shortened GP training programme is at the discretion of the HEE local office or deanery and will be subject to local capacity and programme availability.

More information can be found on the COGPED website.

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