Round 1 - CT1/ST1 re-adverts (For August – December 2016 start)Adverts - Thursday 10 March 2016
Applications open - 10am, Tuesday 22 March 2016
Applications close - 4pm, Thursday 7 April 2016
Interview window - Tuesday 19 April to Wednesday 18 May 2016
Initial offers out by 5pm,Thursday 19 May 2016
Hold deadline at 1pm, Wednesday 25 May 2016
Upgrade deadline at 4pm, Friday 27 May 2016
Paperwork deadline - Friday 3 June 2016
Round 2 – ST3/ST4+ recruitment (For August – December 2016 start)
Adverts - Wednesday 10 February 2016
Applications open - 10am, Tuesday, 16 February 2016
Applications close - 4pm, Wednesday, 9 March 2016
Interview window - Monday 21 March – Wednesday 11 May 2016
Initial offers out by - 5pm Thursday 12 May 2016
Hold deadline at 1pm, Wednesday 18 May 2016
Upgrade deadline at 4pm, Friday 20 May 2016
Hierarchal deadline - Wednesday 25 May 2016
Paperwork deadline - Friday 27 May 2016
A new national specialty recruitment website has been created to replace the old MMC website. The new website: www.specialtytraining.nhs.uk will provide key information for applicants applying for specialty training. The website includes person specifications, vacancy information, competition ratios, a guide for applicants, and links to all the individual specialty recruitment pages.
A number of new resources have been incorporated into the specialty recruitment handbook including standard advert templates, review of foundation competency form, standard long listing criteria, an interview checklist, feedback guidelines and guidance on lay representatives in recruitment.
Due to the challenges experienced in filling emergency medicine at ST4 over the last few years, a decision was taken to pilot a run-through programme for emergency medicine for 2014 entry. There was widespread interest from LETBs and the devolved nations.
There was also a pilot in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (OMFS). In previous years, some prospective OMFS trainees were erroneously long listed out of the process which the pilot is hoping to address. It is hoped the pilot will also confirm that the use of themed, targeted early years training will better equip trainees to enter specialty training at ST3. The pilot will run for a minimum of three years. Health Education Kent Surry and Sussex, Northern, and North West are currently participating.
Medical microbiology and virology will be recruiting nationally via NHS Education for Scotland at ST1. It is expected from 2015 this will be absorbed into the Joint Infection Training (JIT) programme. Community and sexual reproductive health is being delivered via Heath Education East of England for 2014 recruitment.
Some specialties are looking into clustered or single centre models for interviews, on the basis this would improve consistency and reduce costs.