The Specialty Recruitment Office at the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) have coordinated recruitment to ST3 specialties since 2010

After designing and implementing a nationally-coordinated recruitment system for CT1-level CMT posts, the success of this project led to a similarly-coordinated pilot at ST3-level in 2010 for five participating ST3 specialties: cardiology, endocrinology and diabetes, gastroenterology, geriatric medicine and renal medicine.

The intention was to introduce a process which was fair, effective, strong, robust, transparent, and efficient.

This pilot saw similar success, and the project has since grown to include over 20 specialties at ST3-level for recruitment into all posts across England, Scotland and Wales.

Northern Ireland participate in RCP-coordinated ST3 recruitment in the specialties of clincial genetics, medical oncology and palliative medicine.

We believe that such a system has been created and introduced with very positive feedback received each year by the from all stakeholders - candidates, clinicians and the four nations.

We work closely with the Joint Royal College of Physicians (JRCPTB) and intend to continue working to deliver a high quality and robust recruitment process in future years, providing an excellent service to all stakeholders and helping to improve patient care by ensuring the standards required of new trainees.

The Joint Royal Colleges of Physicians Training Board

What the JRCPTB do

The Joint Royal College of Physicians Training Board (JRCPTB) improves patient care by setting and maintaining standards for the highest quality of physician training in the UK on behalf of the Royal College of Physicians of London, Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow.

This is achieved through excellence in curriculum design and implementation, and the recruitment and certification of trainees, while supporting the GMC in quality management. The JRCPTB aim to provide excellent service and support to stakeholders and aspire to the highest standards in physician training.

For more information please visit the JRCPTB website.