The format of this evidence will vary depending on the training you have had to date.
If you are applying while in the second year of a two-year CMT/ACCS programme, you will be required to show a satisfactory ARCP at CT1-level; plus evidence you are on track to gain a satisfactory ARCP at CT2-level.
If you have previously undertaken and completed CMT/ACCS within the last three years, you will be required to show documentation of a satisfactory ARCP outcome at CT2-level.
If you do not fall into any of these categories, or you are unable to provide the documentation stated, you will need to submit an Alternative Certificate of Core Competence.
The core competences section of the website contains more detailed information about this area.
Some applicants may be considered before others on the basis of immigration status in accordance with the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006.
Candidates whose applications are subject to the resident labour market test, may apply for ST3 posts and will be considered on an equal basis up until the point of offer.
Post offers cannot be made until the pool of candidates who are not subject to such restrictions have been exhausted. Where national clearing is used this will not be until then, and only once there are no candidates without restrictions remaining.
Unfortunately, we are not able to give advice or specific guidance to candidates with regard to individual queries on immigration/visa status. Immigration issues are particularly complex, so it is important that you discuss this with appropriately qualified people.
Regions assess candidate eligibility so should also be able to help advise on immigration issues. Please see the region contacts page.
Released/relinquished a post
In short, no. In general, you would only be considered to have relinquished, been released or removed from a post if you had formally taken up and begun an ST3 post - ie started working in the post - and then departed from it at a later date.
If you applied to ST3 previously, and then:
withdrew your application
progressed through the recruitment process before declining a post offer
accepted a post offer, then withdrew prior to starting the post
You would not be considered as having relinquished/been removed from/released from a post in the manner described in the person specification.
You can; however your application will need to be supported by a document giving details on this departure. The form can be downloaded from the Oriel resource bank.
The person specification states:Applications will only be considered if applicants provide a Support for Reapplication to a Specialty Training Programme form, signed by both the Training Programme Director/Head of School and the Postgraduate Dean in the LETB/Deanery that the training took place. Extraordinary circumstances may be defined as a demonstrated change in circumstances, which can be shown on the ability to train at that time and may include severe personal illness or family caring responsibility incompatible with continuing to train. Completed forms must be submitted at the time of application. No other evidence will be accepted.
At the time at which you submit your application, it is only necessary for you to have passed MRCP(UK) Part 1 to be considered eligible at that stage. This will allow your application to progress further.
Your application can progress through the stages of long and shortlisting, interview, and even to the point of offers; but to take up a post you will need to obtain the full MRCP(UK) diploma, including all three parts: Part 1, Part 2 and PACES.
If at the time of application you do not have Part 2 or PACES, you will need to demonstrate that you have applied or are awaiting the results of these examinations at the time of interview.
Offers can be made subject to you passing the missing parts of the examination, but you will not be able to take up an ST3 post until you prove that you have gained the entire qualification.
Please note - alternative examinations or training can be accepted instead of the MRCP(UK), please see the MRCP(UK) page of this website for more information.
Candidates who have gained the necessary core competences can apply to ST3 and progress through the recruitment process; it is only necessary to have gained the full MRCP(UK) diploma by time of appointment.
Provided that your ARCP outcome evidences that you completed all competences except for the MRCP(UK), this can be used as evidence of achievement of competences and should be attached to your form; this will generally be an ARCP outcome 4.
You can then separately demonstrate completion of the MRCP(UK). Please note that you will need to have gained Part 1 by the time you come to apply and it must be possible to pass outstanding examinations before the posts commencing from date for that round; in some rounds the dates of examinations and when results are released mean that it will not be possible to apply without the examination.
If you do not gain an ST3 post as a result of not passing the full MRCP(UK) diploma, you will not be able to take up your offer, and you should contact the relevant region as soon as possible to confirm.
Aside from this there are a number of options available to consider:
Part 2/PACES re-sit
The first option to consider would be re-sitting the examination for the relevant part(s) of the diploma. Application, examination and results dates can be found on the MRCP(UK) website.
One further option that may be open in some cases is that of recruitment to LAS (Locum Appointment for Service) posts.
Some regions may wish to recruit to LAS posts to meet service requirements while recruitment to ST3 posts is going on; and unlike NTN and LAT posts, LAS posts do not require trainees to meet the full eligibility requirements as set out in the relevant person specification .
For more information, please contact the region(s) at which you are interested in working directly for this - contact details can be found on the region contacts page of this website.
UK CMT/ACCS applicants
As well as an 'entry requirement' for ST3 post, for candidates undertaking UK CMT or ACCS-AM programmes, gaining the full MRCP(UK) diploma is an 'exit requirement' - ie they cannot formally complete the CMT/ACCS programme until they have gained the full diploma.
As such, candidates who will not pass the full MRCP(UK) diploma prior to the completion of their CMT/ACCS programme should contact their current region or programme director to ask for further advice; in some circumstances, you may be eligible to apply for additional training time.
Some specialties accept candidates from alternative training routes (ie not from CMT/ACCS).
Applicants must have, as a minimum, passed the initial part(s) of the exam related to their training (eg MRCPCH Parts 1 A & B), and and it must be possible to pass outstanding examinations before the posts commencing from date for that round; in some rounds the dates of examinations and when results are released mean that it will not be possible to apply without the examination.
UK Resuscitation Council ALS certificate
The UK Resuscitation Council (RC[UK] website) is keen to ensure strict quality control and standardisation of experience/skills gained in resuscitation training. As such, there are strict guidelines applied on which courses/certificates can be classed as equivalent to the RC(UK) certificate.
RC(UK) course certificates are recognised across Europe and are valid for four years (ILS/PILS are valid for one year).
The holder of any RC(UK) course certificate has achieved a standard defined by the RC(UK); the tight quality control applied to the course programmes, the teaching scenarios, the instructors and the assessment provides some assurance of this standard.
Since RC(UK) have no such information on, or control over, the standards of potential 'equivalent' courses, RC(UK) clearly cannot offer any similar guarantee concerning successful participants.
However; ALS certificates provided by the European Resuscitation Council (ERC) (ERC website) or Australian Resuscitation Council (ARC) (ARC website) are recognised by RC(UK), as these organisations use the same programme, teaching material and assessment process.
So in summary: ALS courses/certificates from only the UK , European and Australian Resuscitation Councils can be accepted as meeting the requirement for advanced life support training.