Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions:

Last updated: 29th October 2015

Scroll down to see the answers to the questions below:

Eligibility

  • How will I know if I am eligible to apply?
  • Can I apply to more than one specialty?

Recruitment Information

  • How many posts are there?
  • What types of posts is Health Education North West recruiting to in 2015?
  • Where are Health Education North West’s posts?

Health Education North West Information

  • Where can I find out more about training programmes in Health Education North West?
  • Where can I find out about the quality of education of Health Education North West - North West's training programmes?
  • What are the competition ratios like for CT1/ST1 posts?
  • Where can I find out more about the geography and location of Health Education North West?
  • What information can I expect to receive at each stage in the recruitment process (in line with the Code of Practice for the Provision of Recruitment Information)?
  • Where can I find out further information about NHS medical careers?
  • What are the competition ratios like for CT1/ST1 posts?

Application Process

  • What if I miss the deadline?
  • Where can I look for technical tips?
  • I need to declare a criminal conviction / speeding offence / Fitness to Practice Investigation. How do I do this?
  • Who is eligible for the Guaranteed Interview Scheme (GIS)?
  • I do not check my e-mail account very often. Will this be a problem?
  • How should I prepare for my assessment centre or interview?
  • What do I need to bring to interview?
  • What should I bear in mind with regards to proving my identity?
  • Where are the interviews going to be held?
  • How soon after interviews will I hear whether I will be made an offer?
  • How long will I have to accept my offer?
  • I've accepted a post but now I've decided I don't want the post. What can I do?

Feedback

  • How can I obtain feedback?

Taking up your post / Employment Information

What happens when I have accepted an offer?

    • Pre-Employment Checks
    • Allocations
  • Who will be my new employer?
  • When will I receive details of my first post allocation?
  • What's the process for claiming removal expenses?
  • Where can I find out more about employment policies?

Further Information & Sources of Help and Advice

  • How can I get careers advice? 
    • Current doctors in training
    • Doctors in service posts
    • Doctors from outside the UK or not in current employment
  • What if I need more help & where can I access confidential advice?

Useful Links

  • Useful Links

Frequently Asked Questions

Eligibility

  • How will I know if I am eligible to apply?

Please review the relevant person specification. You may also find some of the following links useful:

 

  • Can I apply to more than one specialty?

You may make as many applications as you wish. Some nationally recruited specialties will have specific restrictions, e.g. that you are unable to apply to more than one level or that you can only be considered in 1 or 2 LETBs. Please refer to the guidance on their websites.

Number & Types of Vacancies

 

  • How many posts are there?

Please see click on the link to the right for information on anticipated vacancies due to be advertised in the coming months with start dates from February 2016 in Health Education North West (Mersey and North Western). Please note post numbers may change throughout the recruitment process.

Posts advertised in round (November – December 2015) are mainly at CT/ST1 level, and higher levels in some run through specialties.

Posts advertised in round 2 (February – March 2016) are mainly at ST3/4 level.

Further information on the different rounds can be found in the Applicant Handbook available from http://specialtytraining.hee.nhs.uk/specialty-recruitment/applicant-handbook/.

  • What types of posts is Health Education North West recruiting to in 2016?

Dependent on level and specialty, we have the following types of post available. We have also indicated the anticipated outcome of these posts:

Academic Clinical Fellowships (ACFs): a training post that is divided between clinical (75% of time) and academic (25% of time) training. ACFs offer a route into a coupled training programme in specialties that may normally be uncoupled.

Core Training (CT) post: a training post which will lead to completion of core training in that specialty.

Specialty Training (ST) post: a specialty training post will lead to Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT) or a Certificate of Eligibility for Specialist Registration - Combined Programme (CESR (CP)) .The certificate awarded will depend on the previous experience of the trainee appointed - please see here for more information.

There is not anticipated to be any Locum Appointment for Training (LAT) recruitment in England in 2016.

From time to time, we may also advertise Medical Education Fellows, Medical Leadership Posts, Sub-Specialty PostsOut of Programme Experiences (OOPE), Post-CCT Fellowships, Hand Fellow Posts and others. The information provided with at the time of advert will help you determine whether you are eligible to apply for one of these posts.

 

  • Where are Health Education North West’s posts?

Health Education North West -Mersey region stretches from Southport through Liverpool and St. Helens, across to the Wirral and to Warrington and Runcorn in North Cheshire, down to Chester, Crewe and Macclesfield in South Cheshire.

Health Education North West - North Western has posts in hospitals and other sites from Stockport (and occasionally Macclesfield) in the South to Barrow-in-Furness in the North.

Visit our Location Guide pages for more information.

  • Where can I find out more about training programmes in Health Education North West?

The best place to start is this website, in particular the Specialty Schools section of the website here: https://www.nwpgmd.nhs.uk/Specialty_Schools.

  • Where can I find out about the quality of education of Health Education North West’s training programmes?

You may find it useful to look at the GMC Trainee Survey tool.   

  • What information can I expect to receive at each stage in the recruitment process (in line with the Code of Practice for the Provision of Recruitment Information)?

