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Inter-deanery transfers

An inter-deanery transfer (IDT) is an arrangement for specialty trainees to move between UK deaneries during their training programme, without applying for a new post through the normal application process.

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An inter-deanery transfer (IDT) allows specialty trainees to move between UK deaneries during their training programme. 

An IDT is only permitted due to an unforeseen, significant change in personal circumstances since an appointment to training, without having to apply for a new post through the normal application process.

A different process applies for doctors in the foundation programme.

The Junior Doctors Committee (JDC), Conference of Postgraduate Medical Deans (COPMeD), Health Education England (HEE), Northern Ireland Medical and Dental Training Agency, NHS Education for Scotland and Wales Deanery have developed a refreshed national IDT process, which launched in June 2019. 

Changes that were brought about by previous agreements in 2013 ensured that all IDT applications are centrally managed by the National IDT team.

The national process aims to deliver a fair and consisten transfer system via:

  • A single electronic application form submitted via the IDT website portal, wherever you wish to transfer to or from
  • Two windows for transfers each year, in February and August
  • A national eligibility criteria
  • A single communication channel
  • An enquiries service for those interested in transferring

Successfully transferring to another deanery depends on whether you meet the eligibility criteria, have supplied the required evidence and whether there is a vacancy in the region (or regions) to which you have applied.

An unforeseen and significant change in circumstances should relate to:

  • personal disability as defined by the Equality Act 2010 or
  • primary carer responsibilities
  • parental responsibilities or
  • a committed relationship (or the breakdown of a committed relationship)

For the February 2019 window, the Junior Doctors Committee have agreed the following improvement to the system:

  • trainees are able to apply for an IDT from when they first accept a post, whereas previously they had needed to be in post for 9 months before applying
  • eligibility criteria have been widened, so that trainees who wish to move regions due to relationship breakdown are able to do so
  • a waiting list will be available meaning that if a vacancy becomes available after the rounds of offers, this can be allocated to an applicant who had preferenced this region during the process
  • trainees are now able to transfer between HEE and NES with an ARCP Outcome 2 (although for any trainees who wish to undertake an IDT with any other outcome than an Outcome 1, they will require a letter of support from their Postgraduate Dean)


Next application window

The August application window will open at 12pm on Monday 4 February 2019 and close at 12pm on Monday 4 March 2019.

Visit the National IDT website for more application guidance and to apply online.