On the whole round 2 runs very similarly to round 1. The main difference is that in round 2 all regions will use the national single centre model of recruitment (see below) and not all specialties participate; a list of participating specialties can be found in the latest news item on the home page and on the news section of the website.

Regions will make available any ST3 programmes which were either not filled in round 1 or have subsequently become available. 

An addendum to the applicants' guide has been published to the document library of the website. This details anything which is different about round 2 to round 1 and also confirms the specialties participating and interview dates; these are also available on the relevant page for each  specialty . The FAQs area contains a section on  round 2  with further guidance on common questions.


The overall timetable for round 2 is published on the timeline page of this website. Changes to any of the stages of the timeline will be reflected immediately on the timeline page, as well as noted in a news item where considered necessary.

This does not include the interview dates for specific specialties which will be published to each specialty's page in the lead-up to the opening date for applications.

National single centre model

You will not be required to give any preferences of particular regions when completing your application; you are applying purely for the specialty at that stage.

Later on, you will be required to give preferences of the available posts – at that point, you can opt to be considered for as many (or as few) post vacancies available nationally as you wish.

Lead region and single centre interviews

Each specialty will nominate a particular region to act as lead for the round. This lead region will review all applications, liaise with all candidates, host interviews, verify assessments, and make offers on behalf of all regions nationally; details of which region this is will be published to each specialty's page nearer the opening of the round.

Your application will be handled solely by the lead region throughout the entire round, up to the point where you receive and accept an offer; after which it will be transferred to the region where the post is based for pre-employment checks.

All interviews will be held at this lead region although the clinicians making up the interview panel will be drawn from a national background – ie not just from the host region.

Applying in both rounds