Oriel is the UK-wide portal and recruitment system for specialty medical and public health training vacancies. Oriel will allow you to register for training posts, view vacancies, book interviews and assessment centres and manage your offers.
NHS specialty recruitment is organised nationally by Health Education England and the Head Deanery. This means that you only need to complete one online application and state your preferred geographical location, rather than submitting multiple applications.
NHS specialty recruitment is split into five recruitment rounds throughout the year.
When deciding which posts and specialties to apply for, you are advised to consider carefully the likely levels of competition involved and be prepared to be flexible about your specialty choices: not all doctors will be successful in getting a place in their first-choice specialty and/or region.
Click here to find a full list of specialty competition ratios from previous years’ recruitment rounds.
Once you have decided what specialty you are going to apply for, you need to check that you are eligible to make your application. HEE person specifications are available here.
All doctors applying to CT1/ST1 posts are required to provide evidence of achievement of Foundation Competence within the 3.5 years prior to the start date to the post applied for.
The accepted competencies are:
Before you submit your application, you should check you have uploaded the following:
Please note this blog post is just a guide to applying for NHS specialty training. If you would like official guidance and support, please contact HEE directly.
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Specialtytraining.hee.nhs.uk. (2019). Specialty Training > Recruitment > Applicant guidance. [online] Available at: https://specialtytraining.hee.nhs.uk/Recruitment/Application-guidance [Accessed 26 Nov. 2019].