In this section you can find the overall timetable for round 1 of the current recruitment year (below). Individual interview dates and post numbers can be found on the relevant page for each specialty.

Dates subject to change

Whist we do not expect the timelines for 2016 published here to change, please be aware that this can never be guaranteed. As such, we would advise you to check this page relatively regularly.

Changes to any of the stages of the timeline will be reflected immediately on this page, as well as noted in a news item where considered necessary.

2016 round 1 - cascadable application specialties

The below timeline will apply if you are applying to specialties using the single cascadable application recruitment model  - ie any of:

  • acute internal medicine

  • cardiology

  • endocrinology and diabetes mellitus

  • geriatric medicine

  • renal medicine.

Timeline for 2016 ST3 recruitment (round 1) - cascadable application specialties
Specialty advertisements published (by) Wednesday 10 February 2016 (to  www.jobs.nhs.uk )
Initial post numbers published

(by) Friday 12 February 2016  

[post numbers will be published periodically during Jan/Feb up to the above date] 

Applications open - Tuesday 16 February 2016  (10am, UK time) 

close - Wednesday 9 March 2016  (4pm, UK time)
Long-listing (completed by) Wednesday 23 March 2016
Short-listing (completed by)  Wednesday 30 March 2016
Interviews held Wednesday 6 April - Wednesday 11 May 2016
[Please be aware that some interviews may fall outside this window. It is advised that you check the specific interview date for your prefered specialty/region prior to applying. Individual interview dates will be published to each specialty's page.]
First offers made between close of regional interviews and Thursday 12 May 2016 (5pm, UK time)
Offer holding deadline Wednesday 18 May 2016  (1pm, UK time)
Offer upgrade deadline Friday 20 May 2016  (4pm, UK time)
National clearing late May 2016
Post start date from Wednesday 3 August 2016  (and no later than 31 December 2016*)

* For specialties only recruiting in round 1, the post start date will be no later than 7 April 2017

2016 Round 1 - national application specialties

The below timeline will apply if you are applying to specialties using the national single centre or single transferable score recruitment models - ie any of:

  • allergy
  • audiovestibular medicine
  • clinical genetics
  • clinical neurophysiology
  • clinical pharmacology and therapeutics
  • combined infection training
  • dermatology
  • gastroenterology
  • genitourinary medicine
  • haematology
  • medical oncology
  • medical ophthalmology
  • neurology
  • palliative medicine
  • rehabilitation medicine
  • renal medicine
  • respiratory medicine
  • rheumatology
  • sport and exercise medicine
Timeline for 2016 ST3 recruitment (round 1) - national application specialties
Specialty advertisements published (by)  Wednesday 10 February 2016 (to  www.jobs.nhs.uk )
Initial post numbers published

(by)  Friday 12 February 2016  

[post numbers will be published periodically during Jan/Feb up to the above date] 

Applications open -  Tuesday 16 February 2016  (10am, UK time) 

close -  Wednesday 9 March 2016  (4pm, UK time)
Long/short-listing long and short-listing for each specialty will be completed no later than seven days prior to the first interview date for that specialty
Interviews held Monday 21 March - Wednesday 11 May 2016
[ individual interview dates will be published to each  specialty's  page ]
First offers made between close of interviews and  Thursday 12 May 2016  (5pm, UK time)
Offer holding deadline Wednesday 18 May 2016   (1pm, UK time)
Offer upgrade deadline Friday 20 May 2016   (4pm, UK time)
Post start date from  Wednesday 3 August 2016  (and no later than 31 December 2016*)
* For specialties only recruiting in round 1, the post start date will be no later than 7 April 2017

Timeline information for ST3 2016 round 2 is available below.

Please be aware that the following specialties will not be running in round 2: audiovestibular medicine, cardiology, clinical neurophysiology, medical ophthalmology and sport & exercise medicine.

Whist we do not expect the timelines for 2016 published here to change, please be aware that this can never be guaranteed. As such, we would advise you to check this page relatively regularly.

Changes to any of the stages of the timeline will be reflected immediately on this page, as well as noted in a news item where considered necessary.

Please refer to the round 2 page of this website for general information about the round 2 process.

