Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions:

Last updated: 12th November 2013

Eligibility

Recruitment Information

North Western Deanery Information

Application Process

Feedback

Taking up your post / Employment Information

Further Information & Sources of Help and Advice

Useful Links

Frequently Asked Questions

Eligibility

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

2014 Person Specifications: Click here to access the 2014 person specifications,

2014 Immigration Status: .Please refer to the Eligibility Criteria page.

2014 Foundation Competences: Please see the Foundation Competence page.

2014 Core Competences: If you are applying at CT2, ST3 or ST4 level, please see here.

2014 Exclusion Policy

If you have previously been removed from any training programme, but you believe that you have exceptional circumstances that would allow you to reapply to that training programme, you will need to provide evidence of the exceptional circumstances.  This can be a letter of support from the Postgraduate Dean (or designated deputy) from the Deanery/LETB from which you were released, a letter of support from your most recent educational/clinical supervisor if you are not currently in a recognised training post and/or evidence of any mitigating circumstances. Your evidence should be submitted to us (click here for contact details) by the closing date for applications.  Emails should be titled Exclusion Policy Evidence.  Any applications from excluded trainees without submitted evidence by the closing date will not be processed through longlisting.

Evidence submitted will be reviewed by the Postgraduate Dean in the coordinating Deanery/LETB, who will make decisions on an individual basis on the applications.

If you are unable to provide documented support for your application, you should discuss this with the Deanery/LETB to which you are applying.  Their decision of whether to accept or decline your application will be final.

  • 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 deaneries. Please refer to the guidance on their websites.

If you want to apply for CT1 Broad Based Training (BBT), you can choose whether to apply for BBT only or General Practice and BBT. See here for more information on CT1 BBT recruitment.

  • How can I demonstrate Foundation Competences?

Please refer to the Foundation Competences page. 

  • I have lived in the UK since 2005. I took the IELTS exam in 2006 and since then I have been working in the NHS. My IELTS score is now out of date. Do I need to re-sit the exam in order to be eligible for specialty training?

No. You do not need to re-take the IELTS test. If your situation is similar to the one described above, you should provide further details of how you meet the proficiency criteria in the relevant box on the application form. You are also advised to ask a supervisor or consultant to provide you with a signed letter on headed paper attesting to your English Language skills. You should bring this letter with you if you are invited to an interview or assessment centre.

Number & Types of Vacancies

 

  • How many posts are there?

Please see here for information on vacancies due to be advertised in the coming months with start dates of August 2014.

For outstanding 2013 vacancies, please see here.

  • How will I know what specialties Health Education North West - North Western is recruiting to in 2014?

Please see here for information on vacancies due to be advertised in the coming months with start dates of August 2014 onwards 

Further information on uncoupled ST3+ level vacancies to be advertised from February 2014 onwards will be added to this page in due course - https://www.nwpgmd.nhs.uk/recruitment_2014

  • What types of posts is Health Education North West - North Western recruiting to in 2014?

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..

Fixed Term Specialty Training Appointment (FTSTA) post: an FTSTA post will give you up to 12 months training in that specialty.

We may also advertise the following types of post:

Locum Appointment for Training (LAT) post: a LAT post will give you a period of training in that specialty.

From time to time, we may also advertise Medical Education Fellows, Medical Leadership Posts, Sub-Specialty Posts, Out of Programme Experiences (OOPE), Post-CCT Fellowships, Hand Fellow Posts, Dual CCT 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. Please visit the Additional Vacancies page to see whether there are any current vacancies.

  • Where are Health Education North West - North Western's posts?

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.

Further information on the Trusts and Hospital Sites involved in training posts by specialty can be accessed in the individual "At A Glance" pages through the maps and sector guides.

 

  • How do I tell whether a post is being recruited to nationally or locally?

This will be made clear from the advert and recruitment information.

  • I will complete my Core Training in August  2014. When are ST3 level vacancies being advertised?

In 2014 recruitment to ST3+ posts will take place from February 2014 onwards. Please see here for initial details.

  • I can't see the post I want to apply for. Does this mean there are no vacancies this year?

Possibly. If you can't see the specialty you want to apply for listed on the 2014 recruitment page, then you should select the specialty you want to apply for from the list on the "Specialties at a Glance" page. The first box on each "At a Glance" page indicates when the next recruitment episode is anticipated.

