Specialty Recruitment

Welcome to the Specialty Recruitment pages of the NIMDTA website.

From 6 October 2019, all medical practitioners have been added to the Shortage Occupation List in the UK. This means that medical practitioners are exempt from the Resident Labour Market Test (RLMT) when applying to foundation and specialty training programmes, with the exception of Public Health, subject to eligibility.

2021 Specialty Recruitment Update 080121

Commencing August 2023

The timeline for August 2023 recruitment is available here.

Round 1 - Application Window 10am Thursday 3 November 2022 - 4pm Wednesday 1 December 2022

Applications for all specialties will be made via the Oriel Recruitment System

Specialty

Level

Number of vacancies

Lead Recruiter

Shortlisting Process / Guidance

Interview Dates

Anaesthetics CT1 12 HEE West Midlands Please click here for further details 7-8 March 2023
Anaesthetics ACCS 4 HEE West Midlands Please click here for further details 7-8 March 2023
ACCS Emergency Medicine ST1 12 NIMDTA Self-Assessment – Interview capacity of 40.   6-7 February 2023
Cardiothoracic Surgery ST1 0-1 Wessex (hee.nhs.uk) Please click here for further details TBC
Thoracic Surgery ST4 0-1 Wessex (hee.nhs.uk) Please click here for further details TBC
Clinical Radiology ST1 3 NIMDTA Multi-Specialty Recruitment Assessment (MSRA) interview capacity of 40 22-23 February 2023
Core Psychiatry CT1 10 NIMDTA Multi-Specialty Recruitment Assessment (MSRA) interview capacity of 40 14-15 March 2023
Core Surgery CT1 35-45 NIMDTA Multi-Specialty Recruitment Assessment (MSRA) interview capacity TBC 27 February – 3 March 2023
General Practice ST1 111 GPNRO

Please click here for further details

 Multi-Specialty Recruitment Assessment (MSRA)

N/A – appointment based on MSRA score
Histopathology ST1 2 NIMDTA

Self-Assessment – Interview capacity of 10

9 February 2023
Internal Medicine IM1 50-56 IMTRecruitment Please click here for further details 18, 19 & 20 January 2023 and 27 January 2023
Neurosurgery ST1 0-1 HEE Yorkshire & Humber Please click here for further details TBC
Obstetrics & Gynaecology ST1 12 HEE North West

Please click here for further details

TBC
Ophthalmology ST1 0-1 HEE South West Please click here for further details TBC
Oriel Maxillofacial Surgery ST3 0-2 HEE South West Please click here for further details TBC
Paediatrics ST1 18 HEE West Midlands Please click here for further details 2-3 Feb 2023
Public Health ST1 0-1

FPH & HEE East Midlands

Please click here for further details TBC

*Northern Ireland is planning to perform recruitment as outlined in the table above.  If a point is reached where online interviews can no longer take place, appointability may be determined based on scores awarded at shortlisting.  This will either be based on MSRA scores or Self-Assessment scores.

Round 2 - Application Window 10am Thursday 17 November 2022 - 4pm Wednesday 8 December 2022

Applications for all specialties will be made via the Oriel Recruitment System

Specialty

Level

Number of vacancies

Lead Recruiter

Shortlisting Process / Guidance

Interview Dates

Acute Medicine ST4 1-3 NIMDTA

Self-Assessment –including Commitment to Specialty interview capacity of 10

Application Scoring

4 April 2023
Cardiology ST4 2-4 NIMDTA

Self-Assessment –including Commitment to Specialty interview capacity of 20

Application Scoring

10 February 2023
Clinical Oncology ST3 TBC HEE London and South East

Please click here for further details

Application Scoring

TBC
Combined Infection Training leading to a Dual CCT in Infectious Diseases & Medical Microbiology ST3 0-2 NIMDTA

Self-Assessment – including Commitment to Specialty interview capacity of 10

Application Scoring

8 February 2023
Combined Infection Training leading to a Single CCT in Medical Microbiology ST3 0-1 NIMDTA

Self-Assessment – including Commitment to Specialty interview capacity of 10

Application Scoring

8 February 2023
Dermatology ST3 1 NIMDTA

Self-Assessment – including Commitment to Specialty interview capacity of 10

Application Scoring

21 February 2023
Endocrinology ST4 2-3 NIMDTA

Self-Assessment – including Commitment to Specialty interview capacity of 10

Application Scoring

28 March 2023
ENT ST3 0-1 NIMDTA

Self-Assessment – interview capacity of 10

24 March 2023
Gastroenterology ST4 2-3 NIMDTA

Self-Assessment – including Commitment to Specialty interview capacity of 10

Application Scoring

13 April 2023
General Surgery ST3 1-4 HEE London and South East Please click here for further details TBC
Geriatric Medicine ST4 2-4 NIMDTA

Self-Assessment – including Commitment to Specialty interview capacity of 10

Application Scoring

10 March 2023
Haematology ST3 2 NIMDTA

Self-Assessment – including Commitment to Specialty interview capacity of 10

Application Scoring

29 March 2023
Immunology LAT3 1 NIMDTA

Self-Assessment – including Commitment to Specialty interview capacity of 5

Application Scoring

30 January 23
Intensive Care Medicine ST3 0-3 ICMNRO (hee.nhs.uk) Please click here for further details TBC
Internal Medicine Training IMT3 Standalone 1+ NIMDTA

Application open to current or previous UK Core Medical Training or ACCS (Acute Medicine) trainees. Please view person specification for more information.

Selection & appointment will be based on validated self-assessment

Application Scoring

 
Medical Oncology ST3 0-3 HEE London and South East Please click here for further details TBC
Neurology and Stroke ST4 0-3 NIMDTA

Self-Assessment – including Commitment to Specialty interview capacity of 10

Application Scoring

9 March 2023
Oral Maxillofacial Surgery ST3 0-2 HEE South West OMFS is recruiting as part of Round 1. Please click here for further information  
Palliative Medicine ST4 2 HEE West Midlands Please click here for further details  
Paediatric Emergency Medicine ST5/7 1 NIMDTA Shortlisting based on the person specification TBC
Paediatrics ST3 2-3 HEE West Midlands Please click here for further details TBC
Plastic Surgery ST3 1+ NIMDTA Self-Assessment – interview capacity of 10 21 & 22 March 2023 
Psychiatric Specialties ST4 see below NIMDTA Self-Assessment – interview capacity of 40 across Psych specialties 5-6 April 2023
Rehabilitation Medicine ST3 1 NIMDTA

Self-Assessment – including Commitment to Specialty interview capacity of 5

Application Scoring

25 January 2023
Renal Medicine (Nephrology) ST4 1-3 NIMDTA

Self-Assessment – including Commitment to Specialty interview capacity of 10

Application Scoring

16 March 2023
Respiratory Medicine ST4 1-4 NIMDTA

Self-Assessment – including Commitment to Specialty interview capacity of 10

Application Scoring

24 February 2023
Rheumatology ST4 1-3 NIMDTA

Self-Assessment – including Commitment to Specialty interview capacity of 10

Application Scoring

14 April 2023
Trauma & Orthopaedics ST3 1-3 NIMDTA Self-Assessment – interview capacity of 30 30-31 March 2023
Urology ST3 1-3 HEE Yorkshire & Humber Please click here for further details TBC
Vascular Surgery ST3 1-2 LaSE Please click here for further details TBC

*Northern Ireland is planning to perform recruitment as outlined in the table above.  If a point is reached where online interviews can no longer take place, appointability may be determined based on scores awarded at shortlisting.  This will either be based on MSRA scores or Self-Assessment scores.

Commencing February 2023

The timeline for February 2023 recruitment is available here.

Please note this timeline only relates to the locally (NIMDTA) managed specialties listed below.  Nationally recruited specialties will be following the national 2022 timeline.

Applications for all specialties will be made via the Oriel Recruitment System

Specialty

Level

Number of vacancies

Interview Capacity

Interview Dates

Combined Infection Training – Leading to a single CCT in Microbiology

ST3

0-1

5 interview slots

TBC

Combined Infection Training – Leading to a dual CCT in Microbiology & Infectious Diseases

ST3  

0-1

5 interview slots

TBC

Dermatology

ST3

2

10 interview slots

TBC

Gastroenterology

ST4

1

10 interview slots

15 November 2022

Geriatric Medicine

ST4

2

10 interview slots

28 October 2022

Haematology

ST3

2

10 interview slots

16 November 2022

Immunology

LAT3

1 (6 months)

5 interview slots

TBC

Rehabilitation Medicine

LAT3

1 (6 months)

5 interview slots

TBC

Renal Medicine (Nephrology)

ST4

1

10

28 October 2022

Respiratory Medicine

ST4

3

10 interview slots

14 November 2022

Rheumatology

ST4

1

10 interview slots

TBC

*Northern Ireland is planning to perform recruitment as outlined in the table above.  If a point is reached where online interviews are no longer manageable due to the ongoing pandemic, appointability may be determined based on scores awarded at shortlisting.  This will either be based on MSRA scores or Self-Assessment scores.

Applicants Guide

The Applicant Handbook for posts commencing August 2023 is available below:

Medical Specialty Recruitment Applicant Handbook 2023

It is important that all applicants read this guidance as it contains information that applicants will require regarding the recruitment process.

SPECIFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN NORTHERN IRELAND: Please note that Flexibility in Deployment of Trainees is applicable only to England, Scotland and Wales. Northern Ireland has separate arrangements for management of requests for Special Circumstances.  Further information is available via email to Recruitmentconfidential.NIMDTA@hscni.net

Facilitated Placements will not take place in Northern Ireland for August 2023 in any specialty process.

Deferral of Posts: Deferral for non-statutory reasons within the GP Process will not be facilitated in Northern Ireland.

Competition Ratios
Shortlisting

Shortlisting for the majority of specialties will be performed either via Validated Self-Assessment or MSRA (Multi-Specialty Recruitment Assessment).  The Vacancy table above provides details of which shortlisting method applies to each specialty.

The Northern Ireland MSRA Applicant Guidance is available here: MRSA Applicant Guide – NI Specialties

Self-Assessment

A number of the recruiting specialties are using validated self-assessment to shortlist candidates. The method of shortlisting is detailed for all specialties in the vacancy tables above. Where self-assessment is being used candidates are asked to read and follow the guidelines below:

  1. All Candidates MUST upload evidence for ALL self-assessment domains at time of application.
  2. All Evidence MUST be uploaded in PDF FORMAT.
  3. You MUST upload an index page before completing the self-assessment. The index should detail the evidence you have provided for each domain, to help the validators navigate through your evidence. This document MUST be named 00Index.pdf. An approved index template can be downloaded from the document library for this vacancy which illustrates how we expect your evidence to be organised. Failure to provide an index that clearly lists where all required evidence can be found AND which domain it is linked to will result in your application being rejected. 
  4. Please combine evidence for each domain into ONE pdf per domain in the order listed within your index document. Each Domain should then be labelled accordingly (i.e. 01Quals)
  5. If it is not possible for you to combine documents into one pdf, you will be permitted a max of 5 documents per domain and they should be labelled accordingly (.ie, 01a, 01b, etc. in order based on your index page)
  6. Please ensure you keep to the naming convention above and DON’T use any non-alphanumeric characters (ie. &*.%$) as this will prevent the transfer of your documents into SharePoint for validation.  The naming convention is provided to allow the validation panel to quickly identify your evidence and identify which domain it applies to.  If it is not clear from the file name which domain the evidence relates to, the validation panel reserves the right to reject that file. 
  7. It is the responsibility of the candidate to ensure uploaded documents FULLY DEMONSTRATE the required evidence based on the rating they have chosen. Failure to do so may result in the score for that domain being reduced. (i.e. if you have claimed that you have presented at a national or international meeting, do not expect your slides alone to be accepted as evidence; instead please upload confirmation from the conference organisers that your presentation was included in the programme of events.)  Similarly, if your score depends on a publication having a PubMed reference, please ensure this is clearly visible within your evidence submission.)
  8. It is the responsibility of the candidate to ensure uploaded documents are CORRECTLY ORIENTATED AND LEGIBLE. Failure to do so may result that domain being scored zero.
  9. ONLY upload documentation directly relevant to your self-assessment. The validating panel cannot be expected to review your entire portfolio. If a candidate is deemed to have uploaded unnecessary documentation that prevents the validation panel from quickly identifying the correct evidence, their application will be rejected.
  10. You can only claim on the basis of achievements completed at point of submission of your application.
  11. Scores are not adjustable after submission – you cannot amend your self-assessment score after should you have made a mistake on your application form, or gained an achievement after the submission of your application.
  12. It is never permissible to share or upload patient identifiable data.  Any file found to contain patient identifiable data will be removed from your evidence folder, prior to validation, to prevent it being shared further. NIMDTA may also be obliged to raise this as a GDPR issue and inform your Responsible Officer.

Please click below to download the NIMDTA Audit/QIP Confirmation Form. This form is designed to help candidates evidence the degree of their involvement in Quality Improvement / Audit.  One form should be used for each audit / quality improvement project you are claiming points for as part of your self-assessment.  This is not the only way to evidence your audits or Quality Improvement projects, but is felt to be an effective way to quickly demonstrate your involvement for review by the validation panel.

Interview Formats

All 2023 interviews will be performed online.  HEE managed recruitment will be performed via MS Teams, NIMDTA managed recruitment will be performed via Zoom. The format of interviews differs between specialties.  Each interview process will be approximately 20-30 minutes per candidate with questions which may assess skills such as communication, clinical judgement, prescribing amongst others.    During the interview process, candidates may encounter a lay representative who will be there to ensure the panel is conducting a fair and transparent process.

 

When you join the interviews you will be admitted into a waiting room until the panel is ready.  Once in the interview, you will initially be asked to hold up photographic ID to the camera and then to rotate your camera around your room.  The camera sweep is to allow you to show the panel that you are alone in the room, with no personal belongings.  Candidates are also advised that they are not to record the interview nor use a virtual background.

 

For information regarding National Recruitment Processes, please refer to the lead recruiters’ website.

 

Offers of Appointment

Further information is available via the Medical Specialty Recruitment Applicant Handbook 2023 

Career Information
Candidate Feedback

The following information will be made available on Oriel:

  • Your score per station
  • Your total score
  • Maximum score available
  • Your appointability and the minimum score required for appointability
  • Your rank and the rank needed to obtain a post

For National Recruitment processes using the digital scoring system, all candidates will receive feedback no later than 7 days after the nationally agreed offers deadline.

Candidates may request feedback by submitting the form below:

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Written feedback, other than the information identified above, is not provided. Verbal feedback is also not provided.

Requests for scoresheets / interview notes will be dealt with under the Subject Access Provisions of the Data Protection Act. For details of how to make a request, please visit our Data Protection and Freedom of Information Page.

 

Pre-Placement Checks

References

Reference reports are not used for scoring purposes during shortlisting or interview but will be reviewed during the selection process and again prior to confirmation of appointment for successful applicants. The reference process is designed to check the accuracy of your previous employment and training history and to provide assurance of your suitability for employment.  You must provide contact details, including up-to-date e-mail addresses, of three referees who have supervised your clinical training within the past three years. If you are applying to more than one specialty, you may opt to nominate different referees for each specialty. If you have recently had a career break and can not nominate referees from the past three years, then your referees must include your two most recent supervisors.  You should contact your clinical referees in advance to confirm that they are willing to provide a reference and are available and able to do so in the time period required for selection and appointment.  If you are offered, and accept a training programme, your employer will not be able to issue a contract without references.  It is important that applicants confirm referee email addresses prior to completing the application form. Once offers have been accepted, referees will be contacted by email with details of their referee account. It is therefore important that email addresses are and for email accounts that are regularly accessed.

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Fitness to Practise Declarations

As part of the application process to specialty training, applicants are required to declare any fitness to practise issues to recruitmentconfidential.nimdta@hscni.net. These declarations are held confidentially by the Professional Support Department until the recruitment process is complete. Declarations from successful applicants will be shared with the Trainee Review Group (TRG) to establish if the information provided warrants completion of an individual Transfer of Information (TOI) form. The information will also be forwarded to the Medical Director, Director of Medical Education and Medical HR within each future employing Trust for the duration of the training programme.

