The first requirement on the 2017 ST3 person specifications is that you must be qualified to practise medicine, and therefore must have qualified from a recognised medical school. This criterion will ultimately be demonstrated by gaining full GMC registration.

You are thus required to have an MBBS or equivalent medical qualification. To provide details of this:

On your application: under the 'Entry qualification' section of the competences page, answer the questions as appropriate on your qualification and medical school/university.

At interview: provide the original documentation showing your medical qualification - eg MBBS certificate.

You will be required to declare any criminal convictions or issues in relation to your fitness to practise.

For propriety, such declarations need to include all convictions, regardless of whether or not they can be regarded as 'spent'; this includes driving offences, with the exception of fixed penalty notices and parking offences.

This will be assessed from your application, at interview, via your references, and will be checked prior to you taking up any employment offered.

The application form will contain a full page dedicated to nine fitness to practise issues.

Should you answer 'yes' to any of the nine corresponding questions, you will be required to send further details to the region managing your application using the fitness to practise email addresses given on the contacts page of this website.

You must meet professional health requirements in line with GMC standards, as described in Good Medical Practice.

Provide information on this as follows:

On your application: within the declarations page, you will declare your understanding that employment will be subject to satisfactory medical clearance, and your awareness of GMC guidelines on fitness to practise.

At interview: none.

The ST3 person specifications have an explicit requirement for all applicants to have gained an Advanced Life Support Certificate from the Resuscitation Council UK (or equivalent) by the post start date.

Candidates who will have completed UK core medical training by the time of post start date should meet this automatically, by virtue of it being a requirement for completion of CMT.

Those who have not undertaken UK core medical training will need to demonstrate they have gained this or an equivalent certificate.

The Resuscitation Council UK (RC [UK]) 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.

Providing information

You can provide information as follows:

On your application: you will be asked whether or not you have a valid ALS certificate on the application form and the date of completion

At interview: provide the original certificate demonstrating completion. If you have not completed ALS at time of interview and go on to accept an offer, you will be required to submit the certificate to the employing region, prior to the post start date, to be able to take up employment