Please note that Health Education North West - North Western does not have training programmes in Medical Ophthalmology, Tropical Medicine or Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics*.

Additionally we will not be recruiting to any CT2 level posts in Core Surgical Training, Core Medical Training or Anaesthesia in 2013 and we only occasionally have vacancies at CT2/CT3 level in ACCS - Emergency Medicine and Psychiatry.

Round 2

  • Are you holding back any vacancies for the second round or for later in the year?

CT or ST1

 

No. In 2014, in specialties where we do not achieve a 100% fill rate, we may hold a second round of recruitment.

CT or ST2 / CT or ST3 / ST4

 

Yes. In 2014, recruitment to CT or ST2 / CT or ST3 / ST4 posts will take place from February 2014 onwards. Please see here for initial details.

Other

It is also possible that during the year some ad-hoc vacancies, created by resignations, inter-deanery transfers and so on, may arise. If this does happen these posts will also be advertised on our website - check this link regularly for updates.

  • If I have accepted an offer in Round One can I apply in Round Two?

 

Please refer to the Applicant Guide for more information.   

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

The best place to start is this website. In particular you will find that the At a Glance pages provide you with the information you need to know ahead of making an application. Each At a Glance page gives you the anticipated number of vacancies, the recruitment timetable, maps and sector guides as well as programme details which give you an overview of the training programme.

  • Where can I find out about the quality of education of Health Education North West - North Western'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 table here. You can also access Competition Ratio data for the other deaneries and national recruitment by going to the following page on the HEE website:

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

Competition ratios may change over time; in particularly when a specialty moves from being locally recruited to being nationally recruited.

  • When will  recruitment  for posts starting in August  2014 begin?

ACF recruitment opens on 14th October 2013.

Other recruitment begins in November and the closing date for most specialties in round 1 is Thursday 5th December 2013.

Further details can be accessed here.

  • When will round 2, 2014 begin?

From February 2014 onwards. In due course, the 2014 recruitment pages will be updated to provide you with more exact information by specialty.

  • When will I be able to apply for locally recruited posts in Health Education North West - North Western?

The majority of recruitment in 2014 during round 1 is nationally coordinated.

From time to time, we may also recruit to local ad-hoc vacancies. Please check the LAT vacancies page and the Additional vacancies page or NHS Jobs for the latest ad-hoc vacancies. Other local recruitment may occur later in the year.

  • Are you advertising any ST3+ or CT2 level posts later in the year?

Please see our 2014 recruitment page for the most up to date information on potential ST3+/CT2 level vacancies.

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 Intrepid : Pathway online application system for 2014  is located here and will include an Applicant User Guide:

If you are applying via another online recruitment portal, these are also likely to have Applicant User Guides accessible from the recruitment portal home.

  • I am having trouble accessing your At a Glance pages. What should I do?

If you are using an older version of Internet Explorer (Version 6 or older), you may have trouble viewing some of our At a Glance pages. You should be able to resolve this by downloading a newer version of Internet Explorer or you could try accessing our website via a different browser such as Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome.

The Intrepid : Pathway online application system for 2014 is located here:

  • I keep seeing the message "Do you want to view only the webpage content that was delivered securely?" on your recruitment webpages. Why is this happening and is there anything to worry about?

If you are using Internet Explorer to browse our webpages, you may see the message, "Do you want to view only the webpage content that was delivered securely?". This happens due to the security settings present on our website and affects pages which have Google maps or calendars embedded in them. It is safe to click "No" to this question, and indeed clicking "No" to this question is the only way the content will be displayed to you.

If you do not wish to see this message at all, you could try using a different browser e.g. Mozilla Firefox, Chrome or other alternatives.

  • What are the URLs for the Intrepid : Pathway online application systems?

The Intrepid : Pathway online application system for 2014 is located here:

  • How do I apply for a post?

First find out when the post is being advertised. You can do this by visiting the Recruitment 2014 page.

Clicking on the relevant specialty or the words "Apply Here" will take you through to the At a Glance page for that specialty or, in some instance, direct to the online recruitment portal. This gives you the provisional recruitment time line, anticipated number of vacancies, a map of Trusts and hospital sites involved in that training programme, a description of the programme and a link that will take you through to the relevant online application system.

