Inter Deanery Transfers - IDTs


IDT Timeline - August Window 2019

The National Inter Deanery Transfer (IDT) process has been established by COPMeD, with support from the BMA and sponsorship from Health Education England (HEE), Northern Ireland Medical & Dental Training Agency (NIMDTA), NHS Education for Scotland (NES) and Wales Deanery to support medical trainees who have had an unforeseen and significant change in circumstances since accepting an offer of a post in a training programme. The process has been developed as part of the Enhancing Junior Doctors’ Working Lives initiative which support doctors in training whom may consider deployment due to an unforeseen and significant change in circumstance.

An unforeseen and significant change in circumstances should relate to:

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

Trainees wishing to apply for an IDT must also have accepted an offer of a post in a training programme by the application submission closing date and have at least 12 calendar months remaining in that programme at the earliest point of transfer, as well as meeting the other eligibility criteria as described in the . Depending on the window that you have applied in, the earliest point of transfer will be the first Wednesday in either February or August.

For further information, please access the National IDT Team Website via the following link:   Specialty Training Website

It should be recognised that transfers are not an entitlement.
IDTs will depend on compliance with the eligibility criteria, evidence requirements and 
the availability of suitable posts in the region (or regions) to which trainees are applying to move.

Please note that the National IDT arrangements do not apply to foundation, dental, Pharmacy or military trainees in any level of training. In such instances, please contact your local Foundation School or Dental, Medical or Pharmacy team for information regarding the transfer processes.

All trainees should carefully read this guide each time an application is submitted and, if necessary, contact the National IDT Team to discuss any changes that may have occurred via :  query form on our Support Portal


HEE NW Trainees should complete Section 1 of the IDT Supporting Document, available via the resource bank.

Please submit for signature to the relevant HEE North West Region’s Designated IDT contact for approval, as follows:

  •           Hospital & Community Care & Public Health Applications Only   
  • Tel: 0151 479 2591                                      (Available Mon/Wed/Thurs)

HEE NW will then arrange for Section 2 to be completed and returned to the trainee, who must then upload the completed form to the IDT application portal before the submission deadlines.

The National Inter Deanery Transfer (IDT) team cannot accept 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.


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 at the time of application.

Trainees wishing to move from an Health Education England (HEE) and Scotland (NES) will now be eligible to apply with an ARCP Outcome 2, provided they can also submit a letter of support from their Postgraduate Dean at the time of application.

Doctors who want to move into an HEE region from Northern Ireland (NIMDTA) or Wales still require an Outcome 1. Other outcomes will not be accepted.


Trainee Guide to Inter Deanery Transfers  

Post Graduate Medical and Dental Education (PGMDE) Support Portal.

IDT FAQs   - Please read before you submit a query to the National IDT Team.

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

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