|The Joint Committee WAS a statutory body which issues certificates to GPs who have successfully completed vocational training in the UK. The Joint Committee certificate is the licence to practise as a GP in the UK in any capacity.The Joint Committee also sets the standards for all GP training posts in the UK and carries out a programme of accreditation visits to all areas of the UK to ensure that its standards are being met.
The advice on this site is based on the Joint Committee’s understanding of current legislation and the regulatory framework for general medical practice at the time of publication. It is not a legal document nor can it cover in detail every aspect of the NHS (Vocational Training) Regulation.
The JCPTGP certificate is the legal licence to work in UK general practice. Applicants are reminded that their certificate must have been issued before they start work in general practice as a locum, deputy, assistant or principal. If an application for a certificate is pending, employment must be deferred until the certificate is issued.
Applicants must be fully registered with the GMC ( www.gmc-uk.org) at the time their application for a certificate is made and at the time the certificate is issued.
There was no fee to be paid for making an application or for a JCPTGP certificate.
The JCPTGP will always issue a certificate of prescribed experience within 10 working days of receipt of a complete, accurately documented application. Applications made under equivalent experience usually take much longer to process because a range of independent inquiries will be made about the application.
The Joint Committee does not normally interview applicants.
The Joint Committee does not accept oral statements from referees and will not normally telephone overseas referees on behalf of an applicant.
GP Registrars are responsible for their own application and for the preparation of the required documents. Applicants should keep copies of all the documents they submit.
A VTR form can be signed and submitted to the JCPTGP four weeks before the final day of training in that post but no earlier than this.
You do not have to wait until the end of your training before asking the Committee to assess your experience. The Joint Committee strongly recommends that all but the final VTR form be submitted to the Committee as early as possible so that the majority of the applicant’s documentation can be checked in advance of the applicant making a formal application for a certificate. This will avoid delays in the issuing of the certificate.
Applicants do not need to submit VTR1 and VTR2 forms attesting to more than the amount of training required by Regulation. The Joint Committee will, however, check (and return for amendment, where necessary), all the VTR forms submitted. The Committee will record all approved and satisfactorily completed training on the applicant’s certificate record.
It is important to obtain a VTR form at the end of each appointment. Obtaining the forms at a later date can cause delay in the issue of a Joint Committee certificate and therefore entry to general practice.
As soon as all documentation is received, checked and approved a certificate will be issued. All incomplete and inaccurate forms will be returned to the applicant for amendment. If the Joint Committee is not satisfied that the experience presented meets the requirements of the Regulations, it will write to the applicant explaining that a certificate has been refused giving reasons and listing the further training which the Joint Committee thinks is necessary. The Committee will also tell the doctor about his right of appeal to the Secretary of State for Health.
There is no application form for the certificate of prescribed experience. Doctors who have completed the prescribed experience programme should submit:
Doctors making an application for a certificate of equivalent experience should submit:
Where an application includes overseas training, EU law requires the JCPTGP to make a decision on that application within three months of the date the application was submitted with full supporting documentation. The JCPTGP makes its own independent, inquiries about overseas experience. This involves contacting referees overseas and this can take some time. Only when all the documentation requested by the Committee has been received will be application be regarded as containing full supporting documentation. Applicants who would like their applications assessed without full supporting documentation should inform the Committee in writing.
Doctors who have trained in the EEA
Before applying to the Joint Committee, doctors from the EEA must first present all the postgraduate general practice/family medicine certificates and diplomas issued to them in their own Member State, to the GMC’s Registration Directorate (EEA Applications Section), 178 Great Portland Street, London W1W 5JE, requesting confirmation of the status of their training and qualifications under Title IV, Council Directive 93/16/EEC. This is so that the GMC can confirm whether or not they already have a recognised Certificate of Specific Training or of Acquired Rights issued by another Member State. A doctor who has one of these certificates is exempt from GP training in the UK. The Joint Committee will not normally consider applications for UK certificates from doctors who have another EEA certificate.
To simplify the process described above the GMC and Joint Committee ask doctors to complete a form GMC/GP which is available from both organisations and should be submitted to the GMC.
Advice is given by the GMC in writing and a copy sent to the Joint Committee. Once the GMC’s advice is obtained, and provided a doctor does not already hold a certificate of vocational training or of acquired rights from another EEA Member State, documentary evidence of training may then be submitted to the Joint Committee for consideration towards a certificate of equivalent experience.
The EEA comprises the following countries: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom. 1
1. A bilateral agreement made on 1st June 2002 between Switzerland and the Member States of the EC means that postgraduate medical education undertaken in Switzerland will be treated by the GMC and Joint Committee in the same way as EEA training is.