Recruitment in Northern Ireland
The Northern Ireland Medical and Dental Training Agency is responsible for the recruitment process for CST programmes in Northern Ireland.
The lead recruiter for CST in Northern Ireland is the Northern Ireland Medical and Dental Training Agency. To be eligible to apply for CST, applicants must meet essential person specification criteria such as
- an MBBS degree, or equivalent;
- full registration with a licence to practise from the GMC, on commencement of CST;
- evidence they are currently working in foundation programme in the UK, or that they have 12 months’ experience after obtaining full registration with the GMC – candidates will also need evidence that they have achieved the GMC ‘Good Medical Practice’ foundation competencies within three years of the intended start date of the post;
- eligibility to work in the UK, and skills in written and spoken English that enable them to communicate effectively;
- an ALS certificate, valid on commencement of the post;
- up-to-date evidence of being fit to practise safely, as well as an awareness of their training needs;
- meeting the GMC health requirements, as set out in ‘Good Medical Practice’;
- a complete history of their employment;
- evidence that their career progression is consistent with their personal circumstances, in addition to proof that their performance corresponds with their level of training;
- no more than 18 months of experience in surgery, excluding foundation training, by the time they begin CST;
- proof that they have received an ARCP outcome of one, or, if there are exceptional circumstances, proof that they have been released or removed from a surgical training programme; and
- proof that they have not have been removed from or relinquished a post in a foundation programme that resulted in failure to obtain a FACD 5.2 – unless evidence of extraordinary circumstances of remediation is provided.
Non-UK and on-EEA applicants will need to take the Resident Labour Market Test. Applications to CST programmes from international graduates who need a Tier 2 visa to work in the UK and have limited leave to remain will only be considered if there are no candidates from the UK or EEA who are suitably qualified for the posts.