Streamlined process for New Zealand (SPNZ)

Streamlines process

An in-depth mapping study of curricula undertaken by the University of Exeter has shown the health care context, training and assessments in New Zealand to be close to the UK GP training programme. The amount of evidence required for this type of CEGPR application is therefore significantly reduced. If you trained and qualified as a general practitioner in New Zealand, you may be eligible to apply for a CEGPR via the streamlined process.

To be eligible to apply through the SPNZ process, you will need to have achieved either:

  • Fellowship of the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners (FRNZCGP) under any of the RNZCGP curricula from 2012 to date, following satisfactory completion of the General Practice Education Programme (GPEP) programme, or
  • Dual fellowship training in general practice and rural hospital medicine leading to the award of FRNZCGP and Fellowship of the Division of Rural Hospital Medicine (FDRHMNZ). This should follow satisfactory completion of the Rural Hospital Training Programme in parallel with the General Practice Education Programme under any of the RNZCGP curricula from 2012 to date.

In addition:

  • Your application for a CEGPR must be made within the ten years after gaining FRNZCGP. During this time, it is expected that you will have maintained your skills by working in general practice but not exclusively in remote rural practice. If you haven't trained or worked in general practice for several years it may be difficult for you to evidence the skills and competences required. Most weight will be given to experience as a general practitioner in the five years preceding your application for a CEGPR.

The evidence you submit to the GMC should focus on your experience as a general practitioner post training. If you gained your FRNZCGP in the twelve months preceding your application for a CEGPR and have only worked for a short time in independent practice, you will need to refer to the section of the Specialty Specific Guidance for CEGPR (SPNZ) which applies to you. 

If you achieved FRNZCGP via an alternative route or if you have completed rural hospital training leading only to the award of FDRHMNZ, you will not be able to apply for a CEGPR through the streamlined process but you may wish to apply for a standard CEGPR.

How to apply for a CEGPR via the streamlined process for New Zealand

  • Write to the GMC Specialist Applications Team at equivalence@gmc-uk.org copying in cegpr@rcgp.org.uk and with CEGPR SPNZ in the subject field of your email.
  • Ensure you attach your CV to your email.
  • The GMC will determine whether you are eligible to apply and if you are, the GMC will send you the application form and the Specialty Specific Guidance for CEGPR (SPNZ). 
  • The GMC will guide you through the application process and will tell you how to upload or send your documentary evidence. You can also contact the RCGP at the address below if you are unsure what to include or if you have any questions about selecting and presenting your evidence.

While the RCGP will be asked to evaluate your evidence and provide a recommendation, the final decision to award a CEGPR is made by the GMC. Once you have gained a CEGPR you are automatically included in the GP Register. 

Final steps to independent practice

You will also need to complete a short programme of supervised induction before applying for posts in independent practice. You can register for the Induction and Refresher Scheme through the GP National Recruitment Office website. You will be included on the National Medical Performers List after completing your induction. Once this is confirmed, you can accept a post in independent practice.

Contact us

If you have any questions about the CEGPR Streamlined Process for New Zealand contact our GP Specialist Applications team on:

Tel: 020 3188 7656 
Tel: + 44 20 3188 7656 from outside the UK
Email: cegpr@rcgp.org.uk

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