UK Medical Specialty Training Program 2020
UK Medical Specialty Training Program 2020

OverviewUK Medical Specialty Training Program 2020

In this Guide, Quam.cc will show you the UK Medical Specialty Training Program 2020, Quam will list all job opportunities available for doctors in the UK.

This guide is intended to help you make the best possible applications, starting with your specialty choices and continuing through the entire application process. In addition to reading this guide, you must also ensure that you read any specialty-specific guidance for the specialty/specialties to which you are considering making an application. Specialty specific guidance will be available from the recruitment leads for the individual specialties.

Specialties and lead recruiters for 2020

SpecialtyLevelLead Recruiter
Acute MedicineST3HEE – London and Kent, Surrey and Sussex
ACCS Emergency MedicineST1HEE – London and Kent, Surrey and Sussex
AllergyST3HEE – London and Kent, Surrey and Sussex
Anaesthetics and ACCS AnaestheticsCT1HEE – West Midlands
AnaestheticsST3HEE – West Midlands
Audiovestibular MedicineST3HEE – London and Kent, Surrey and Sussex
CardiologyST3HEE – London and Kent, Surrey and Sussex
Cardiothoracic SurgeryST1 ST3HEE – Wessex
Child and Adolescent PsychiatryST1HEE – North West
Clinical GeneticsST3HEE – London and Kent, Surrey and Sussex
Clinical NeurophysiologyST3HEE – London and Kent, Surrey and Sussex
Clinical OncologyST3HEE – London and Kent, Surrey and Sussex
Clinical Pharmacology and TherapeuticsST3HEE – London and Kent, Surrey and Sussex
Clinical RadiologyST1HEE – London and Kent, Surrey and Sussex
Combined Infection TrainingST3HEE – London and Kent, Surrey and Sussex
Community Sexual and Reproductive HealthST1HEE – East of England
Core Psychiatry TrainingCT1HEE – North West
Core Surgical TrainingCT1HEE – London and Kent, Surrey and Sussex
DermatologyST3HEE – London and Kent, Surrey and Sussex
Diagnostic NeuropathologyST3HEE – London and Kent, Surrey and Sussex
Emergency Medicine – Direct Route of EntryST3HEE – Yorkshire and the Humber
Emergency MedicineST4HEE – Yorkshire and the Humber
Endocrinology and DiabetesST3HEE – London and Kent, Surrey and Sussex
GastroenterologyST3HEE – London and Kent, Surrey and Sussex
General PracticeST1GP National Recruitment Office
General Surgery and Vascular SurgeryST3HEE – London and Kent, Surrey and Sussex
Genitourinary MedicineST3HEE – London and Kent, Surrey and Sussex
Geriatric MedicineST3HEE – London and Kent, Surrey and Sussex
HaematologyST3HEE – London and Kent, Surrey and Sussex
HistopathologyST1HEE – London and Kent, Surrey and Sussex
ImmunologyST3HEE – London and Kent, Surrey and Sussex
Intensive Care MedicineST3HEE – West Midlands
Internal Medicine Training and ACCS Acute MedicineHEE – London and Kent, Surrey and Sussex
Medical OncologyST3HEE – London and Kent, Surrey and Sussex
Medical OphthalmologyST3HEE – London and Kent, Surrey and Sussex
Metabolic MedicineST3HEE – East Midlands
NeurologyST3HEE – London and Kent, Surrey and Sussex
NeurosurgeryST1 ST3HEE – Yorkshire and the Humber
Nuclear MedicineST3HEE – London and Kent, Surrey and Sussex
Obstetrics and GynaecologyST1 ST3HEE – North West
Occupational MedicineST3HEE – London and Kent, Surrey and Sussex
OphthalmologyST1 ST3HEE – South West
Oral and Maxillo Facial SurgeryST1 ST3HEE – South West
Otolaryngology (ENT)ST3HEE – Yorkshire and the Humber
Paediatric and Perinatal PathologyST3HEE – London and Kent, Surrey and Sussex
Paediatric CardiologyST4HEE – Wessex
Paediatric SurgeryST3HEE – Yorkshire and the Humber
PaediatricsST1 to ST4HEE – West Midlands
Palliative MedicineST3HEE – London and Kent Surrey and Sussex
Plastic SurgeryST3HEE – London and Kent, Surrey and Sussex
Public HealthST1HEE – East Midlands
Rehabilitation MedicineST3HEE – London and Kent, Surrey and Sussex
Renal MedicineST3HEE – London and Kent, Surrey and Sussex
Respiratory MedicineST3HEE – London and Kent, Surrey and Sussex
RheumatologyST3HEE – London and Kent, Surrey and Sussex
Sport and Exercise MedicineST3HEE – London and Kent, Surrey and Sussex
Trauma and Orthopaedic SurgeryST3HEE – Yorkshire and the Humber
UrologyST3HEE – Yorkshire and the Humber

