Applications for ST3 and ST4 posts

Considering applying to paediatrics? This page contains information about applying for ST3 and ST4 posts, including the application process, person specifications and guidance.

ST3 and ST4 Selection 2017

Applications for ST3 and ST4 will open on 1 February 2017 and will close at 4pm on 22 February 2017.

The recruitment round will include posts for England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales at ST3 and ST4 level.

Details and updated guidance will be posted here from late December 2016.

Doctor in white coat and young girl patient

The following information is for the 2016 round for ST3 and ST4 posts

Applications are now closed for the 2016 round.

Please keep checking these pages for details of the 2017 round, which will be posted here in due course.

All guidance below is for the 2016 round and will be updated, as appropriate.

The ST3 and ST4 recruitment round includes posts for England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

If you would like to see the 2016 advert, it can be viewed here: ST3 and ST4 advert 2016 (PDF, 300KB)

Not what you were looking for? About ST1 and ST2 recruitment

On this page:

  1. Competition ratios
  2. Application process
  3. The Oriel application system
  4. Post numbers and interview dates
  5. Person specifications
  6. Application form
  7. Paediatric competences
  8. Guidance for applicants
  9. Shortlisting and interviews
  10. Deferred entry
  11. Information for overseas nationals
  12. Contact us

1. Competition ratios

ST3 competition ratios 2015 (PDF, 206 KB)

ST4 competition ratios 2015 (PDF, 240 KB)

RCPCH strongly advises that you consider competition ratios for information only. As you will see they change annually and so we would always recommend making an application based on where you genuinely wish to work.
 

2. Application process

The selection process for paediatric ST3 and ST4 posts will be delivered via a single-centre model. Accordingly applicants will make an application to “Paediatrics” for either ST3 or ST4 in the first instance via the Oriel application system. Applicants will then be given the opportunity to indicate deanery/LETB post preferences which will be used in conjunction with interview rank in order to make offers.

Longlisting

Once applications close, applicants are progressed to the longlisting stage to assess their eligibility against a range criteria outlined in the person specification. These include right to work in the UK, previous specialty experience and GMC/Fitness to Practise status. If you are found not to be eligible, your application will not progress any further and you will be notified of this via Oriel.

Shortlisting/Invite to interviews

Wherever possible all eligible applicants at ST3 and ST4 will be offered an interview. In the event that the number of eligible applications extends beyond the maximum interviewing capacity, the RCPCH will undertake a competitive shortlisting process, in accordance with the guidelines outlined in the shortlisting framework. In this event, those applicants ranking below the cut off for interview will not progress any further within this round of recruitment and will not be invited to attend an interview.

The interviews will be held at the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) on the 4 and 5 May 2016. If you are unable to attend your interview on one of these dates, we will be unable to progress your application.

Following interview

All appointable applicants will be ranked in accordance with their interview score. Offers will be made in accordance with ranking and individual applicant submitted post preferences. Applicants will not be offered a post that they did not submit on their preference list. There is no clearing round for ST3 or ST4 as applicants are given the opporunity to preference as many or all of the preferences if they wish to.
 

3. The Oriel Application System

The process for making offers for specialty training posts co-ordinates all first offers across all specialties so that applicants can accept, reject or hold an offer.

Accessing the Oriel Application System

All specialties/deaneries/LETB's will use the Oriel Application System to coordinate the process for selection to all specialty training programmes from application all the way through to offers. If you wish to apply for a paediatric specialty training post you will need to register on the Oriel application system before you can submit an application. The RCPCH advises that you register on Oriel well in advance of the application window opening.

Selecting preferences

When you apply to ST3 or ST4 paediatrics, you will submit your application without indicating deanery/LETB preferences. The post preferencing window will be available to applicants closer to the interview date. ST3 and ST4 recruitment uses a 'single centre recruitment model' which provides applicants with the opportunity to preference as many or as few preferences as they wish to across all available posts in the UK. Applicants are reminded that they will not be offered a post that they do not submit as a preference and there is no clearing round for either ST3 or ST4. 

You will have the facility, via your applicant dashboard on Oriel, to view the preferences that are available for the ST level to which you apply. Full instructions on how to select and submit preferences will be available on the preference page and in the Oriel Applicant User Guide.

Your preferences along with your interview rank are used to determine which offer, if any, you receive. If you are deemed appointable after interview, then you may be made an offer. The higher you are ranked at interview, the more likely you are to be offered one of your higher preferences, although all offers are subject to eligibility and post availability.

If you are not prepared to accept an offer of training in a certain deanery/LETB, then you should not choose this as one of your preferences.

By ranking a preference (deanery/LETB or specific programmes within a deanery/LETB), you are stating that you would be prepared to undertake a training programme in that area, if none of your other preferences are available to you. It is important that you think carefully about this choice when applying for posts. Interview panels will not have access to your preferences.

Please read the programme descriptions carefully, paying close attention to the deanery/LETB in which the post is actually located.

