Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic the process for 2021 recruitment has changed, there will be some significant changes to the process compared to previous years. We can confirm that that there will not be an in-person interview process that requires you to attend a physical interview centre. Interviews will be all held online using Microsoft Teams.

Below is the overall timetable for the national recruitment round.

Dates subject to change

Whist we do not expect the timelines published to change, please be aware that this can never be guaranteed. As such, you are advised to check this page periodically.

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.

  

Timeline for 2021 stroke medicine recruitment

  

Provisional vacancies published

(by) Tuesday 10 November 2020

Applications

open – Thursday 12 November 2020 (10am, UK time)
close - Thursday 3 December 2020 (4pm, UK time)

Long/shortlisting

(completed by) Friday 18 December 2020

Invitation to interview

(sent by) Friday 18 December 2020

Interviews held

Wednesday 13 January 2021

Programme preferences open (approximate)

open - Tuesday 12 January 2021
close - Tuesday 19 January 2021

Offers made

the first set of offers are anticipated to be made by Wednesday 20 January 2021 (5pm UK time)

Offer holding deadline

Wednesday 27 January 2021 (1pm, UK time)

Offer upgrade deadline

Friday 29 January 2021 (4pm, UK time)

Interview feedback released

(by) Friday 29 January 2021

Posts commencing from

Wednesday 4 August 2021

Provisional programme numbers

It is the intention that initial programme numbers for all regions will be published prior to the application opening date, although this cannot be guaranteed. Numbers will be updated as and when notifications are received from each region and will be checked later in the round when programme preferences are open for selection.

Please note that stroke medicine programmes in Scotland are recruited via a separate process so are not represented here. There is a separate website for details about vacancies and the process in Scotland.

Vacancies from last year's recruitment can be seen in the data section

Region

Vacancies

East Midlands

1

East of England

3

London & KSS

(KSS)

0-1

(London)

4

North East

0-2

North West

(Mersey)

0-1

(North Western)

0-1

South West

(Peninsula)

1

(Severn)

3

Thames Valley

0-1

Wessex

0-1

West Midlands

0-1

Yorkshire and the Humber

4

Wales

2

 

Who to contact will depend on the nature of the query:

General / application queries

For general queries relating to areas such as eligibility criteria, making an application or the Oriel system, please contact the Physician Specialty Recruitment Office via email: [email protected]

Information about training in a specific region

Queries relating to programme numbers, location of vacancies or the stroke medicine programme in a specific region, should be directed to the relevant region.

Progress of your application

Queries regarding the progress of a submitted application or attending interview should be directed to the lead recruiter. The lead recruiter for stroke medicine in 2021 is Thames Valley.

  

Health Education Thames Valley

  

email address

[email protected] 

website

https://www.hee.nhs.uk/hee-your-area/thames-valley

There is only planned to be one national round of stroke medicine in 2021 which covers England and Wales; please go to the relevant nation to seek information about recruitment to stroke medicine in Northern Ireland and Scotland.

Should there be vacancies unfilled from the national round, or they subsequently arise, each region will decide whether they wish to run their own local round.

The timing for any local recruitment will vary on the region so you are advised to contact the region(s) in which you are interested in working directly. All vacancies will be advertised via Oriel and the NHS recruitment portal used by that nation:


 

Data

This will be the third year of national stroke medicine recruitment, there is data from previous rounds to help guide your application.

Data is available from the 2019 and 2020 recruitment rounds below. This includes:

  • Competition ratios - application numbers submitted alongside the total vacancies.
  • Application scores - average scores, the distribution and, where applicable, information about the minimum score needed to qualify for interview.
  • Total scores – the total score awarded to all candidates who completed the full recruitment process for a specialty (application and interview), including some analysis of scores.
  • Fill rates - the number of vacancies available and number filled by region.