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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:

Selecting Regions

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.

Special Circumstances

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.

Facilitated Placements

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.

Swapping Posts

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.

Immigration Status

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):

Eligibility for Round 2

The following applicants are eligible to apply in Round 2:

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.

Foundation Competences

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:

Applicants do not need to show that they have achieved foundation competences, regardless of when they were signed off, if

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

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.


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