Receiving an offer on the Oriel Application System

If you receive an offer through Oriel, you will be able to accept, reject or hold the offer until a set date. This date will be clearly identified if you receive an offer. You will have 48 hours from the time your offer is made, excluding weekends but not bank holidays, to decide whether to accept, reject or hold it. By responding, you accept certain conditions.

If you do not respond to your offer within 48 hours, we will interpret this as meaning you have rejected the offer and it will be offered to another applicant.

If you intend to reject an offer, please do so as soon as possible as this will allow the offer to be made to another applicant. If you were not offered a post in the initial release of offers, this does not mean you will not be offered one later on, as offers are recycled if other applicants reject them.

Further information on how to respond to offers is available in the applicant guidance.
 

4. Post numbers and interview dates

Indicative 2016 post numbers (MS Word, 207 KB) - please note these are indicative and subject to change; RCPCH will update these numbers at regular times during the application period.

Interviews will be held on 4 and 5 May 2016 at the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP), 30 Euston Square, London, NW1 2FB
 

5. Person specifications

Before applying to an ST post you are advised to ensure you meet the the requirements outlined in the appropriate person specification.

ST3 Person specification 2016 (PDF, 356 KB)

ST4 Person specification 2016 (PDF, 348 KB)

 

6. Application form and guidance

You must complete your paediatric specialty application online via Oriel

Oriel Applicant User Guide 2016 (PDF, 1045 KB) - more about how to complete the application

Other Oriel guidance documents can be found in the resource bank on Oriel.

 

7. Paediatric competences

It is a requirement that applicants hold the appropriate level of paediatric competences for the level to which they are applying.There are different essential requirements for those wishing to enter at ST3 and those wishing to enter at ST4.

ST3 paediatric competences

In order to be eligible for an ST3 post, you will need to be able to demonstrate all criteria listed on the ST3 person specification, including:

  • minimum of 24 months post-graduate, post-Foundation school (or equivalent) experience in paediatrics
  • success in any two out of the three MRCPCH examination papers by the point of application
  • achieved competences equivalent to those stated in the ST1 and ST2 Paediatric Curriculum by the intended start date of the post.

For ST3, there are three ways you can demonstrate that you possess ST1 and ST2 paediatric competences:

  • A. Currently a UK paediatric trainee: You are currently in a UK approved paediatric training programme (NTN holder) and are on track to obtain a satisfactory ARCP outcome for your ST2 post. You will be required to submit your most recent ARCP evidence at the point of application (via Oriel) and at interview (paper copy). You will also be required to provide evidence of completion of ST2 prior to commencing an ST3 post.
     
  • B. Already completed UK paediatric training at ST1 and ST2: You have already completed ST2 and ST2 in a UK approved paediatric training programme, within 36 months of the intended start date of the post, and have evidence of a satisfactory ARCP outcome. You will be required to submit ARCP evidence at the point of application (via Oriel) and at interview (paper copy).
  • C. Anybody who is not in either A or B above: If you are unable to fulfil A or B as outlined above you will be required to demonstrate that your experience to date has enabled you to successfully complete competences equivalent to those of a trainee in a UK approved paediatric training programme for ST1 and ST2. You will need to submit evidence with your application (via Oriel) and at interview (paper copy) to support this. Further information on how to demonstrate competences for ST3 can be found in the guidance for applicants.

This evidence should usually be in the format of a letter obtained from a Consultant that clearly states that your training to date has been equivalent to that of ST1 and ST2 UK paediatric training programme, in accordance with the Level 1 Paediatric Curriculum. The Consultant will have supervised you cliically for a minimum of three months (whole time equivalent) within the previous three years. In addition, you may also wish to include satisfactory trainer reports, supervisory reports or other such documentation to support this.

ST4 paediatric competences

In order to be eligible for an ST4 post, you will need to be able to demonstrate all criteria listed on the ST4 person specification, including:

  • minimum of 24 months post-graduate, post-Foundation school (or equivalent) experience in paediatrics
  • success MRCPCH (by examination) by the point of application
  • achieved competences equivalent to those stated in the Level 1 Paediatric Curriculum by the point of application.

For ST4, there are three ways you can demonstrate that you possess Level 1 (ST1, ST2 & ST3) paediatric competences:

  • A. Currently a UK paediatric trainee: You are currently in a UK approved paediatric training programme (NTN holder) and are on track to obtain a satisfactory ARCP outcome for your ST3 post. You will be required to submit your most recent ARCP evidence at the point of application (via Oriel) and at interview (paper copy). You will also be required to provide evidence of completion of Level 1 prior to commencing an ST4 post.
     
  • B. Already completed UK paediatric training at Level 1 (ST1, ST2 & ST3): You have already completed Level 1 in a UK approved paediatric training programme, within 36 months of the intended start date of the post, and have evidence of a satisfactory ARCP outcome. You will be required to submit ARCP evidence at the point of application (via Oriel) and at interview (paper copy).  
     
  • C. Anybody who is not in either A or B above: If you are unable to fulful A or B as outlined above you will be required to demonstrate that your experience to date has enabled you to successfully complete competences equivalent to those of a trainee in a UK approved paediatric training programme for Level 1. You will need to submit evidence with your application (via Oriel) and at interview (paper copy) to support this. You will be required to submit a fully completed Certificate of Completion of Paediatric Level 1 Competency 2016 (Word, 61.4KB). No other form of evidence will be considered.

