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Since 1 January 1997 it
has been a legal requirement that, in order to take up a consultant
post (other than a locum consultant appointment) in a medical or
surgical specialty in the UK health service a doctor must be
included in the Specialist Register. The only exceptions are
doctors who held a consultant post (other than a locum consultant
post) in oral and maxillo-facial surgery in the UK health service
immediately before 1 January 1997.
Although not a legal
requirement, generally speaking, doctors wishing to work
unsupervised in private practice in the UK will also need to hold
specialist registration. This is because the major private health
providers and insurance companies only recognise doctors whose
names are included in the Specialist Register.
The Specialist Register
is maintained by the GMC. Individual recommendations for
inclusion in the Specialist Register are submitted to the GMC
following the College evaluation.
The GMC supervises
(approves) specialist training in the UK and doctors who complete
their specialist training in this country are awarded a Certificate
of Completion of Training or a CCT.
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