Oriel is the UK wide portal for recruitment to postgraduate medical, dental, pharmacy, public health and healthcare science training programmes. Oriel enables applicants to register for training, view vacancies, apply, book interviews and assessment centres and manage offers - all within a single central location.

Creating an account

The Oriel system has been upgraded, this means anyone who has created an account previously on the old system will need to register a new one. If you already have an account on the new Oriel system, please make sure you use this account when applying.

If accessing the Oriel system for the first time, you will need to create and set up a new account. This should not take more than five minutes or so. From the main screen first select your staff group (medical and dental specialties) and then 'Account Registration'.

It is crucially important to make sure you receive a confirmation email after registering as email will be the main method by which you are contacted through the recruitment round; emails are normally received within 15 minutes, typically much quicker, and should not be more than an hour.

If you register your account, but have not received an email to either your inbox or spam/junk mail folders within 60 minutes of registering, please get in touch.

The dashboard is the area of Oriel which is personal to you and where the information relating to your progress through the recruitment round is held and acted upon.

In the dashboard area, you will see a number of tabs under the main headers listed below:

  • My Dashboard -  overview information about your account, including your unique Oriel PIN. From here you can add details to your applicant registration

  • Documents some applicants will be required to upload documents to their application, this is the area where documents are uploaded. Just before submitting your application you will be required to link the relevant documents to your form.

  • Applications applications you have started or made are listed and can be accessed here. Each application contains summary information, including the status of the application. You can click on each application to either continue completing, view more detail, or carry out certain actions such as selecting preferences or amending referee details.

  • Messages - all messages sent to you via the system during the recruitment round, be they email or SMS in format, will have a copy stored here for reference (if you have any unread messages, the tab header will read 'Messages ( x )').

  • Interviews - details of any interviews will be held here. Upon receiving an invitation, you can book a place at interview via this tab. 

  • Offers  - should you receive a post offer, this is where you will view details of the offer and make your response.
  • References - here you will be able to view the referees which you have nominated for your application, and which references have been submitted.

Filters are included at the tops of pages to allow you to locate items relating to particular applications more easily.


The first step to applying is to locate the appropriate vacancy - this is found via the 'vacancies' button in the black menu bar in Oriel.

This will display a list of recruiting programmes/specialties/regions. This list is liklely to be quite long so specialty/post type/grade filters are included to help.

For most of the specialties recruiting to posts in this round, a single vacancy will be created. However, specialties which are not recruiting in England in 2021, and are recruiting to both Scotland and Wales, will have a separate vacancy created for each nation.

Here, a vacancy refers to a target for applications. So for example, while there may be 100 programmes available in a round, only one 'vacancy' will be created on the application system; and all candidates will apply to that one vacancy.

It is important to select the correct vacancy. The recruitment lead will be specified as 'Physician Specialty Recruitment Office' for national vancancies, however please note that for many specialties Northern Ireland will use a separate vacancy.