There are two main places to find out the eligibility criteria and whether you are eligible:
- All the eligibility criteria are listed in the person specifications.
- The Am I eligible? section of this website gives detailed information about each area of eligibility.
Beyond this, if you have a specific question which is not covered in the sources above, you can contact the JRCPTB with your query.
Post numbers are published to each specialty's page of this website, broken down by region. Provisional post numbers will be published just prior to the application opening date where possible. However, please note that post numbers are subject to change and on average will increase 20-40% through the recruitment round from applications opening to offers being made.
Each specialty's 'data' tab shows final post numbers at the end of each round dating back to 2013. This can be used as a guide, however, post numbers at ST3 level are very variable, particularly within a single region and for smaller specialties, so please treat post number data with caution.
In the majority of cases, no. It is not usually possible to apply for an inter-deanery transfer (IDT) within a training programme.
There is a national IDT process to which you can apply but you will need to demonstrate exceptional circumstances showing that your personal circumstances have changed since your appointment.
Inter-deanery transfers are only possible if the proposed destination region has a vacant slot that can accommodate your remaining transfer requirements. Not all approved transfers will actually be able to proceed.
Information about the process is available on the Specialty Training website.
Unfortunately, it is not possible to introduce an option allowing candidates to link applications in this manner.
The advice is to select the same regional preferences, but applications cannot be linked formally.
In the event that you are offered interviews in different regions, please contact the JRCPTB for advice as soon as possible after short-listing is completed.
The Gold Guide states that:
"...the start of training may only be deferred on statutory grounds (eg maternity leave, ill health)."
This includes a period of illness or maternity leave taken during core training prior to making an application. Where applicants are unable to achieve competence on time, they may still apply may be permitted to defer whilst they complete the time/competences missed. Extended training will need to be organised in the current post to cover the time that was missed.
If your particular circumstances will make it necessary for the start date of any post offered to you to be deferred or delayed, but are not covered by the text above, then please contact the region concerned.
Upon receiving an offer, you should contact your employing region to ensure they are aware of your desire to defer your start date and ensure this will be permissible. The final decision on whether a start date can be deferred is at the discretion of the region where you will be starting work.
Help and advice will be available from a variety of sources. Your first approach should be to the region managing your application; the region contacts page of our website contains contact details for each region.
If you are not satisfied at this point, or you are not comfortable going direct to the region, you can email the JRCPTB. In general we will try and resolve issues before the need to make a formal complaint or appeal but if you feel that you wish to do this then please ensure you read the complaints and appeals policy before submitting this.