The Certificate of Eligibility for Specialist Registration (CESR) is suitable for doctors who have not completed the Ophthalmic Specialist Training (OST) programme but would like to practice as an ophthalmology consultant in the NHS. If you have gained the equivalent qualifications, training and experience outside of the UK or the OST programme you may be eligible to apply to join the General Medical Council (GMC) specialist register.
CESR applications are assessed and approved by the GMC. The RCOphth works closely with CESR Assessors who are College members and ophthalmologists, we independently evaluate the application and send a recommendation to the GMC where appropriate.
We also offer training days for those working in ophthalmology who are thinking of applying. This day covers eligibility, how to prepare applications, and guidance on commonly asked questions. View our Events page to find out the next date.
Contact [email protected] with your specialty specific questions.
How to apply for CESR
Applications should be sent direct to the GMC. You should direct any queries related to the application process to the GMC also. You can access the application form and GMC guidance on their website.