Click on the link that says "Apply Here" or "Register Here" (depending on what stage you access the At A Glance page) and you will be able to log in to or register for that online recruitment portal. You should then follow the application instructions and apply as instructed.

  • I need to declare a criminal conviction / speeding offence / Fitness to Practice 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 Practice. 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.

  • Who should act as my referees?

When applying, you will need to provide details, including up to date email addresses, of three referees who have supervised your clinical training within the past three years. If you are applying to more than one specialty, you may opt to nominate different referees for each specialty. If you have recently had a career break and cannot nominate referees from the past three years, then your referees must include your two most recent supervisors.

In order to cover three years, you may need to list a contact at your Medical School as well as those who have supervised your clinical training if you are still in Foundation Training.

Please make sure you contact your chosen referees at the earliest opportunity to check that they will be happy to support your application, and they will be available to do so within the application timeframe. As a general rule, Health Education North West - North Western's lead employers only request references once an offer has been made and accepted - however there may be exceptions to this.

If you are offered, and accept a training programme, your employer will not be able to issue a contract without references.

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

Health Education North West - North Western 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.

  • Do I need to tell you about my geographical/specialty preferences for CMT when filling in the application form?

No. You don't need to do anything more than indicate you want to apply to Health Education North West - North Western at this stage. We will provide you with a list of all our CMT tracks (showing locations and specialties) either at or shortly before your interview. You will need to rank all the tracks in your order of preference and return the form to us by the date stipulated on the preference form.

We will look at all the preference forms of candidates who accepted CMT CT1 posts with us in rank order and you will be allocated to your highest remaining preference.

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/resources and select"Support for Specific Career Tasks" and select "Preparing for an interview"

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.

  • What should I bear in mind with regards to providing proof of my address?

You may want to consider in advance of the interview period
1. Ensuring your bank account is registered at your current address.
2. Ensuring you are named on utility bills (particularly if you live in rented accommodation).
3. Ensuring you have a copy of your tenancy agreement showing both your name and address.
4. Asking your accommodation officer to provide you with a statement confirming that you live in hospital accommodation on the relevant headed paper.

  • What if I still can't provide two documents proving my address?

If you are having trouble demonstrating your address, perhaps because you live in rented accommodation, you may find it useful to look at the information on the Direct Gov website around applying for a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check (formerly CRB check).

  • Is there going to be a pro-forma for referees?

Yes. Our lead employers will request references on your behalf. You do not need to bring references with you to interview***. Checking of references will form part of the pre-employment checks and as such your referees will only be contacted after you have been made and accepted an offer of a training programme.

Should you wish, you will be able to see a copy of the referees' pro-forma on the specialty training website in due course.

***Unless otherwise stated in a national recruitment process.

  • Where are the interviews going to be held?

Our interviews tend to be held at one of the locations listed if you follow this link. The relevant At a Glance page will indicate the likely venue for that specialty where possible and this will be confirmed to you in your invitation to interview letter.

If a specialty is nationally recruited with centralised interviews, the interviews may be held within that Deanery/LETB rather than Health Education North West - North Western. This should be apparent from the relevant "At a Glance" page and the lead Deanery/LETB or specialty website.

  • How do I claim interview expenses?

Please note that you will need to provide us with original receipts and tickets (not photocopies or scans) when claiming interview expenses.

You can:

A) download and print out an Interview Expense Claim form from our website ahead of your interview, fill it in as directed and attach any receipts to it. You can then hand it in at the Registration Desk and it will be processed in due course.

B) complete the Interview Expense Claim form after your interview and return to the address specified on the form.

If you are applying for a post in Psychiatry, the address is:

Medical HR Team (Lead Employers)
Greater Manchester West NHS Foundation Trust
Trust Headquarters
Bury New Road
Prestwich
Manchester
M25 3BL

If you are applying for a post in any other specialty excluding Psychiatry or GP, the address is:

Lead Employer Team
Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust
Room 024, Ground Floor
Trust Headquarters
North Manchester General Hospital
Delaunays Road
Crumpsall
Manchester
M8 5RB

  • How long will it take for my interview expenses to be paid?

If you are unsuccessful at interview, you will normally receive your interview expenses within 6-8 weeks. If you are successful at interview, you will normally receive your interview expenses with your first pay cheque.

