Applying for Specialty Training
Information for applicants to UK specialty training.
HEE has a resource bank of information useful for applicants to UK specialty training. It contains documents relating to competition ratios, facilitated placements, Inter-deanery transfers (IDTs) and alternative certificates. Applicants will find the user guide to the Oriel application portal and the general guide particularly helpful.
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
National EM ST4 Recruitment
HE Yorks and Humber oversee national EM recruitment to ST4. More information is available on their website here.
National ST3 Defined Route of Entry into EM (DRE-EM) and EM ST3 Recruitment
HE Yorks and Humber oversee national EM recruitment to DRE-EM (ST3) and EM ST3. More information is available on their website here.
National EM ACCS Recruitment
HE London and South East oversee national EM recruitment to ACCS. Contact information is available on their website here.
Further information on the application and recruitment process can be found on the
national Medical Specialty Training websites:
CESR-CP (Combined Programme)
The CESR-CP (Combined Programme) allows applicants to specialty training who have obtained appropriate competences in posts not approved by the GMC for EM training to enter at higher than ST1. Evidence at levels 1 and 2 in this form
should be produced at recruitment interview. On successful completion of their training, trainees who train on the CESR-CP route, like trainees on the CCT route, are placed on the GMC's specialist register.
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