Specialty training recruitment 2016

Surgeons discussing case notes

22 / 10 / 2013 1.52pm

The information below shows the key dates for 2016 recruitment, all specialties should adhere to the national timetable. Employers may wish to take note of key interview windows. Trainees will need to be released during these windows to attend interviews, and consultants may also need to be absent to participate in recruitment panels.

AFC Timetable

Applications open -  Monday 12 October 2015
Applications close -  Monday 9 November 2015
Interview window -  Wednesday 11 November to Wednesday 23 December 2015
Initial offers out from Monday 11 January 2016
Hold deadline - Friday 29 January 2016

Round 1 – CT1/ST1 and run through (For August – December 2016 start) 

Adverts - 5 November 2015
Applications open - 10am, Wednesday 11 November 2015
Applications close - 4pm, Thursday 3 December 2015
Interview window - Monday 4 January – Wednesday 9 March 2016
Initial offers out by 5pm, Thursday 10 March 2016
Hold deadline at 1pm, Thursday 17 March 2016
Upgrade deadline at 4pm, Thursday 24 March 2016 
Hierarchal deadline  at 4pm, Tuesday 29 March 2016
Paperwork deadline no later than Wednesday 6 April 2016

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. 

Recruitment Update

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.

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