Please note that if you are made an offer of a post and decline or subsequently withdraw from that offer, you will not be reimbursed for your interview expenses except in exceptional circumstances (see the guidance notes on the interview expense claim form for more details).

Hospital Specialties - Please note that the Pennine Acute Hospitals Trust, our lead employer and recruiter for acute hospital specialties, pay all their interview expenses by bank transfer. This means that you must include your bank details (sort code/account number) when completing their interview expense claim form. It also means that you will need to check your bank account to confirm your interview expenses have been reimbursed. You will not receive a cheque.

 

Offers

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

In most cases, we will start making offers within 24 hours of that set of interviews finishing (excluding weekends and public holidays). Then depending on how many applicants accept our posts we will carry on making offers until all our posts are filled or until there are no more appointable candidates.

There may be specific "offer days" for some nationally recruited specialties so please check the relevant  Deanery/LETB website.

All initial offers for specialties (mostly at CT/ST1 level) advertising in November/December 2013 are due to be made by no later than 5th  March 2014.

All initial offers for specialties (mostly at ST3+ level) advertising in February/March 2014 are due to be made by no later than 16th May 2014.

Please note that all offers will be made via the UK Offers System in 2014.  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. 

Further information about the UK Offers System is available from the Specialty Recruitment website at the following link: http://specialtytraining.hee.nhs.uk/recruitment-stages/stage-3-interviews-and-offers/

  • How long will I have to accept my offer?

All offers will be made via the UK Offers System in 2014). 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. 

  • Can I hold my offer?

Accepting, holding and rejecting Round 1 offers

The system of coordinated offers in Round 1 is as follows. Applicants will need to make a decision on a Round 1 offer within 48 hours of receiving one. Applicants can hold a Round 1 offer from any specialty while waiting for other offers in Round 1. All Round 1 first offers will be issued by 5th March 2014 and you will be able to hold a Round 1 offer until 12th March 2014.

If a Round 1 offer is made to you, you will have 48 hours, including weekend and bank holidays, in which to decide whether to accept, hold or reject the Round 1 offer. After 48 hours have passed the Round 1 offer will be deemed to have been rejected, if you do not respond.

You can hold a Round 1 offer, while waiting for a preferred offer, but you may only hold one offer at a time. You can hold a Round 1 offer up until 5pm on 12th March 2014, by which time you will need to make a decision or the offer will be deemed to have been rejected.

After 12th March 2014, you can only accept or reject offers.

Accepting Round 2 offers

For offers made in Round 2, you will have a minimum of 48 hours to accept or reject an offer. All initial offers will be made by 16th May 2014, with upgrading options ceasing on 23rd May 2014). After the agreed deadline, the offer will expire and will be deemed to have been rejected. If you are sure that a particular offer is the best for you, you should accept it as soon as possible and reject any others.

Our lead employers do need an answer to any training offer as soon as possible so that any post you reject can be offered to other applicants deemed eligible for appointment at interview.

  • What's the offers process this year?

Please note that all offers will be made via the UK Offers System in 2013. 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. 

Further information about the UK Offers System is available from the Specialty Recruitment website at the following link.  

  • I am having trouble accessing my UK Offers account. What shall I do?

If you have had a problem with the activation email from UK Offers please follow this process:

  1. You must use the email address you entered in your application
  2. In your email client add the address DoNotReply@ukoffers.org.uk to your contacts list and/or "white list" which should stop your SPAM filter flagging the email as SPAM.
  3. Go to the UK Offers login page https://www.ukoffers.org.uk/Login.aspx and use the test email link - "If you are not receiving expected emails from our server, try sending yourself a test message."
  4. Check if this message was delivered to your email client.
  5. On the UK Offers login page use the reset password function - "If you have forgotten your password, you can reset it here."
  6. On the page that loads enter the email address you used in your application then click the "Reset Password" button. This will send an email to your address with a link to reset your password.

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 - North Western 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, which should be available in due course.

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.

For local recruitment or when the lead Deanery/LETB or College ask you to contact the local Deanery/LETB, you should email the relevant helpdesk stating your full name, GMC number as well as the specialty and level you applied to and you should receive an acknowledgement of your request within a few working days.

  • Where can I find out Health Education North West - North Western's fill rate?

Information on Health Education North West - North Western’s fill rate can be accessed via the following link: http://www.nwpgmd.nhs.uk/Fill_Rate

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.  Please also note the below changes to the DBS check process.

