Inter Deanery Transfers






The national process has been established by the Conference of Postgraduate Medical Deans (COPMeD), Health Education England (HEE), Northern Ireland Medical & Dental Training Agency, NHS Education for Scotland, Wales Deanery and the British Medical Association (BMA) in order to provide a consistent, robust and transparent process for allowing trainees to transfers around the UK. This centralised transfer process aims to provide trainees and regional colleagues with a consistent, transparent and robust service. For this reason, it will not be possible to depart from or be flexible with the published processes, timelines and criteria.

The national Inter Deanery Transfer (IDT) team cannot accept any applications or facilitate any transfers outside of the process or nationally agreed timelines. There are no exceptional circumstances where the national IDT team will accept any late applications or facilitate a transfer outside of the nationally agreed process.

Please see above a timeline of the national Inter Deanery Transfer Process, for the February 2020 window of IDT.


Eligibility Criteria Change


Doctors wishing to move between English regions will now be eligible to apply with an ARCP Outcome 2 or 3, provided they can also submit a letter of support from their Postgraduate Dean.

Doctors who want to move between Health Education England and NHS Education for Scotland will now be eligible to apply with an ARCP Outcome 1 or 2. A letter of support will need to be provided from their Postgraduate Dean for those who are currently on an Outcome 2.

Doctors who want to move into an HEE region from Northern Ireland or Wales will still require an Outcome 1. Similarly, trainees wishing to move from an HEE region to Northern Ireland or Wales will still require an Outcome 1.


Due to recent legislation changes on Immigration, trainees on a Tier 2 visa are now eligible to apply between Nations. Please seek advice from the relevant National Sponsorship team when applying for an IDT.


If you would like to apply for a transfer, it is important that you read the Trainee Guide to Inter Deanery Transfers (IDTs) to find out about the process, eligibility criteria and application requirements. In addition to this, further information can be found on the Post Graduate Medical and Dental Education (PGMDE) Support Portal. Please ensure you that you have read through the IDT FAQs before you submit a query to the national team.

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

The national IDT team provide regular updates via an e-newsletter so that subscribers can receive the latest information including key dates, amendments to process, changes to criteria and notification of service improvement projects.


Additional information will be added to this website shortly, ahead of the next IDT window which opens in February 2020.

All Inter Deanery Transfer queries should be directed to the online portal:

Data collected as part of the National IDT process is governed by the HEE Privacy Notice which can be found at the following link:



Supporting documents available within the resource bank of the Specialty Training Website 20 January 2020
Application window opens & Application form available on the LPMDE Support Portal 3 February 2020 (12pm)
Application window closes 2 March 2020 (12pm)
Eligibility checking Until 13 March 2020
Offers Round 1 - Conditional Offers from the National IDT team w/c 29 April 2020
Offers Round 2 - Conditional Offers from the National IDT team w/c 7 May 2020