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CAT Guidance

Trainees for anaesthetics training – either CAT or ACCS – go through a single recruitment process. Those intending to pursue a career in anaesthetics apply through Oriel with a single application that acts as both a Core Anaesthetics, or CAT application, and an ACCS Anaesthetics application. Trainees will then give their preference for the deaneries and local offices of HEE in which they want to work. Once they have submitted their application they cannot change their preferences.

Securing an Interview After a CAT Application

To guarantee an interview, candidates should meet the longlisting criteria and they rank enough deaneries or local offices. The interview covers both anaesthetics CT1 and ACCS anaesthetics, so CT1 candidates won’t need a separate interview for each programme. If applicants do not list enough deaneries or local offices they may not be invited to interview in their preferred areas.

Applicants will have to answer several self-assessment questions in their application form. The scores will be used to work out in which local offices or deaneries they will be interviewed. Candidates must provide evidence in support of their self-assessment score when attending their interview.

Special Circumstances

Applicants who need to train in a particular area because of special circumstances must state this on their application form. They will also need to provide supporting evidence and send it to the ANRO with their application. Candidates allocated to a different location to their family or partner can seek solutions through the facilitated placements process. Those applying for academic or locally-recruited posts, or those wishing to move in or out of Northern Ireland, cannot apply for this process.

Evidences for Anaesthetics Training

All CT1 applicants have to provide evidence that they have achieved foundation competencies within three years of their start date.  They can show this by

Applicants do not need to provide evidence that they have achieved the foundation competencies, provided they have a National Training Number (NTN) or Deanery Reference Number (DRN). This is because candidates completed an assessment upon starting their current posts. Applicants who don’t fall into any of the categories specified above should submit an Alternative Certificate of Foundation Competence. A consultant who has supervised the applicant for at least three continuous months by the start of the post should sign their ACFC.


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