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Broad Based Training

This page contains information on the Broad Based Training (BBT) programme, which was introduced in August 2013. There have been 2 recruitment rounds but recruitment to August 2016 has been ceased. Please see the full statement on the Health Education North West’s website. The College continues to support trainees who are currently in BBT and any trainees with queries should contact Specialty Training (

What is BBT?

Broad Based Training (BBT) is a two-year structured core training programme providing six-month placements in Core Medical Training, General Practice, Paediatrics and Psychiatry followed by CT/ST2 level training in one of the four specialties without further competition,

Coming at a time when healthcare provision is changing its focus from acute single episode care, delivered in acute hospitals, to the management of long term conditions delivered within community settings, the programme aims to equip candidates for the future by:

  • Developing them into a more broad based practitioner, likely to bring a wider perspective to healthcare provision both now and throughout their career
  • Enabling them to be adept at managing patients with complex medical needs;
  • Ensuring that they have a firm grounding in the provision of patient focused care;
  • Providing them with time to develop conviction in their choice of career pathway; and
  • Equipping them for successful entry into one of the four specialties at CT/ST2 level on successful completion of the programme.

The specific makeup of a BBT post will see a candidate's experience in each placement targeted around areas which are pertinent to the other three specialties.  So for instance, while undertaking the GP placement, a candidate's experience would ideally focus more towards those patient conditions involving psychiatric, paediatric or long-term conditions.

Supervision and future progression

Each BBT trainee is allocated an educational supervisor to support them throughout the two-year programme.

With satisfactory progression through the BBT programme, candidates will then progress to a CT2 or ST2 post in one of the four specialties without any further competition and continue training alongside those trainees who have progressed from CT1-level via the 'standard' route.

Recruitment to BBT posts

BBT recruitment is coordinated by Health Education North West, who have issued a statement regarding recruitment to BBT in August 2016.

Further information

Further information including a 2015 Applicants’ Guide and person specification can be found at the following link:

The BBT curriculum is available from the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges’ website, which can be accessed via

Any questions on the BBT programme and recruitment to BBT posts should be addressed to Health Education North West - North Western , via email at


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Last updated 01 December 2015



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