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Medical Specialty Recruitment 2021

Specialty recruitment will proceed for posts commencing from August 2021, although the timeframes and delivery methods will differ from previous years.

Below is a recording of the specialty recruitment webinar that was held on 21 October 2020. More information on the changes to specialty recruitment and answers to the questions submitted can be found in these FAQs.

 

 

Applying for Specialty Training

Applications to specialty training programmes will be made using Oriel.  A new version of Oriel is being used for 2021 recruitment which will require all applicants to register for a new account, even if they have had an Oriel account previously.

The new version of Oriel can be accessed at https://new.oriel.nhs.uk/Web.  Please note, no vacancies will be advertised on the previous version of Oriel.

Recruitment Timelines

Recruitment has previously been delivered through distinct, separate recruitment rounds.  For posts commencing in 2021, there will be a much greater overlap of the recruitment rounds than in previous years.

The timelines for each of the recruitment rounds is as follows:

Recruitment Activity

Round 1

(CT1/ST1 and some run through specialties that recruit at ST1 and ST3 level)

Round 2

(ST3/ST4 uncoupled specialties)

Advertisements appear

02/11/2020

23/11/2020

Application window

05/11/2020 to 01/12/2020

26/11/2020 to 17/12/2020

Interview window

04/01/2021 to 16/04/2021

04/01/2021 to 04/05/2021

Initial offers to be made by

19/04/2021

05/05/2021

Hold deadline

28/04/2021

11/05//2021

Upgrade deadline

30/04/2021

12/05/2021

General Principles for Specialty Recruitment Delivery

Following wide consultation with trainees, recruitment teams, statutory education bodies and the Royal Colleges, a number of general principles have been developed that all specialties must follow for selection:

  • Applicants should be aware of the selection process in place before they submit an application
  • Recruitment plans have been developed with the anticipation of further COVID disruption and are deliverable regardless of social distancing or restrictions in place
  • Where self assessment is used, evidence should be verified
  • Where application numbers exceed interview capacity, shortlisting processes can be adopted
  • There will be no face to face, in person interviews throughout the duration of the 2021 recruitment process
  • Interview processes will be undertaken digitally, as a single interview panel.  Multiple mini interview panels will not be used
  • Interview panels should consist of a minimum of two panel members, one of whom must be a consultant.  This can be reduced to a single consultant of clinical pressures necessitate this. 
  • Lay representatives should be available to undertake quality assurance checks on a proportion of the interviews taking place

 

Each specialty has developed two approved recruitment plans, known commonly as Plan A and Plan B.

Plan A is the specialty’s preferred selection process and will include a combination of selection processes including, but not limited to the Multi Specialty Recruitment Assessment, verified self assessment and a digital interview.

Plan B will be adopted, on a specialty by specialty basis, should delivery of Plan A become impossible.  There will be no global decision that moves all specialties into Plan B delivery.

Where Plan A delivery appears undeliverable, the recruitment lead should escalate the concern to the national Medical and Dental Recruitment and Selection team who will work with the recruitment team to find a solution to the issue to ensure that delivery of the Plan A process can continue.  The Lead Dean for recruitment and the BMA JDC will be involved in the discussions and determining the recommendations.

Where, following escalation, delivery of Plan A is deemed impossible, a recommendation to the four statutory education bodies to move to the Plan B process will be made.  In order for Plan B to be enacted, all participating nations must be supportive.

Applicants affected by a move to Plan B will be contacted directly to inform them of the change.

Further Information

Further information on the recruitment and selection process can be obtained from the specialty training and Oriel websites, together with specialty specific information available from the lead recruiters.

In addition, a specialty recruitment webinar is being held on 21 October 2021 at 19:00 hours which will outline the process, give tips for avoiding difficulty in application and will be an opportunity to ask the panel process questions.  You can join the webinar here.

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