The Code of Practice for the Provision of Recruitment Information can be accessed via this link. This document describes the information you can expect to receive at each stage of the recruitment and appointment process.

  • Where can I find out further information about NHS medical careers?

General information on NHS medical careers by specialty can be found at the following link: http://www.medicalcareers.nhs.uk/specialty_pages.aspx.

  • What are the competition ratios like for CT1/ST1 posts?

Please see the Competition Ratio data for national recruitment by going to the following page on the HEE website:

http://specialtytraining.hee.nhs.uk/specialty-recruitment/competition-ratios/

Applying & Completing the Application Form

  • What if I miss the deadline?

You will be unable to submit your application form(s) after the deadline has passed. If you return to an unsubmitted application form after the deadline has passed, you will not be able to edit or submit the form.

Please make sure that you are aware when the closing date and time is and ensure that you are able to submit the application in plenty of time before the deadline - it may well take you longer than you anticipate to complete the application form(s) to the best of your ability so do give yourself plenty of time.

  • Where can I look for technical tips?

The Oriel online application system for 2016 has a guide for users, which you can access via the Resource Bank: https://www.oriel.nhs.uk/Web/ResourceBank.

 

  • I need to declare a criminal conviction / speeding offence / Fitness to Practise Investigation. How do I do this?

There is a section on the first part of the application form that asks questions relating to your Fitness to Practise. This section consists of a series of 10 questions and you must respond either "Yes" or "No" to all of them.

If you have to answer "Yes" to any of the questions, you will need to provide us with further details. You should see the name and address of the person to contact either directly below or directly above the section on the application form you have just filled in.

Please note you do not need to declare fines that relate to parking offences.

There is a complete list of contact details for Fitness to Practise queries and declarations in the Applicant Handbook (Annex E) available from http://specialtytraining.hee.nhs.uk/specialty-recruitment/applicant-handbook/.

 

  • Who is eligible for the Guaranteed Interview Scheme (GIS)?

Health Education North West and its lead employers are committed to ensuring equal opportunities and we actively encourage applications from people with disabilities. If you have a disability then you can indicate on your application form that you wish to be considered under the Guaranteed Interview Scheme. This means that if you meet the minimum qualifying criteria for the post you have applied for at the application and selection testing stages of the recruitment process then you will automatically be invited to interview.

Please note that if you specify that you wish to be considered under the Guaranteed Interview Scheme but do not indicate that you have a disability then we will not consider you under the Guaranteed Interview Scheme.

Interviews & Invitations

  • I do not check my e-mail account very often. Will this be a problem?

Please note that the majority of correspondence with the Deanery/LETB and our lead employers will be via e-mail. You will need to make sure that you check your e-mail address regularly for updates.

We may subsequently contact you by phone and/or text message but the initial contact will be via e-mail.

 

  • How should I prepare for my assessment centre or interview?

Practical tips on preparing yourself and your portfolio for an assessment centre can be found in the Careers section of this website. Please go to https://www.nwpgmd.nhs.uk/careers_advice/advice_and_guidance.

You may also be able to access specialty-specific information via the lead Deanery/LETB or college for the specialty you are applying to. Please see http://specialtytraining.hee.nhs.uk/contacts/local-education-and-training-boards/ for a list of Deanery/LETB contact details.

  • What do I need to bring to interview?

Please click here. If you are invited to interview you will be sent an e-mail containing the relevant information.

Please note you will be required to provide both proof of identity and proof of address at interview.

  • What should I bear in mind with regards to proving my identity?

If you are likely to need to submit your passport to the Home Office or other government department during the interview period, please

1. Ensure that you take photocopies of the relevant pages (photo page and any resident permit/visa stamps relating to your current stay in the UK) before sending it off. (On the same note, if you are required to send off your evidence of qualifications, please also take copies of them.)
2. Consider taking your passport to your medical staffing department and asking them to take a photocopy of the relevant pages and then signing a statement on headed paper confirming that they have seen sight of your passport

  • Where are the interviews going to be held?

Where possible, we will provide the interview date(s) and venue via our Recruitment 2016 page. There will also be further information available via the lead recruiters’ websites.

 

Offers

  • How soon after interviews will I hear whether I will be made an offer?

This will depend on the specialty in question. There may be specific "offer days" for some nationally recruited specialties so please check the relevant  Deanery/LETB website.

Please note that all offers will be made via Oriel in 2016.  You will receive an email alerting you to the fact an offer has been made and you must log in to your account to accept, decline or hold your offer within 48 hours. 

  • How long will I have to accept my offer?

All offers will be made via Oriel in 2016. You will receive an email alerting you to the fact an offer has been made and you must log in to your account to accept or decline your offer within 48 hours. In some instances, you may also be given the opportunity to hold your offer until a certain date.

Acceptances

  • I've accepted a post but now I've decided I don't want the post. What can I do?

Health Education North West and its lead employers follow the guidance as laid out in the Specialty Recruitment Applicant Guide  so please refer to it for options. You will be able to access the Applicant Guide by going to the Specialty Recruitment website and clicking on the Applicant Guide link.

Feedback

  • How can I obtain feedback?