Please complete and return the form below to declare any Fitness to Practise issues:

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Evidence of Advanced Life Support (ALS)

All CT1/ST1 Person Specifications have as one of their eligibility criteria the possession of an ALS certificate. This will be checked pre-employment, and any offer of a training programme will be conditional upon you presenting it to your first employer or the Deanery.

Further information on the following: Access NI Checks, Pre-Placement Health Assessment, Right to work and Immigration, can be found at Human Resource Support – Northern Ireland Medical & Dental Training Agency (nimdta.gov.uk)

Disability Discrimination Act

You will be asked to identify on your application from if you consider yourself disabled as set out in the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA.) You will also be asked to give specific arrangements you require to attend interview if invited. This information WILL NOT be available to short-listing or selection panels. For more information on the DDA please click here

Guaranteed Interview Scheme
You will be asked to show on your application form if you consider yourself disabled as set out in the Equality Act 2010 and whether you wish to be considered under the Guaranteed Interview Scheme. This information will not be available to short-listing panels. For further information visit: http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/DisabledPeople/RightsAndObligations/index.htm.  Where necessary and possible, reasonable adjustments will be made to facilitate attendance at interview to meet the needs of applicants with disabilities. Applicants will need to ensure that they enter into an early dialogue with the relevant recruiting organisation. Eg NIMDTA, College or other UK Deanery.

Travel Expenses

Please note candidates travel to attend interviews at their own cost. Travel expenses will not be reimbursed by NIMDTA.

Allocation of Placements for Doctors in Training
When you submit an application for specialty training, you are applying for a place on an educational training programme. You are not applying for a specific programme, rotation or post.  If you are successful at interview, you will be allocated to the most appropriate programme based on your selection score and programme availability. Your programme preferences will be taken into consideration wherever possible. You will receive confirmation of your placement and a contract of employment will be issued by the employing organisation, subject to satisfactory pre-placement checks.

Deferral of Start Date

Applicants can only defer the start of their specialty training programmes on statutory grounds such as personal ill health or maternity leave. Commencement cannot be deferred for reasons such as research, except in the case of candidates who have accepted a GP Post (subject to approval). Applicants who have had a period of ill health or maternity during the training programme from which they are applying will be permitted to defer their entry to specialty training by the same period of time. Tier 2 visa applicants wishing to defer should also discuss this with the appropriate Tier 2 sponsor to ensure they are able to do so under current immigration rules.

Applicants must complete the form below and forward it to gpspecialtytraining.nimdta@hscni.net or specialty.nimdta@hscni.net as soon as possible after acceptance of post.

Application for Deferral of Commencement of Specialty Training for Hospital Specialty Training applications, NIMDTA will seek support from the appropriate Head of School and Training Programme Director. All applications will be considered by the relevant Head of Department and applicants will be advised by email of the outcome.

Application for Deferral of Commencement of Specialty Training

Delay Policy- Covid19 Related Requests

 

Special Circumstances
Allocation of placements will take place on completion of the recruitment process. If you have special circumstances which need to be considered when allocating your placement, please complete the appropriate documentation in the ‘Special Circumstances – Guidance for Specialty Trainees’ which can be found here.

Complaints Process

It is inevitable that some applicants will be disappointed by the outcome for the recruitment process as it is a competitive one.  A complaints process is an essential safeguard against unfairness.  The complaints process for 2023 recruitment appears below:

Complaints Policy and Procedures 2023

If an applicant has concerns or complaints about their interview process, they should raise this immediately with the Recruitment Lead before leaving the interview venue. The Recruitment Lead will then complete this form.

Trust Information
Trusts & Hospitals

Information regarding working patterns, detailed job descriptions, salary scales and Terms and Conditions of Employment for Specialty Training Doctors will be available on the Trust websites. Our Trust HR Information page contains details of forms which must be downloaded and completed for commencement of your placement, and also details the documentation you are required to supply on our first day.

Single Lead Employer
Code of Practice
Doctors in training require details about the programmes and posts they are applying for, where they will be working and their conditions of employment. This Code of Practice lays out the agreed set of information that Deaneries and employing Trusts should provide to doctors in training at each stage of the recruitment process.

View Information for Newly Appointed Doctors in Training.  If you have any questions regarding the information above, please contact specialty.nimdta@hscni.net.