Applying for Paediatric Posts
Doctors applying for Paediatric posts apply through Oriel, the online application system. The Paediatrics National Recruiting Office, and HEE Midlands and East manage the recruitment process.
Current recruitment information has yet to be released. Application deadlines for 2018 were as follows:
- Applications closed on the 30th November 2017,
- Interviews ran from the 27th of December 2017 to the 2nd March 2018, and
- Offers began from the 5th of March 2018.
Applicants have to indicate their preference for training regions in rank order. They can only preference programmes in which they would be prepared to work, including those currently without vacancies. Eight-year training programmes are available at ST1, and seven-year programmes are available at ST2. Locum Appointed for Training, or LAT, programmes are available in Scotland.
Start Date Deferment
Statutory reasons, such as maternity leave or illness, are grounds for consideration for start date deferment. Trainees must declare their wish to defer on their application form.
Applicants state if they wish to be considered for special circumstances on their application form. They will need to complete a special circumstances application from that is available via Oriel.
These are available to applicants who have been allocated to a region that is away from their partner or family. Facilitated placements are available to all applicants except those who are applying to an academic post or posts that are being locally recruited, in addition to applicants who want to move into or out of Northern Ireland. Applicants can only apply for one facilitated placement each recruitment year.
Applicants who accept a post but then want to swap it for another should contact PaedsNRO at the earliest opportunity, as they will try to accommodate swaps where possible.
Doctors applying for paediatrics training must have the required immigration status to work in the UK. UK and EEA nationals and doctors with immigration status that entitles them to work as a doctor in training in the UK are eligible to apply for specialty training. They need to provide evidence of immigration status, such as a date stamped passport, identity card, or biometric residence card. Other non-UK or non-EEA nationals who have limited leave to remain in the UK and who need a Tier 2 visa to work in the UK are subject to the Resident Labour Market Test. Furthermore, they are only considered for the post if there are no suitable UK or EEA nationals for the post.
Round 1 and Round 2 Eligibility
The following applicants are eligible to be considered for appointment in Round 1 (ST1) and Round 2 (ST3/4):
- UK or EEA nationals;
- Non-UK or non-EEA nationals with immigration status allowing them to work without restriction in the UK;
- Applicants on a Tier 2 who are applying to continue training with the same sponsor and/or the same training number;
- Those applying to a specialty where there is a shortage;
- Non-UK or non-EEA nationals who graduated from a UK medical school, and have UK Tier 4 status to work in a foundation programme – these applicants will need to apply for Tier 2 sponsorship, but are not subject to the RLMT if they have had continuous immigration status after graduating; and
- Non-UK or non-EEA nationals with Tier 4 status to complete a Master’s or PhD – these applicants must have competed their Master’s or one year of their PhD in order to be exempt from the RLMT.
Eligibility for Round 2
The following applicants are eligible to apply in Round 2:
- Those already on a Tier 2 applying to work in a different specialty, who are changing their sponsor – these applicants will need Tier 2 sponsorship and are subject to the RLMT;
- Non-UK or non-EEA nationals with limited leave to remain in the UK, who do not fall into one of the above categories – these applicants will require Tier 2 sponsorship and are subject to the RLMT; and
- Non-UK or non-EEA nationals without UK visa status – these applicants will need Tier 2 sponsorship, and are also subject to the RLMT.
English Language Skills
All those applying for Paediatrics training must provide evidence that they have English language skills, as set out by the GMC, that enable them to communicate effectively with patients and colleagues. The GMC requires that applicants obtain a score of at least 7.0 in speaking, listening, reading, and writing in their International English Language Testing System. Furthermore, they require an overall score of 7.5.
Doctors applying for Paediatrics posts at ST1 need to show that they have achieved the Foundation Competences within three and a half years before the post is due to start. They can do this by:
- showing they are currently training in a Foundation Programme, by
- confirming the name of their Foundation School, with offers conditional on successful completion of the Foundation Programme and the award of the FPCC; or
- providing a Foundation Achievement of Competence Document (FACD) 5.2, or FPCC if they have already completed a Foundation Programme – with applicants for 2018 posts completing the Foundation Programme no later than the 1st of January 2015.
Applicants do not need to show that they have achieved foundation competences, regardless of when they were signed off, if
- they are currently working in a clinical or clinical and academic post that is an educationally-approved training post, such as CT, ST, LAT, or equivalent;
- they have a National training Number, or NTN; or
- they have a Deanery reference Number, or DRN.
All other applicants will need to submit an Alternative Certificate of Foundation Competence, signed-off by a consultant that has supervised them for at least three months since the 1st of January 2015. They also need to have obtain 12 months’ experience after achieving full GMC, or other equivalent body, registration by the start date of the post for which they are applying.
Fitness to Practise
Doctors applying for Paediatrics posts who answer ‘yes’ to any of the questions about fitness to practise need to send information about this to their first preference region by the closing date for applications.
Required Evidence for Those Applying for Paediatrics Training
ST2 applicants must have the required level of Paediatrics competences by the start date of the post for which they are applying. They must show they have at least 12 months experience in Paediatrics at post-graduate, post-Foundation school level, or equivalent, by the start date of the post. They can show this by
- obtaining a satisfactory ACP outcome for their ST1 post, if they are in a UK-approved Paediatrics training programme; or
- providing evidence of a satisfactory ARCP outcome if they have completed ST1 in an approved training programme in the UK, within 36 months of the intended start date of the post for which they are applying.
If applicants cannot provide this evidence they will need to show that their work experience has enabled them to successfully achieve the competences that are equivalent to those required in a UK-approved paediatric training programme at ST1 level. This should be a letter from a Consultant.
Accreditation of Transferable Competences Framework
The ATCF helps doctors to transfer competences from one Core, Specialty, or General Practice training programme to another. Applicants are eligible for ATCF if they are transferring from ACCS programmes, Anaesthetics, Emergency Medicine, General Internal Medicine (Core Medical Training), General Practice, General Psychiatry (Core Training in Psychiatry), or Obstetrics and Gynaecology.
Generally, Specialty Training posts and programmes are not available to doctors who have previously relinquished, or been released or removed from a training post or programme.
If current Paediatrics trainees wish to continue training in another region without a break in service they need to provide information about this, and obtain support from their current training region. They must complete the ‘Support for Reapplication of Specialty Training in a Different Region’ form and email it to their first preference region.