In the first instance, please check your on-line recruitment account as this may provide you with information on your application status, shortlisting score, interview score and overall rank.

In the event such information is not available or you require further information, you have the right to request feedback from the Deanery/LETB, regardless of whether your application is successful or unsuccessful.  Information about where to send your request for feedback will be available on the lead Deanery/LETB or lead College recruitment website. Your written or emailed request should state your full name, GMC number, specialty and level applied for.

Taking up your post

  • What happens when I have accepted an offer?

Pre-employment checks:

You will be sent a letter or e-mail and new starter pack containing documents that will get the pre-employment check process underway. It is in your interests to complete and return these forms as soon as possible in order to ensure that you are able to take up your post on time and to ensure that you get paid on time.

You should be aware that you will not be able to take up your post until all checks are complete. It can take between 6-8 weeks for a DBS (formerly CRB) check to go through so it is very important you respond promptly to all requests from your new employer

 

Allocations:

  • Some specialties will ask you to state a preference regarding which sector you wish to be placed in at the time of application.
  • Some specialties will ask you to preference posts after you have applied.
  • Others may have asked you to complete a preference form when you attended interview. Please make sure that you return this form to the Deanery/LETB as instructed on the preference sheet within the timescale printed on the document.
  • Some specialties may email you a preference form to be completed once you have accepted a post. Again please fill this in as promptly as you can and return within the timescale as instructed.
  • Allocations to first rotations/tracks may not be made until all acceptances have been received & training committees have met to decide the allocations. Formal notification about where you have been allocated will come from the relevant Lead Employer.
  • Who will be my new employer?

If you are offered a post in the Health Education North West – Mersey area then your lead employer will generally be the St. Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust.

If you are offered a post in the Health Education North West – North Western area then your lead employer will generally be the Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust.

  • When will I receive details of my first post allocation?

Your Lead Employer will contact you approximately 8 weeks prior to your starting date with formal details of your first placement. Allocation details cannot be obtained prior to this from either the Lead Employer or the Deanery/LETB.

  • What's the process for claiming removal expenses?

Please follow the links on the Lead Employer pages for further details.

  • Where can I find out more about employment policies?

Please follow the links on the Lead Employer pages for further details.

Further Information & Sources of Help and Advice

  • How can I get careers advice?

There are a number of different ways for applicants to receive support at the application or interview stage:

Current doctors in training can 
(a) contact their Educational Supervisor
(b) contact their Trust Careers Lead
(c) contact the Trust Director of Medical Education 
(d) contact the Deanery/LETB careers support team. Please click here for details

Doctors in service posts in the UK can
(a) contact their Clinical Supervisor
(b) contact the Trust Director of Medical Education
(c) contact the Deanery/LETB careers support team or Deanery/LETB SAS Careers Lead. Please click here for details

Doctors from outside the UK or not in current medical employment who are considering applying for specialty training should contact the Deanery/LETB they are applying to, and/or the relevant Royal College for advice.

  • What if I need more help and where can I access confidential advice?

There are several sources of support. You may wish to look at the following service in the first instance:

BMA Counselling and Doctors 4 Doctors

This is a national service that operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and offers doctors an opportunity either to talk in confidence over the telephone to a trained counsellor or be given details of a doctor advisor to call directly.

The service works with doctors to help them gain insight into their problems, supporting and helping them to move on by adopting a holistic approach to their situation.

When appropriate, the service can provide details of other more appropriate organisations.

Phone: 0845 9200 169
Email: info.d4d@bma.org.uk 
Website: www.bma.org.uk/doctorsfordoctors

Alternatively you may find it useful to access your local Occupational Health Service for support.

Occupational Health for Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust can be contacted via: 0161 720 2727

Details for Occupational Health for St. Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust can be acquired by emailing Lead.Employer@sthk.nhs.uk.

 

 

Useful links

National Recruitment Leads

Oriel link

Careers

UK Visas and Immigration

Health Education England Specialty Training website

 

Gold Guide

GMC

 

Other LETBs in England and Deaneries in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales

Royal Colleges

The Royal College of Anaesthetists

The Royal College of Emergency Medicine

The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists

The Royal College of Ophthalmologists

The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health

The Royal College of Pathologists

The Royal College of Physicians in Edinburgh

The Royal College of Physicians in London

The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow

The Royal College of Psychiatrists

The Royal College of Radiologists

The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh

The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland

The Royal College of Surgeons of England

The Royal Society of Medicine

Academy of Medical Royal Colleges

Academy of Medical Sciences

Faculty of Occupational Medicine (of the Royal College of Physicians)

Faculty of Pharmaceutical Medicine (of the Royal Colleges of Physicians of the United
Kingdom)

Faculty of Public Health

Academic Clinical Fellowship Information

Lead Employer Contact Details

Mersey - St. Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Website: http://www.sthk.nhs.uk/workwithus/lead-employer-service

Email: Lead.Employer@sthk.nhs.uk.

North Western - Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust

Website: http://www.pat.nhs.uk/education-and-research/lead-employer.htm

Tel: 0161 604 5554

Email: LeadEmployer@pat.nhs.uk