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2018 survey of medical certificate of completion of training (CCT) holders’ career progression

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This is the tenth survey reporting the experiences of, and outcomes for, CCT holders within one year of gaining their CCT. It covers physicians who gained their CCT in 2017 in all 30 medical specialties in the UK.

This unique survey is a collaboration between the RCP’s Medical Workforce Unit and the Joint Royal Colleges of Physicians Training Board (JRCPTB) on behalf of the Federation of the Royal Colleges of Physicians of the UK. It has monitored changing outcomes for CCT holders since 2009.

Key findings

  • 78% of CCT holders who at some point trained less than full time (LTFT) were in substantive consultant posts compared to 69% of those who trained full-time (FT) throughout. LTFT training therefore did not appear to be a barrier to attaining a substantive consultant post.
  • 73% of the class of 2017 certificate of CCT holders had gained a substantive post by August the following year. This builds on the increase we found last year and is likely to reflect ongoing consultant shortages in many specialties.
  • 77% of CCT holders who trained LTFT had been placed LTFT in a FT post at some point. This way of filling training posts has the potential to increase rota gaps and therefore the frequency reported here is of concern.
  • 27% of CCT holders were working LTFT or flexibly. 13% of those working full time would have preferred a LTFT contract, with service need the most frequently cited barrier.
  • 67% of respondents did not receive a trust induction specifically designed for new consultants. 77% did not have access to a trust-delivered new consultant development programme.

Contact details and CCT dates for trainees in all 30 medical specialties were obtained from the JRCPTB.