This page of the website includes guidance on completing the 'personal information' page of the 2013 ST3 application form.
The first page of the form requires that you provide some information about yourself, including correspondence and contact details, and any training and interview requirements you may have.
Click on the links below to reveal information about each section.
Contact & personal details
Here you need to enter your date of birth, home and work postal addresses, and any telephone number(s) on which you can be contacted.
Training requirements - less-than-full-time
Here you can provide details on whether you wish to apply to train on a less-than-full-time (LTFT) basis.
This is just a 'Yes/No' drop-down field; you are not required to provide any further information at this stage.
This information will not be made known to the selection panel at interview, but you will need to apply formally for LTFT via the flexible training team of the deanery/UoA to which you are applying.
In addition, if you do wish to apply for LTFT, it may be prudent to contact any deaneries/UoAs to which you are considering including in your preferences, to enquire as to whether they have any further information.
Contact details for all deaneries/UoAs can be found on the deanery/UoA contacts page of this website.
Deferred start date
Below the LTFT question, you will be asked whether you wish to apply for a deferred start date.
Again, this will be a 'Yes/No' field first of all; but should you select 'Yes', a text box will appear in which you will be required to give details on why you wish to apply for a deferred start date.
Whether or not a deferred start date can be granted will be at the discretion of the deanery/UoA in question.
However, all deaneries/UoAs follow the guidance given in the DH Gold Guide (page 36, point 6.20), which states that posts can only be deferred on statutory grounds - ie maternity leave or ill health.
Should you wish to defer your post start date for any other reasons, we would suggest contacting any deaneries/UoAs to which you wish to apply to enquire as to whether this can be done.
That said, if it is for non-statutory reasons, we would suggest you defer making your application until the recruitment round corresponding to the post start date you are seeking.
Adjustments for disability
The final section of this page asks you to give information on any disability of which you may wish to make the deanery/UoA aware.
In line with the Equality Act 2010, we will ensure the ST3 recruitment process does not disadvantage any candidates who may have a disability or long-term health condition.
Should you have a disability/condition, it is by no means compulsory to pass this information on to the deanery/UoA.
However, in the event you would like specific arrangements to be made for your attendance at interview relating to a disability, you can select 'Yes' from the first drop-down field here, and then give further details in the accompanying text box.
Guaranteed Interview Scheme (GIS)
Secondly, you will also have the option to request to be considered under the Guaranteed Interview Scheme.
This means that in the ST3 recruitment process anyone with a disability, as defined by the Equality Act 2010, is guaranteed an interview in their first choice deanery/UoA, provided that their application meets all of the essential entry criteria in the person specification.
The Equality Act 2010 defines a disabled person as someone who has a physical or mental impairment which has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on their ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities.
You do not have to be registered as a disabled person to apply under this scheme; if you are unsure as to whether or not you are eligible, you are advised to contact any deanery/UoA to which you are keen to apply, and liaise with their recruitment team in advance of making your application.
Should you select 'Yes' to be considered under the GIS, a text box will appear requiring you to give details of how you think you qualify for the GIS; you must explain why you think you qualify to enable your request to be considered.
The British Dyslexia Association has a webpage dedicated to how the Equalities Act 2010 relates to dyslexia; this can be viewed here.
The main point to note here is that dyslexia is/can be classed as a disability, and as such is covered under the Equalities Act 2010.
Thus if you have dyslexia, you can add details of this to your application if you wish to make recruiters aware of this.
As noted above, you are not under obligation to notify recruiters of any disability/impairment you may have; but this is encouraged so as to allow adjustments to be made in advance of interviews taking place.
If a deanery is not notified at time of application, it may not be possible to allow for any adjustments.
In line with common practice, adjustments made to interviews will see a further 25% reading time given to candidates with dyslexia.
The main area where this will come into play is in the area of 'scenarios':
Prior to arrival at an interview station, you may be given details of a particular clinical or ethical situation that has arisen.
During the five minutes before arriving at the station, you will be required to consider the scenario, and then discuss it further upon arrival at the station.
More information on these can be found on the interview content page of this website; including details of which specialties will be using scenario questions, and what these will involve.
As noted above, candidates with dyslexia will be able to request an additional 25% of reading time for consideration of these scenarios.
With five minutes of preparation time available before arrival at a station, if you request an adjustment for dyslexia, this can be increased to six minutes and 15 seconds.
To request this, select 'Yes' from the adjustments drop-down list, and then give the relevant details in the accompanying textbox.
NB - should you request this, following submission of your application the deanery/UoA will request that you provide some evidence of your condition, so that adjustments can be made.
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