Applying for Specialty Training

Person Specifications 2017


Person specifications for those applying for ACCS, CT/ST3 or DRE-EM (ST3) or higher specialty training (ST4-6) in Emergency Medicine starting in August 2017 are available here.  Applicants should refer to these person specs when deciding what entry route to select.  A document outlining SOP for eligibility queries is here: Eligibility query SOP

2017 National EM ST4 Recruitment

The recruitment application window for EM ST4 posts to start in August 2017 will open on 1 February 2017  and will close on 22 February 2017.
Interviews will be on 28 or 29 March 2017.
More information can be found on the Yorks and Humber website here.


2017 National ST3 Defined Route of Entry into EM (DRE-EM) and EM ST3 Recruitment

The recruitment application window for ST3 DRE-EM and EM ST3 posts to start in August 2017 will open on 1 February 2017  and will close on 22 February 2017.
Interviews will be on 28 or 29 March 2017.
More information can be found on the Yorks and Humber website here.


2017 National EM ACCS Recruitment

The recruitment application window for EM ACCS posts to start in August 2017 closed on 1 December 2016.

Interview dates:
London - 16th - 20th January 2017
Scotland - 17th - 19th January 2017
South West - 25th - 27th January 2017
Yorkshire and Humber - 17th - 19th January 2017

Please note that all interview dates are subject to change.

National Information

Further information on the application and recruitment process can be found on the national Medical Specialty Training websites:


Emergency Medicine Run Through Training Pilot


In 2014, an Emergency Medicine ST1/CT1 Run Through Training pilot commenced.  This gives successful applicants to EM ACCS training posts the chance to choose whether they wish to accept the post as a CT1 post (uncoupled core training) or an ST1 post (run-through training).   With run-through training, progression is uninterrupted; trainees progress through ST2, ST3, ST4, ST5 and ST6 automatically, provided curriculum requirements are fully satisfied including College examination requirements.  Uncoupled training, however, is split into three years of core training (CT1, CT2 and CT3), followed by competitive recruitment to ST4 involving applying for a post and an interview if you are shortlisted.  There is a possibility that core trainees who complete and then apply for ST4 may not be offered a post in the same LETB/deanery.  The majority of trainees choose run-through training.

A guidance document can be found here.  Please take careful note of paragraph 6: "...once a decision to undertake either core or run through training is made (at the offer stage), there is no possibility of reversing the decision at a later date.  Accordingly, applicants are encouraged to think carefully about the decision they make, and seek advice well in advance if they are unsure whether they want to train as a run-through trainee or core trainee."

The proposal to pilot Run Through Training in Emergency Medicine emerged from the Health Education England Emergency Medicine Workforce Implementation Group.  The run-through proposal was presented in August 2013 and quickly gained widespread support. It was always acknowledged that the pilot alone would not solve all the workforce issues in Emergency Medicine but would be one part of a wider package of measures. The Emergency Medicine Run Through Training Pilot has the support of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine, the General Medical Council, the BMA Junior Doctors Committee, Emergency Medicine Trainee representatives, Health Education England and the Devolved Administrations.

ACCS EM recruitment will be coordinated by London and the South East Recruitment Office, in association with the Royal College of Emergency Medicine, for CT1/ST1 posts throughout England, Wales and Scotland. Further information can be found here.

If you have questions concerning the recruitment process please contact Shared Services London via their web-based Applicant Enquiries Service.

Posts in Northern Ireland are recruited locally in a separate process details of which can be found here. If you have questions concerning the recruitment process please contact Roisin.Moss@hscni.net