  • Updated Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly CRB) Checks Policy for Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust (Lead employer for Hospital Specialties excluding Psychiatry)

Please note that if you apply for a training post where the opening date for applications is on or after Sunday 1st April 2012, you will be expected to pay a non refundable charge for the cost of the DBS Enhanced Disclosure, should your application be successful.  This is currently £44.

Please see the Disclosure and Barring Service  Briefing Note on Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust's website for further information.

 

Allocations:

  • Some specialties will ask you to state a preference regarding which sector you wish to be placed in at the time of application.
  • 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. This means that it is unlikely that you will hear about where you have been allocated to until mid-April at the very earliest. In many cases you may not hear until later. Formal notification about where you have been allocated will come from the relevant Lead Employer.
  • Who will be my new employer?

From April 2008, our lead employing organisation the Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust have coordinated recruitment to hospital specialty training on behalf of Health Education North West - North Western. If you are successful in being appointed to a training post then you will be employed by the Pennine Acute Hospitals Trust regardless of where you are allocated.

From April 2008, our lead employing organisation, Greater Manchester West Foundation NHS Trust have coordinated recruitment to psychiatry on behalf of Health Education North West - North Western. If you are successful in being appointed to a training post then you will be employed by the Greater Manchester West Foundation Trust regardless of where you are allocated.

With effect 1st April 2013, if you are successful in being appointed to a GP, then you will be employed by Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust regardless of where you are allocated within Health Education North West - North Western.

  • 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?

Psychiatry Trainees employed by Greater Manchester West Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust

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

If you have any particular queries in relation to your employment which are not answered by the information provided, please contact the relevant helpdesk:

Psychiatry: Psychhelpdesk@gmw.nhs.uk

All other hospital specialties (and GP from 1st April 2013): PATH-LEO.Helpdesk@pat.nhs.uk

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 (lead employer for Acute Hospital Specialties) can be contacted via: 0161 720 2727

Occupational Health for Greater Manchester West Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust (lead employer for Psychiatry Specialties) can be contacted via: 0161 831 9701



Useful links

National Recruitment Websites

CT1 ACCS - Anaesthesia

CT1 ACCS - Emergency Medicine

CT1 ACCS - Acute Medicine

CT1 Anaesthesia

CT1 Core Medical Training

CT1 Core Psychiatry Training

CT1 Core Surgical Training

ST1 General Practice

ST1 Histopathology

Paediatrics (all levels)

ST1 Public Health

ST1 Obstetrics & Gynaecology

ST1 Radiology

Intrepid : Pathway link

Careers

http://www.nwpgmd.nhs.uk/careers/index.htm

http://www.medicalcareers.nhs.uk/

Home Office

http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/

Modernising Medical Careers (MMC)

MMC Home Page
and from there you can access 2013 person specifications and 2013 applicant guidance etc.

Gold Guide

The Gold Guide is available here.

GMC

http://www.gmc-uk.org/

Please note that from 1st April 2010 PMETB was incorporated into the GMC.

Other Deaneries

http://specialtytraining.hee.nhs.uk//default.aspx?page=284

Royal Colleges

The Royal College of Anaesthetists

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 Information

NIHRTCC

Trusts in the North Western Deanery included in hospital training programme rotations

Stockport NHS Foundation Trust

Tameside Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Calderstones Partnerhship NHS Foundation Trust

Cheshire & Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (Macclesfield only)

Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

The Christie Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

University Hospital of South Manchester NHS Trust (Wythenshawe)

Wigan, Wrightington & Leigh NHS Trust

Royal Bolton Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust (Hope Hospital)

Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust (Oldham/Rochdale/North Manchester/Fairfield)

Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (including Trafford General Hospital)

Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (Preston/Chorley)

East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust (Blackburn/Burnley)

Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust

Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Trust (Barrow-in-Furness/Lancaster)

Lead Employer Contact Details

For Psychiatry - Greater Manchester West Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust

Tel: 0161 773 9121 and ask to speak to someone in the Medical HR Team.

Email: psychhelpdesk@gmw.nhs.uk

For All Other Hospital Specialties (and GP from 1st April 2013) - Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust -

Tel: 0161 604 5554

Email: LeadEmployer@pat.nhs.uk