JRCPTB welcomes the new specialty of Aviation and space medicine

8 Apr 2016


We are pleased to announce that the new specialty of Aviation and Space medicine went live on 1 April 2016, having been passed by Parliament and accepted on to the General and Specialist Medical Practice Order.

With 3.1 billion passengers travelling the world and 228 million flying from the UK alone, as well as the potential for future space tourism, there is a growing need for properly regulated practitioners who are suitably trained and experienced in Aviation and space medicine at the highest level.

The award of specialty status means that aspiring candidates will soon be able to apply to the GMC for formal entry to the UK specialist register, either via the CESR route or via an approved specialty training programme in Aviation and Space medicine.

Professor David Gradwell, Professor of Aerospace Medicine at King’s College London and chair of the specialist advisory committee (SAC) on Aviation and space medicine said:

“I am delighted that Ministerial approval for specialty training in Aviation & Space Medicine has now been granted.  This marks a crucial point on the pathway for the training of the next generation of consultants in aerospace medicine in the UK.  It also restores this country’s position alongside nations where such training has been available or is becoming so.  I am sure that this comprehensive and exciting training programme will appeal to doctors seeking a career in a clinical specialty with an expanding need and unique environment. “

Aviation and space doctors work throughout the civil and military aviation industry, occupying a number of roles: ranging from conducting the assessment of pilots’, passengers’ and aircrew fitness to fly, providing support to airlines and assisting with investigations into in-flight incidents and accidents, as well as contributing to the design and operations of air and space-craft.

Professor Gradwell added:

“On behalf of the SAC, I would like to express our thanks to all those individuals and organisations throughout the UK and overseas who have contributed to and supported the initiative that has led to Aviation and space medicine taking its place alongside other clinical specialties.”