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
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
- 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
- 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
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 including a 2015 Applicants’ Guide and
person specification can be found at the following link: https://www.nwpgmd.nhs.uk/bbt
The BBT curriculum is available from the Academy of Medical
Royal Colleges’ website, which can be accessed via http://www.aomrc.org.uk/education-a-training/core.html
Any questions on the BBT programme and recruitment to BBT posts
should be addressed to Health Education North West - North Western
, via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Last updated 01 December 2015