CCT and CESR follow up study

What happens to new CCT (Certificate of Completion of Training) and CESR (Certificate of Eligibility for the Specialist Register) holders after they receive their certificate? The College regularly monitors the career outcomes for paediatricians shortly after their recommendation for CCT or CESR.

Why are we doing this work?

This annual survey helps us to:

  • understand rates of full time and less than full time working among new CCT/CESR holders  understand attrition rates from paediatrics and from the UK post-CCT/CESR,
  • understand the current grade, post and location of new CCT/CESR holders
  • understand the working patterns and pressures facing new consultants, and
  • ensure that the RCPCH is providing the right support to members in the early stages of their consultant career.

Key findings - CCT/CESR Class of 2015

The findings will be included in a paper for publication in autumn 2017.

  • The vast majority (90%) of new CCT/CESR holders are employed as consultants in the UK.

  • A small proportion (5%) has moved overseas since certification. Negative “push factors” were often cited as their reason for leaving.

  • 32% of those working in the UK have moved from their training region to take up their post CCT/CESR post.

  • 80% of those in consultant posts have substantive contracts.

  • 23% are working less than full time.

  • 19% have 1 or less supporting professional activity (SPA) in their contract.

  • 24% are undertaking resident shift working, this can be on the consultant or tier 2 (middle grade) rotas.

  • Respondents would like support from the College for leadership and management skills development, a network for new consultants, careers advice and mentoring, CPD courses, and education and clinical supervision skills development. Since the launch of this survey, the College has greatly increased its offer in these areas and continues to do so.

Past surveys

Class of 2014 - findings to be included in a paper for publication in autumn 2017

Class of 2013 - full findings (PDF)

Classes of 2011 and 2012 - full findings (PDF, 4.64 MB)

Classes of 2011 and 2012 - key findings (summary) (PDF, 1.95 MB)

Class of 2010 - full findings (PDF, 140 KB)

Class of 2010 - key findings - part 1 (PDF, 44 KB)

Class of 2010 - key findings - part 2 (PDF, 626 KB)