RCC PRT Programme: How to register
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
We will support you in completing the PRT Registration & Provisional Membership Application Form, and Direct Debit form (if applicable), available to download below.
- Print, complete and sign the DD mandate by hand
- Email a scan/photograph of the completed DD mandate to email@example.com
What is PRT?
- The ‘PRT’ (post-registration training) programme is the UK’s Graduate Education Programme for recently-qualified chiropractors.
- PRT is something new graduates do during their first year in practice and is run for the UK chiropractic profession by the Royal College of Chiropractors.
- PRT helps ensure a smooth transition from the undergraduate setting to autonomous professional practice in the clinical setting and is designed to be helpful and supportive.
- While participating in PRT, graduates are registered as Provisional Members of the Royal College of Chiropractors. Once PRT is complete, they gain Licentiate membership and the post-nominal letters, LRCC, and the RCC Diploma in Chiropractic (DC). Routes are then in place for progression to full Membership (MRCC) and Fellowship (FRCC).
- The Professional Associations have long recognised the value of the PRT and the largest associations actively encourage participation. The BCA, MCA and UCA recommend the PRT programme, and the BCA & MCA require successful completion of the PRT before assigning full membership.
- You can do the PRT regardless of which Professional Association you join.
- Enrolment on the PRT costs £250 (normally paid monthly at £20.83 per month for 12 months). This includes all the CPD hours required by the GCC, including the Clinical Governance ‘directed-CPD’, in the first year plus online learning modules in business management and the usual membership benefits of the Royal College, described here.
- Graduates who successfully complete the PRT programme are awarded the RCC’s Diploma in Chiropractic (DC).
Overview of the PRT Programme
PRT enables newly qualified chiropractors to work in professional clinical settings in regular contact with more experienced colleagues who act as trainers/mentors. In addition to practical clinical aspects, further structured education is provided. The overarching aim of PRT is the smooth transition from the undergraduate setting to autonomous professional practice in the clinical setting.
The PRT programme includes the following components:
- Practice-based learning (regular discussions and observations with your Trainer)
- Experiential learning (discussions and observations of other professionals)
- Participation in regional workshops and CPD with your peers (as organised by a regional PRT Tutor) N.B. These are currently being run as live webinars.
- Reflection and development planning (identifying and addressing your own learning needs)
- Online learning modules and resources covering each of the 6 areas of Clinical Governance that the GCC requires recent graduates to include within their CPD: Standards-based practice, using evidence to inform practice, clinical audit, safety incident reporting and learning, PROMS & PREMS and reflective practice. Participation in the RCC PRT programme is the most straightforward way to ensure you meet the GCC CPD requirement for recent graduates.
Each graduate is partnered with a recognised Trainer/Mentor with whom they have regular contact.
It is preferable but not essential for a Trainer to work in the same practice as a new graduate in order for that graduate to participate in the PRT scheme. It is acceptable for a graduate to participate even where s/he and the Trainer work in separate locations or even for different practices. This includes where a graduate is setting up a separate clinic.
While payment of the PRT fee is the responsibility of the graduate, it has been suggested that, where a new graduate is their Trainer’s Associate, all or part of the cost may be met by the Trainer and a number of Trainers do sponsor their graduates in this way.
The PRT programme is normally completed within 12 months of registration on the scheme. However, this can be extended where there are mitigating circumstances.
The cost of providing the RCC PRT programme
Provisional membership of the RCC and participation in the PRT postgraduate training programme go hand-in-hand. Provisional members pay an enrolment fee of £250, which can normally be paid in 12 monthly payments of £20.83 per month. This fee includes the RCC’s usual membership benefits, and provision of the PRT programme. This document outlines the costs of the PRT programme. Note that appropriate documentation of your participation in the PRT programme will ensure you meet all your GCC CPD requirements for at least one year – full guidance provided.
Each year, we undertake a comprehensive survey of candidates’ and trainers’ experiences of the PRT programme. This survey informs an annual review process that assembles feedback data from every regional PRT meeting, quarterly progress reviews and the views of the Professional Associations.