Post-CCT fellowships

In a healthcare environment that calls for formal independent quality standards together with an emphasis on improving the quality of patient care and the professionalism of medical practitioners, there is a growing need to employ a medical workforce with general and specialised skills and the flexibility to re-train in new techniques and adapt to changes in the healthcare setting.

To meet this need, in 2013 we launched a new project to develop JRCPTB-accredited post certificate of completion of training (CCT) fellowships.

The deadline for applying to offer a Post-CCT fellowship was 31 December 2014.

How did the Post-CCT fellowship project start?

Following initial scoping of the project by Professor David Black, the then RCP London senior censor and vice president for education and training, the project has been developed with a view to meeting the need for physicians to acquire expertise in new specialty skills and techniques and to be able to accommodate to changes in the health care setting. In an environment that calls for formal independent quality standards together with an emphasis on enhancing the quality of patient care, the JRCPTB aims to implement an accredited post-CCT fellowship scheme in consultation with Trusts/Health Boards and other stakeholders.

Why undertake an accredited post-CCT fellowship?

Post-CCT fellows will have the opportunity to develop extra skills and experience beyond that found in CCT training, allowing them to fine-tune their professional development with additional special interests and skills, in order to enhance their future career experience. This may be increasingly important with the possible development of new training pathways as envisaged by the work of the GMC and other stakeholders on "The Shape of Training". Post-CCT fellowships may have direct relevance to work that is likely to be proposed in relation to credentialing.

The project being undertaken by the JRCPTB is an opportunity to enhance the experience of post-CCT training and development,as well as enabling the flexibility to allow training pathways to meet changes in clinical service needs and requirements for patient care.

Why offer a JRCPTB accredited post-CCT fellowship?

A JRCPTB approved post-CCT fellowship will demonstrate, through the JRCPTB approval process, that the post meets the standards defined by the three colleges (Edinburgh, Glasgow and London) and their specialty advisory committees. It also confirms that the centres which offer our accredited fellowships have shown that they can provide a high quality learning experience. High calibre candidates are likely to be attracted to these posts. The service providers' quality standards in education, training, development, and professional practice is expected to be enhanced to the benefit of patients, the public, fellows and the clinical community.

What are the expected timelines?

  • Scoping exercise: March - September 2013
  • Development of pilot: July 2013 - January 2014
  • Implementation of pilot: January 2014 - April 2016 (deadline for receipt of applications is 31 December 2014)
  • Evaluation of pilot and review: July 2014 - May 2016
  • Roll-out of full RCP accredited post CCT fellowship scheme: to be determined following evaluation and review of the pilot.

What is an Educational Guide?

As a component of the JRCPTB post-CCT fellowship pilot process, each clinical service provider applying for approval to offer a JRCPTB post-CCT fellowship is required to allocate and confirm the role of a suitable consultant within the leading department for the post-CCT fellowship post to act as a named educational guide.

An educational guide is a nominated consultant who has accepted the role as the individual responsible for supporting, guiding and monitoring the progress of a named post-CCT fellow for a specified period of time. Every post-CCT fellow should have a named educational guide and the fellow should be informed of the name of their educational guide in writing. 

The PDF icon Post-CCT Fellowship Guidelines - Educational Guide.pdf describe the expected roles and responsibilities of the educational guide during the fellowship.

What is the expected duration of an accredited post-CCT fellowship post?

Normally an accredited fellowship would be expected to be one year's duration. However, there may be occasions when the duration of the post would be more than this. These applications would be given special consideration to determine whether they meet the JRCPTB agreed criteria for a fellowship.

What are the requirements for assessment?

The Educational Guide is required to oversee the learning experience, performance and progress of the post-CCT fellow and provide ongoing guidance to enable the fellow to gain and/or enhance their skills, knowledge and attitudes to fulfil the objectives of the fellowship and meet the clinical service need. Details of the assessment requirements are outlined within the PDF icon Post CCT Educational Standards Framework.pdf. The JRCPTB requires the Educational Guide to provide an assessment of the fellow's progress 6 months after they commence the post on a report template. This is in addition to the production of a final report by the Educational Guide and a report from the Post-CCT fellow. All reports can be downloaded below:

How do I keep up to date with the progress of the project?

The JRCPTB will provide regular updates about the project on the website as well as individual contact with key stakeholders, through reports to relevant committees and information in College publications.

How do I express an interest in offering JRCPTB accredited post-CCT fellowships following the pilot?

Following evaluation and review throughout the pilot, the JRCPTB will provide an update on the proposed roll-out of a JRCPTB accredited post CCT fellowship scheme and/or details of the proposed plan following the results from the evaluation and/or other external factors.

Who are the key contacts?

Project Clinical Lead - Tim Battcock, Consultant Physician (former College Censor and Head of School)