If you are offered an ST3 post, you will receive an email notifying you of this, along with instructions on how to respond and the deadline to give your decision. You may also receive a text to alert you to the email.
All offers will be shown in the offers tab of your Oriel dashboard. It is from here that you will make your response; responses to offers will not be accepted by any other means.
There are various responses you can make to an offer which are detailed on the other tabs in this section.
Every offer made will have a response deadline of 48 hours from when the offer was made.
You must respond to an offer within this time - be it to accept, reject or hold the offer - otherwise the offer will be withdrawn. Your application will also be considered withdrawn, so you would receive no further offers.
If you wish to take up the option to hold a post offer, you must still respond to the offer within 48 hours to state your wish to hold.
Weekends not included
The 48-hour deadline does not include weekends, although it does include bank holidays.
This means if you receive an offer at 1pm on a Thursday, the deadline will be 1pm on the following Monday.
Regardless of when you are made the offer, the offer email will contain the deadline by which you need to respond.
How do I know my response has been confirmed
When confirming your decision on Oriel you will undergo a two-step process to confirm the response to your offer: once to select the option and then again to confirm it; if you do not go through both stages your decision will not have been made. There are three ways you can confirm that a decision has been registered:
- You will receive an automatic email confirming your decision. Please note that the email may not arrive immediately, in busy times there can be a significant delay in when this email is received.
- Check your messages in your Oriel account. Any emails sent to you via the application system will be stored in your candidate portal on Oriel (ie your 'account') in the 'My Messages' section of your Dashboard.
- Check that your application status has been updated from 'Offer made' to the relevant decision. This can be seen in the 'My Applications' area of your Dashboard.
If you are still concerned, contact the offering region as soon as posisble so it can be investigated. Offers without a decision come the deadline are considered to be declined and will be offered to someone else where possible.
Additional guidance and help with offers is available from the following sources:
There are three responses available to an offer: accept, hold and reject. In addition, when you accept or hold an offer there is the possibility of being considered for upgrades, which is covered on the next tab.
Before accepting an offer, please ensure that this is your preferred option. Once you have accepted the offer you will not receive any others (in this round).
This also applies across all specialties/programmes. For example, if you have applied to dermatology, acute internal medicine and geriatric medicine, then if you accept an offer in one of these programmes, your applications to the other two will be withdrawn automatically.
Please also be aware that accepting an offer you do not intend to take up will prevent an offer being made to a colleague.
GMC Good Medical Practice
You should also consider the GMC's guidance on taking up and ending appointments, as outlined in Good Medical Practice:
'Patient care may be compromised if there is not sufficient medical cover. Therefore, you must take up any post, including a locum post, you have formally accepted, and you must work your contractual notice period, unless the employer has reasonable time to make other arrangements.'
The key consideration is to be certain you do not wish to take up an offered post before you reject the offer.
Once you reject an offer of a post in a particular specialty, you will not be made another (in this round), and your application to this specialty will be regarded as withdrawn.
Rejecting an offer from one specialty/programme will not affect any applications you have made elsewhere.
When offers are made initially, there will be a third option available - that of 'holding' the post offer. Choosing this will allow you to consider the offer beyond the standard 48-hour response deadline.
This option was brought in for the benefit of those candidates who make applications to more than one specialty/programme. It allows you to keep a post offer under consideration longer-term, while awaiting the outcome of any other applications you have made.
Please note - if you hold an offer, you will still need to select to hold within the 48-hour response limit.
Applies across all specialties
The holding option will be available across all specialties participating in the round, including those not part of the JRCPTB-coordinated process. Therefore it will be possible to hold an dermatology offer while awaiting the outcome of a paediatric cardiology application, for instance, or vice versa.
Only one offer can be held
It is only possible to hold one offer at a time.
So in the event you had applied to three specialties, received offers from two, and wanted to wait for the outcome of the third before making a decision, then it would not be possible to hold both beyond the standard 48-hour consideration period.
Holding one offer would automatically reject the other one.
Offer holding deadline
It is not possible for offers to be held in this manner indefinitely, as this would delay the recruitment process as a whole. Therefore, it is only possible to hold offers up until the offer holding deadline; see the timeline of the round for details of when this is.
After this point, you must choose whether to accept or reject any offer you are holding. Any offers still held at the deadline will be automatically rejected.
Any offers made after the holding deadline will only include the options of 'accept' and 'reject'.
In the event you choose to accept or hold an offer you receive, you can also choose to be considered for offer upgrades.
When an offer is made to you, you will be offered the highest of your programme preferences which is available at the time of offer.
Should you choose to be considered for an upgrade, if a higher ranked preference becomes available, your offer can be upgraded automatically to your higher preference.
Please note - upgrading is a wholly subjective process; ie it is based purely on your preferences, and nothing else.
If you hold/accept an offer and do choose to be considered for upgrades, you will be given the option to review/revise the programme preferences which you have ranked more highly than the post you have been offered.
Here, you will be able to opt out of any of these preferences for which you no longer wish to be considered.
In addition - if you initially wish to be considered for an upgrade but later decide you do not, you can opt out at any time.
The upgrading function will only be in place until a fixed deadline; see the timeline of the round for details of when this is.
After this point, any post offers which have been accepted previously will not change; and any offers made subsequently will not include the option of upgrading.