Hearing your views on credentialing – September 2018 to January 2019

We want to hear your views on our draft framework for credentialing. This webpage includes the full framework and a short summary, as well as information on how to share your feedback. Your feedback will help us make sure credentialing works effectively for doctors, employers and patients across the UK.


We are planning to introduce a process of credentialing in 2019 which will recognise expertise and provide training opportunities in areas of practice where:

  • there may be significant patient safety issues, or
  • training opportunities are insufficient or do not provide adequate flexibility to support effective service delivery.

Our draft framework sets out our proposals for credentialing, including how credentials would be identified and implemented.

What is a credential?

We are proposing that optional components within specialty training or substantial areas existing outside training will become credentials. Like postgraduate curricula, credentials will describe the expected outcomes and capabilities doctors must demonstrate as they become experts in the field.

Credentials are intended to complement existing training pathways and to help doctors develop their careers.

How you can share your views

We're now seeking views on our draft credentialing framework. For a brief introduction, you can read our summary document:

For the full framework and how credentialing can support doctors and patient safety, please read:

You can share your views on our proposals using the online feedback form below which will be available until 25 January 2019.

Your views will help inform the development of the final framework which we will launch in spring 2019.

Contact us

We're talking to individuals and organisations across the UK to make sure we consider a wide range of views. If you'd also like to meet with us, please contact us at [email protected].