Further information on the lead recruiters can be found on the Recruitment Leads page of the Oriel recruitment system: https://www.oriel.nhs.uk/Web/RecruitmentLead
Each recruitment office is responsible for some or all of the following:

  • Advertising vacancies.
  • Providing information on the recruitment process.
  • Receiving applications.
  • Onglisting applications against a set of agreed eligibility criteria.
  • Shortlisting based on set criteria and scoring systems.
  • Interviewing and selecting successful applicants.
  • Making offers and receiving acceptance.

National Recruitment Rounds

Specialty recruitment is split into five recruitment rounds throughout the year. It is important that applicants familiarise themselves with which round the specialty that they wish to apply to is being recruited in.

  • Academic Recruitment – Academic Clinical Fellowship (ACF) posts in England are advertised and recruited to. This round encompasses appointments to ACFs at all levels. Adverts will appear on October 2019.
  • Round 1 – this encompasses recruitment to all CT1/ST1 specialty training programs, across the UK and some run through specialties at higher entry levels. Posts appointed in this round will normally start on August 2020 and generally no later than December 2020 Adverts will appear in November 2019.
  • Round 2 – this is the first time that ST3 and ST4 specialties in uncoupled training programs will be advertised. This round may also include ST3 entry-level posts in run through specialties. Posts advertised in this round will normally commence between August 2020 and December 2020. Adverts will appear in late January 2020.
  • Round 1 Re-Advert – where training programs advertised in Round 1 remain vacant, a second round, known as Round 1 re-advert is run to try and fill the remaining posts. Adverts will appear on February 2020.
  • Round 2 Re-Advert – this round encompasses all recruitment for posts starting later than December 2020 and no later than April 2021. Generally, posts advertised in this round will have a commencement date of February 2021. Not all specialties will advertise in this round. This round includes adverts for posts at all entry levels and is not limited to CT1/ST1 or ST3/ST4 like some of the earlier recruitment rounds.

Competition UK Medical Specialty Training Program 2020

When deciding which posts and specialties to apply for, applicants are advised to consider carefully the likely levels of competition involved and be prepared to be flexible about their specialty choices; not all applicants will be successful in getting a place in their first choice specialty and/or region.

The medical specialty training website http://specialtytraining.hee.nhs.uk provides direct links to competition ratios from previous recruitment rounds.
These figures do not show what will happen in 2020 but offer a broad indication of the most and least subscribed specialties and areas in the previous recruitment year.

Planning your Application

Once you have decided which specialty or specialties you wish to apply for it is essential that you first ensure that you are eligible to make an application. Person specifications are available from https://specialtytraining.hee.nhs.uk
You should familiarise yourself with the application period, find out where and how you access the application form and make sure you read all the guidance information provided by the lead recruiter for that specialty.
We advise that you do this as soon as possible to ensure that any queries you have can be resolved in good time, ahead of you beginning your application.
See Annex B for links to further information

Eligibility to apply for UK Medical Specialty Training Program 2020

There are strict eligibility requirements when applying for specialty training, with some person specification criteria being essential. If you are applying for more than one specialty, ensure you read the person specification for each specialty/level to which you are applying.

