In this section you can find the overall timetable for round 1 of the 2020 recruitment year (below). You can find the overall timetable for Round 2 by clicking on the "2020 Round 2" tab on the grey menu above. Please note that separate timelines are given for both cascadable application specialties and national application model specialties. The specialties within each model are clearly stated by each timeline so please ensure you are looking at the one related to the specialty in which you are interested.

Interview dates for each specialty will be published in the 'Interview dates and posts' section of each specialty's page of the website.

Dates subject to change

Please note that this timeline is provisional at this stage. Whilst we are not expecting the timeline 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.

2020 round 1 - cascadable application model

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 2020 ST3 recruitment (round 1) - cascadable application specialties

Specialty advertisements published

Wednesday 21 January 2020 (to www.jobs.nhs.uk )

Applications

open - Wednesday 29 January 2020 (10am UK time)

close - Wednesday 19 February 2020 (4pm UK time)

Longlisting

(completed by) Wednesday 4 March 2020

Shortlisting

(completed by) Monday 9 March 2020

Interviews held

Monday 16 March - Wednesday 22 April 2020

[It is advised that you check the specific interview date for your preferred specialty/region prior to applying. As available individual interview dates will be published to each specialty's page.]

First offers made

between close of regional interviews and Thursday 23 April 2020 (5pm UK time)

Offer holding deadline

Wednesday 29 April 2020 (1pm UK time)

Interview feedback released 

Thursday 30 April 2020

Offer upgrade deadline

Friday 1 May 2020 (4pm UK time)

National clearing

approximately mid-May 2020

Post start date

from Wednesday 5 August 2020 (and no later than 31 December 2020)

2020 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
  • palliative medicine
  • rehabilitation medicine
  • renal medicine
  • respiratory medicine
  • rheumatology
  • sport and exercise medicin

Timeline for 2020 ST3 recruitment (round 1) - national application specialties
Specialty advertisements published Tuesday 21 January 2020 (to  www.jobs.nhs.uk  )
Applications open -  Wednesday 29 January 2020  (10am, UK time)
close -  Wednesday 19 February 2020  (4pm, UK time)
Long/short-listing long and shortlisting for each specialty will be completed no later than seven days prior to the first interview date for that specialty
Interviews held Monday 2 March - Wednesday 22 April 2020
[It is advised that you check the specific interview date for your prefered specialty/region prior to applying. As available individual interview dates will be published to each  specialty's  page.]
First offers made between close of interviews and  Thursday 23 April 2020  (5pm, UK time)
Offer holding deadline Wednesday 29 April 2020  (1pm, UK time)
Interview feedback released  Thursday 30 April 2020
Offer upgrade deadline Friday 1 May 2020  (4pm, UK time)
Post start date from  Wednesday 5 August 2020  (and no later than 31 December 2020)

In this section you can find the overall timetable for round 2 of the 2020 recruitment year (below).

Dates subject to change

Please note that this timeline is provisional at this stage. Whilst we are not expecting the timeline 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.

2020 round 2 - national application model

Timeline for 2020 ST3 recruitment (round 2)
Job advertisements published (by) Wednesday 15 July 2020 (to www.jobs.nhs.uk )
Applications

open - Tuesday 28 July 2020 (10am UK time)

close - Thursday 13 August 2020 (4pm UK time)

Long/shortlisting

long and short-listing for each specialty will be completed no later than seven days prior to the first interview date for that specialty

Interview period Tuesday 25 August 2020 - Friday 2 October 2020
It is advised that you check the specific interview date for your preferred specialty prior to applying. Individual interview dates will be published to each specialty's page in May/June 2020.
First offers deadline Monday 5 October 2020 (5pm UK time)
Offer holding deadline Wednesday 7 October 2020 (1pm UK time)
Interview feedback released  Thursday 8 October 2020
Offer upgrade deadline Friday 9 October 2020 (4pm UK time)
Post commencing from from Monday 5 October 2020 (and no later than 2 April 2021)