Throughout this website and all accompanying documentation, we will refer to all bodies across the UK to which candidates apply for places on ST3 programmes as regions. This is for simplicity because there is variation in the terms for these organisations.

Additionally, in some specialties regions cluster together for recruitment so the term region can be used to represent a cluster of regions.

Deaneries and local teams

Until 2013, NHS postgraduate medical training in all regions was coordinated and managed by organisations known as deaneries. Although all regions are often still referred to colloquially as 'deaneries', the correct term depends on the location of region:

  • England - Health Education England refer to their regional offices as 'local teams'; this replaced the term 'Local Education Training Board (LETB), which was used until recently. The Health Education England website has more information about each region.
  • Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales - the devolved nations all use the term deanery, although how recruitment is managed varies within each: