Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Specialty Recruitment Guidance

3rd September 2020 Update

R2R Self-Assessment Guidance. Further information can be found here

7 August 2020 Update

R2R Applicant Guidance. Further information can be found here

6 May 2020 Update

As we move past the peak of the Covid-19 pandemic, we must now ensure that doctors in training are enabled to progress their careers in the way that they would expect and deserve, and in the way that our systems need as we begin delivering the recovery and renewal phase. Read the letter in full here

7 April 2020 Update

Over the last few weeks, the NHS has faced unprecedented challenges due to the Coronavirus pandemic. However, the response of all healthcare professionals has been remarkable, not least the courage and determination of doctors in training to continue to provide the best care they possibly can in difficult circumstances to those under their care. Read the letter and management of ARCP update here.

2 April 2020 Update

Thank you for your patience whilst contingency plans have been put in place and approved. We are now in a position to confirm further details in this statement.

30 March 2020 Update

Following the cancellation of all face-to-face recruitment, contingency plans have been reviewed for all medical and surgical specialties by senior clinical representatives from across the four nations, and junior doctor representatives from the BMA JDC and AoMRC trainees’ committee, supported by the Medical and Dental Recruitment and Selection (MDRS) team. A number of general principles have been agreed to support the appointment of doctors to Medical training programmes, which will allow August 2020 start dates to be maintained.  The following letter was sent to all College Presidents, to view this letter, please click here‚Äč

27 March 2020 Update

An update from the National School of Healthcare Scientists is available to view here.

23 March 2020 Update

We are keen that medical recruitment is disrupted no more than absolutely necessary and, as such, are urgently working will all Royal College recruitment teams to reschedule these recruitment events. For more information, please click here

18 March 2020 Update

Multi-Specialty Recruitment Assessment (MSRA) postponed, national efforts are underway to implement a revised recruitment timeline and delivering alternative methods of recruitment and selection processes during this current exceptional period; applicants will be advised of this in due course. 

17 March 2020 Update

All interviews (17 March onwards) postponed.

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In light of recent developments, a decision has been taken to postpone the Dental Core SJT at this time. Dental trainees have been informed directly. For more information, please click here.

13 March 2020 Update

Intensive Care Medicine ST3 interviews (17-19 March) postponed.  

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12 March 2020 Update

We acknowledge there is concern from applicants and panel members about attendance at specialty training recruitment centres over the forthcoming weeks. 

Currently the recruitment and selection timetable remains unchanged and the schedule of selection centres is being planned as normal. We are reviewing the situation carefully and will communicate any changes to the timetable and process with updates on the Specialty Training Website and Oriel.

Applicants travelling or recently returned from the specified countries which are deemed a higher risk of infection should not attend selection centre and instead contact the lead recruiter for alternative arrangements.

  • Applicants travelling from or who have returned from Category 1 specified countries/areas in the last 14 days should self-isolate. This includes avoiding attending a selection centre until 14 days after they return.

Applicants who have come into contact with someone with coronavirus and or are experiencing symptoms and are self-isolating for 14 days which covers the scheduled interview date, should also contact the lead recruiter regarding their interview. 

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Further coronavirus guidance from Public Health England can be found at