UK Shape of Training steering group: report

Analysis, assessment and conclusions reached by the group in response to the Shape of Medical Training review.

9. Certificates of Completion of Training (CCT) and Certificate of Specialist Training (CST)

9.1 Although not included as one of the 19 recommendations in the SoTR, it was suggested in paragraph 88 of the report that consideration be given to changing the current terminology of awarding a CCT (Certificate of Completion of Training) to indicate the end of formal training to the term CST (Certificate of Specialist Training). The rationale for this change was that it would indicate that learning was "not complete" at this point but is a career long process.

9.2 During our consultation doctors in training expressed concern that, if implemented, the term CST would imply that their training was inferior to doctors who had been awarded a CCT. While understanding the rationale for proposing the introduction of the CST the UKSTSG believe that changes that occur because of the SoTR must enhance training and not diminish it. Consequently, the UKSTSG has recommended that to avoid any misunderstanding the term CCT should continue to be used.


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