Timeline for 2016 ST3 recruitment (round 2) - all specialties
Specialty advertisements published (by)   Thursday 28 July 2016 (to www.jobs.nhs.uk)
Initial post numbers published

(by)  Friday 5 August 2016  

[post numbers will be published periodically during July up to the above date] 

Applications open -  Tuesday 9 August 2016  (10am, UK time) 
close -   Thursday 25 August 2016  (4pm, UK time)
Long/short-listing long and short-listing for each specialty will be completed no later than seven days prior to the first interview date for that specialty
Interviews held Monday 5 September - Friday 30 September 2016
[ individual interview dates will be published to each specialty's page ]
First offers made between close of interviews and Monday 3 October 2016  (5pm, UK time)
Offer holding deadline Thursday 6 October 2016 (1pm, UK time)
Offer upgrade deadline Friday 7 October 2016 (5pm, UK time)
Post start date from Monday 3 October 2016  (and no later than 7 April 2017)

In this section you can find the overall timetable for round 1 of the 2017 recruitment year (below).

Dates subject to change

Please note that this timeline is provisional at this stage. Whist we do not expect the timeline published here to change substantially, please be aware that this can never be guaranteed. As such, we would advise you to check this page relatively regularly.

Changes to any of the stages of the timeline will be reflected immediately on this page, as well as noted in a news item where considered necessary.

2017 round 1 - cascadable application specialties

The below timeline will apply if you are applying to specialties using the single cascadable application recruitment model  - ie any of:

  • acute internal medicine

  • cardiology

  • endocrinology and diabetes mellitus

  • geriatric medicine

  • renal medicine.

Timeline for 2017 ST3 recruitment (round 1) - cascadable application specialties
Specialty advertisements published (by) Wednesday 25 January 2017 (to  www.jobs.nhs.uk )
Initial post numbers published

(by) Friday 27 January 2017

[post numbers will be published periodically during Jan/Feb up to the above date] 

Applications open - Wednesday 1 February 2017 (10am, UK time) 
close - Wednesday 22 February 2017 (4pm, UK time)
Long-listing (completed by) Wednesday 8 March 2017
Short-listing (completed by)   Monday 13 March 2017
Interviews held  Tuesday 21 March - Wednesday 26 April 2017
[It is advised that you check the specific interview date for your prefered specialty/region prior to applying. Individual interview dates will be published to each specialty's page.]
First offers made between close of regional interviews and Thursday 27 April 2017 (5pm, UK time)
Offer holding deadline Wednesday 3 May 2017 (1pm, UK time)
Offer upgrade deadline Friday 5 May 2017 (4pm, UK time)
National clearing May 2017
Post start date from Wednesday 2 August 2017 (and no later than 31 December 2017)

2017 round 1 - national application model

The below timeline will apply if you are applying to specialties using the national single centre or single transferable score recruitment models - ie any of:

  • allergy
  • audiovestibular medicine
  • clinical genetics
  • clinical neurophysiology
  • clinical pharmacology and therapeutics
  • combined infection training
  • dermatology
  • gastroenterology
  • genitourinary medicine
  • haematology
  • medical oncology
  • medical ophthalmology
  • neurology
  • palliative medicine
  • rehabilitation medicine
  • renal medicine
  • respiratory medicine
  • rheumatology
  • sport and exercise medicine
Timeline for 2017 ST3 recruitment (round 1) - national application specialties
Specialty advertisements published (by)  Wednesday 25 January 2017 (to www.jobs.nhs.uk)
Initial post numbers published

(by)  Friday 27 January 2017

[post numbers will be published periodically during Jan/Feb up to the above date] 

Applications open -  Wednesday 1 February 2017 (10am, UK time) 
close -  Wednesday 22 February 2017 (4pm, UK time)
Long/short-listing long and short-listing for each specialty will be completed no later than seven days prior to the first interview date for that specialty
Interviews held Monday 6 March - Wednesday 26 April 2017
[ individual interview dates will be published to each  specialty's  page ]
First offers made between close of interviews and Thursday 27 April 2017   (5pm, UK time)
Offer holding deadline Wednesday 3 May 2017 (1pm, UK time)
Offer upgrade deadline Friday 5 May 2017 (4pm, UK time)
Post start date from Wednesday 2 August 2017 (and no later than 31 December 2017)