Preparing for Consultant Posts

You are eligible to apply for a consultant post any time after the six months leading up to your CCT date.

Some people don’t feel ready at this point to apply for a consultant post and will either spend a further six months post CCT in their deanery as a trainee or will apply for a post CCT fellowship (either within the UK or Abroad).

There are many skills that will be required of you as a consultant that are non-clinical. Some of these can be learnt using the many resources you have around you when you have started your new job (using the experience of the multi-disciplinary team around you) and some can be ‘learnt’ on various courses.

Dr Jonny Rajan offers guidance on how to prepare for consultant applications in his article:


Dr Paul Rolfe recites his journey into Pain Medicine after seven years as a consultant: