Application Portal


The application portal is only open during the application window.

If you are not yet registered, you will only be able to do this once the application window has opened. It is strongly recommended that you read the information below first.

You should first read the Trainee Guide to IDT, this document contains useful information including the eligibility criteria, supporting document requirements and what is expected of trainees throughout the process.

It is essential that you also read the Guide to Completing an IDT Application as this will give you some useful tips on ensuring you complete the application stage correctly. From the August 2017 application window, applications will be made via the Post Graduate Medical and Dental Education (PGMDE) Support Portal.  The aforementioned Guide to Completing an IDT also includes advice on how to navigate the support portal. 

Depending on the criterion you are applying under, please see the relevant checklist at the end of each supporting document as this may help when writing your application. Every doctor applying for national IDT must submit a supporting document for the criterion they are applying under. You can find eligibility checklist and the supporting document for all four criterion in the Resource Bank on this website.

The required deanery document must be signed by your current Postgraduate Dean (or nominee) so they can acknowledge your intention to apply for an IDT. The contact information directory can be found here and will advise of the appropriate person within your current region to send this document to in order to obtain the correct signature. It is not appropriate for Training Programme Directors or Educational, Clinical or Academic Supervisors to sign this document in place of a Postgraduate Dean or their nominee.

Cross-boundary specialties  

All the regions that you can apply to are listed here.

However, it is sometimes the case that training for a particular specialty will be managed by the region next door to the region you want to transfer to (for example, Haematology for KSS is managed in London – you would need to apply to London to get a place on the KSS programme). This list will tell you if your specialty is managed by a neighbouring region and will tell you to whom to apply if this is the case. It is your responsibility to ensure you are applying to the correct region and we always advise confirming Cross-Boundary specialties (and which region to select on your form) with your chosen region/s before application.

Re-applying for an IDT:  

If you are applying again, you will be required to submit new versions of the deanery document and your most recent ARCP (as well as all other evidence) but you do not have to do a new supporting document if the circumstances under which you are applying have not changed since your last application. However you will need to get the coversheet signed by the original signatory of your supporting document to confirm that all information is the same.  Re-applications will only be accepted from up to two windows prior. After two rotations, you will be expected to provide newly completed documentation. For example, if your first application was in February, you will only be able to re-use the relevant supporting evidence / documentation up until and including the following February.

The coversheet can be found in the Resource Bank on this website.

Technical Difficulties:  

All documents referred to in the guidance can be found in the Resource Bank on this website.

It is essential that you have JavaScript enabled when completing and submitting an application.

Only the following browsers will be supported on the application portal:

Microsoft Edge

Latest versions of Chrome and Firefox

If you experience technical difficulties while completing your supporting documents or uploading them to the online application portal, please review the Operational and Technical Issue articles on the Post Graduate Medical and Dental Education (PGMDE) Support Portal.

National IDT team process:

In response to the feedback that trainees would like more information on the processes that take place once you have submitted an application form, we have created process map to demonstrate this.

The national IDT team are committed to providing a clear and fair process, undertaking an equality impact assessment annually, the result of the most recent assessment can be found in the resource bank.

The complaints policy can be used by any trainee who feels that their application has not been managed in accordance with the published guidelines.


Once you have read the required all of the required documents you should visit the application portal during one of the application windows to register for an account and begin your application form on the Post Graduate Medical and Dental (PGMDE) Support Portal.