Fitness to Practise

If an applicant makes a Fitness to Practise declaration on their application form, they must complete a form and submit it to the lead recruiter providing further information. This must be provided at the time of application. The approach taken will depend on the recruitment model used by the specialty to which the applicant is applying.

Applicants should provide their supporting information form by email to either the lead recruiter or the region in which they are being interviewed/considered for appointment. Each specialty lead recruiter will advise on the process that should be followed.
Forms are available from the resource bank on the specialty training website (www.specialtytraining.hee.nhs.uk).


Further details on the nature of the declaration may be requested and should be provided prior to the deadline for the submission of applications. Failure to provide this detail by the closing date may result in the application being rejected.
Contact details are available in Annex C

Vacancies and Applications

Advertisements and where to find them

All recruitment offices will work to a nationally coordinated advertisement and application window.

Academic Clinical Fellow (ACF) Recruitment

For further information on the ACF recruitment process, please visit the National Institute for Health Research website: http://www.nihr.ac.uk

Applications openMonday 7 October 2019
Applications closeMonday 4 November 2019
Interview windowWednesday 6 November to Friday 20 December 2019
Initial offers released fromMonday 6 January 2020
Hold deadlineMonday 13 January 2020

Round 1UK Medical Specialty Training Program 2020

Predominantly recruitment to CT1/ST1 for commencement between August and December 2020.

AdvertisementsThursday 6 31 October 2019
Applications openAt 10 am on Thursday 7 November 2019
Applications closeAt 4pm on Thursday 28 November 2019
Interview windowThursday 2 January to Friday 6 March 2020
Initial offers released byBy 5pm on Monday 9 March 2020
Hold deadlineAt 1 pm on Friday 13 March 2020
Upgrade deadlineAt 4pm on Friday 20 March 2020
Hierarchical deadlineAt 4 pm on Wednesday 25 March 2020

Round 1

Re-Adverts Re-advertisement of posts still vacant following completion of Round 1

AdvertisementsThursday 13 February 2020
Applications openAt 10 am on Tuesday 25 February 2020
Applications closeAt 4 pm on Thursday 12 March 2020
Interview windowMonday 6 April to Friday 24 April 2020
Initial offers released byBy 5pm on Tuesday 28 April 2020
Hold deadlineAt 9 am on Friday 1 May 2020
Upgrade deadlineAt 5pm on Friday 1 May 2020

Round 2UK Medical Specialty Training Program 2020

Predominantly recruitment to ST3/ST4 for commencement between August and December 2020

AdvertisementsWednesday 22 January 2020
Applications openAt 10 am on Wednesday 29 January 2020
Applications closeAt 4 pm on Wednesday 19 February 2020
Interview windowMonday 2 March to Wednesday 22 April 2020
Initial offers released byBy 5 pm on Thursday 23 April 2020
Hold deadlineAt 1 pm on Wednesday 29 April 2020
Upgrade deadlineAt 4 pm on Friday 1 May 2020
Hierarchical deadlineAt 4 pm on Tuesday 5 May 2020

Round 2 Re-Advert UK Medical Specialty Training Program 2020

Recruitment to posts at all levels commencing between January and March 2021

AdvertisementsThursday 16 July 2020
Applications openAt 10 am on Tuesday 28 July 2020
Applications closeAt 4 pm on Thursday 13 August 2020
Interview windowTuesday 25 August to Friday 2 October 2020
Initial offers released byBy 5 pm on Monday 5 October 2020
Hold deadlineAt 1 pm on Wednesday 7 October 2020
Upgrade deadlineAt 4 pm on Friday 9 October 2020
Hierarchical deadlineAt 4 pm on Tuesday 13 October 2020

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