All offers, and responses to them, are made via the Oriel system.

The first offer will be made to the highest-scoring candidate; the next to the second-highest; and so on until all offers have been made. Each candidate to be made an offer will be offered the highest available of their programme preferences.

If you cannot be made an offer at this stage due to all of your programme preferences being filled by higher ranked candidates then you will be placed on the reserve list.

After all programmes have been offered to candidates, those which are declined will be re-offered to the next ranked candidate on the reserve list in contention for that programme.

This process will continue either until all available programmes have been filled, or until the pool of eligible/appointable candidates has been exhausted.

A specialty/region can begin making offers to candidates once their interviews have been completed, all scores have been compiled and verified, and the closing date for programme preferences has passed.

There are a number of factors to bear in mind.

Timing varies

The exact timing of when offers will start for your specialty/region will vary depending on a variety of factors. Considerations include:

  • Specialties/regions interviewing later in the interview window will likely make offers at a later stage than those interviewing at the beginning of the window.

  • Larger specialties/regions with more candidates being assessed will have more assessments to check; and so can take a little longer to make offers in some cases.

  • Programme preferences will need to be completed before the offer process can commence.

Offers made in iterations

In most cases, not all candidates will receive an offer in the first 'batch' of offers that are made.

Higher-scoring candidates will receive offers first. If some of these offers are declined early on, they can be recycled to candidates further down the list at a later stage.

Should the higher-scoring candidates opt to hold offers (see the responding to offers page) for a period of time and then choose to reject later on, this will delay how quickly offers can be re-circulated.

First offers and holding deadlines

The deadline by which first offers must be made helps to ensure that the process does get underway at as early a stage as possible.

The first batch of offers must be made by Wednesday 27 April 2017. So if a specialty/region has 30 posts available, for example, at least 30 candidates must have been made an offer by this deadline (assuming 30 candidates are in line for offers). However, in some cases offers will be underway before this.

When offers are made, candidates will be given the option to hold their offer. If a candidate does opt to hold an offer, they must respond to it (ie accept or reject it) by 1pm (UK time) on Wednesday 3 May 2017.

[See the responding to offers page of this website for more information on holding offers and the offer-holding deadline.]

Recyling of offers

The rate at which offers will be made after the inital batch is dependent on how many candidates reject or hold their offer. Typically, a few will reject the offer straight away which means they can be recycled soon after first offers. However, many will hold their offer whilst waiting for another specialty.

Around the holding deadline this is likely to accelerate with those holding needing to make a decision and some relinquishing their offer. Offers are mainly completed within a week of the holding deadline, although specialties using the cascadable recruitment model will make further offers in national clearing which takes place from around mid-May.

Offers will be made as quickly as possible

All specialties and regions are as keen for post offers to be made quickly and vacancies filled promptly, as you are to be informed of your appointability status and to receive offers. 

However, there are often necessary to delays to ensure that the offers process proceeds accurately and fairly and that details of all available programmes can be included for you to choose. A late, correct decision is preferable to an early, incorrect one and it is better that offers are delayed to maximise the number of programmes available rather than complete them earlier with fewer options.