Inter Deanery Transfers (IDTs)



If you are planning on applying for an IDT to leave the region please ensure your TPD is aware of your intentions at the earliest opportunity

The national Inter Deanery Transfer (IDT) process has been established to support trainees who have had an unforeseen and significant change in their personal circumstances since the commencement of their current training programme which requires a move to a different region. The process is managed by the national IDT team (HEE, South London) on behalf of the Conference of Postgraduate Medical Deans (COPMeD), Health Education England (HEE) and all UK regions.

In order to provide a consistent, transparent and robust process for all trainees, the national IDT team will make all decisions on eligibility and allocations in accordance with the published guidelines and criteria. You can read these guidelines and criteria as well as find out much more about the process by visiting the national IDT webpages, which have been migrated to a new home on HEE’s specialty training website here:

The next application window will open in August 2018.


National IDT Timeline (August 2018)

Supporting documents available within the resource bank of the Specialty Training Website

From Friday 20th July 2018

Application window opens & Application form available on the LPMDE Support Portal

3rd August 2018 (12pm)

Application window closes

31st August 2018 (12pm)

Eligibility checking

Until 14th September 2018

Offers Round 1 - Conditional Offers from the National IDT team

w/c 15th October 2018 

Offers Round 2 - Conditional Offers from the National IDT team

w/c 22nd October 2018 

As part of the application process all trainees will be required to submit a ‘Deanery Document'. This form will be available on the national IDT website here 4 weeks prior to the IDT window opening. This should be completed and sent to your current region’s administrative team for approval. 

You can download the most recent national IDT newsletter detailing some important updates at the bottom of this page.


If you have any queries relating to the National Inter Deanery Transfer (IDT) process, please review the IDT Applicant guide and the frequently asked questions (FAQs) articles on the specialty training website: in the first instance. If you do not find an FAQ that has answered your question, you can submit an enquiry form to the National IDT team via the PGMDE support portal. The PGMDE support portal can be accessed at the following link;

To submit your Deanery Document or for queries relating to your Deanery Document please email the east of England local team:

Where do I send my Deanery Document for approval?

If you are planning to leave the region and eligible for an IDT (please see the national website for full eligibility information ) you are required to scan and email a completed Deanery Document to for approval. This approved document will form part of your IDT application.


The Deanery Document will be available for you to download from the national website approximately 4 weeks prior to the IDT window opening.


Please ensure your Training Programme Director is aware of your intention to apply for an IDT.

I am a Foundation trainee; can I apply for Inter-Deanery Transfer?

Foundation training is not covered by the National IDT process but you can apply for a transfer through the Foundation Transfers / Swaps process. You can find more information on this in the Foundation section of the website.