Please note: If you are not currently in a UK approved paediatric training programme you will be required to provide evidence of achievement of Level 1 competences at the time of application. Failure to do so will result in your application being rejected.

Further information on how to demonstrate competences for ST4 can be found in the guidance for applicants.
 

8. Guidance for applicants

We recommend that you read the following guidance documents, which have been designed to assist you throughout the selection process from application through interview and offers.

ST3 and ST4 Applicant Guidance 2016 (PDF, 441 KB)

HEE Applicant Handbook 2016 (PDF, 663 KB)

Oriel Applicant User Guide 2016 (PDF, 913 KB)

Additional documentation required at time of application

  • Re-entry into training: All applicants who have previously been removed or resigned from the specialty training programme that are applying to re-enter must submit (on Oriel) at the point of application, a completed and appropriately signed Support for reapplication (re-entry) form (MS Word, 76KB). Any applicants who require this form but fail to submit with their application will be longlisted out of the process. This document is an eligibility requirement that must be adhered to.
     
  • Re-application to paediatric training in a different region: All applicants who are currently training in paediatrics (NTN holders) but wish to reapply to paediatric training programmes with the intention of changing deanery/LETB must complete the Support for reapplication to same specialty (NTN holders) form (MS Word,75KB). Any applicants who require this form but fail to submit with their application will be longlisted out of the process. This document is an eligibility requirement that must be adhered to.
     

9. Shortlisting and interviews

ST3 and ST4 shortlisting framework 2016 (PDF, 803 KB)

ST3 and ST4 interview framework 2016 (PDF, 298 KB)

Preparing your portfolio for interview

The specific list of documents we require from your portfolio can be found in the Interview Framework relevant to your level of application. If you do not have a portfolio you may find the below documents useful when collating the evidence needed for that section of the interview. In addition you are advised to look at the assessment pages to get more information about these assessments.

Case-Based Discussion (CBD)

Clinical Experience Evaluation Exercise (Mini-CEX)

Directly Observed Procedural Skills (DOPS

Please note: These guides are subject to change. You are advised to check you are using the most recent version.
 

10. Deferred entry

In accordance with the Gold Guide (sixth edition), deferred entry may only be considered for statutory reasons (e.g. maternity, ill health).

If you are unsure whether you qualify for deferred entry please email the Specialty Recruitment Office on paediatric.jobs@rcpch.ac.uk.
 

11. Information for overseas nationals

Anyone wishing to work in the UK must have the sufficient immigration status to do so. Information relating to immigration issues surrounding those applying to specialty training can be found on the HEE specialty training website. RCPCH staff members are not regulated to provide immigration advice and so are prohibited from doing so. If you are unsure as to what your immigration status is or whether your immigration status deems you eligible to apply for a post, please contact UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) or the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner (OISC).

If you are subject to immigration control (including limited leave to remain), you will be required to provide evidence of your immigration status (biometric residence card, date stamped passport and/or identity card). All of these documents need to be dated as at or prior to the application closing date 9 March 2016. You should be aware that failure to meet the required standards, or provide sufficient information on your application form may result in your application being delayed or rejected.

Please note: it is the applicant’s responsibility to inform us of any changes to their immigration status during the process.

Applicants who are non-UK/EEA nationals with restrictions or who currently have no right to work in the UK may require a Certificate of Sponsorshop (CoS) or Restricted Certificate of Sponsorship (RCoS) and may be subject to the Resident Labour Market Test (RLMT) in order to take up a post. The RLMT stipualtes that a non-UK/EEA national, whose visa paperwork holds restrictions on working in the UK or currently has no right to work in the UK, cannot be offered a post until the UKVI is satisfied that there are no remaining suitable domestic applicants to whom the post could be offered. We advise that you contact the UKVI or OISC before applying to confirm whether you are subject to RLMT.

Further information on RLMT and sponsor guidance

Further information on switching immigration status and to see whether you can switch within the UK

Categories that are not cited in the above guidance will require a Restricted Certificate of Sponsorship (RCoS) from the sponor. You will be required to return to your home country to make an application out of country. If you are unsure of the correct route to follow, please gain immigration advise from an authorised advisor/lawyer. We cannot provide advice regarding leave application or immigration, please instead contact UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI). Applications requiring RCoS cannot be guaranteed as they are dependant on the monthyl allocation panel and there are a limited number available.

IMPORTANT: Nationally sponsored current trainees (i.e. those sponsored by Health Education England or NHS Education for Scotland) requiring sponsorship for Core training/Higher Specialty Training will be classed as extension applications and will also be exempt from the RLMT within their sponsorship area.

Please note:nationally sponsored trainees will need to meet the RLMT if and when they apply for posts outside of their sponsorship area.

Please refer to the 'Right to work' and 'Annex C information for overseas nationals' sections of the 2016 HEE Applicant Handbook (PDF, 664 KB) for further information. 
 

12. Contact us

We hope you found the information on this page helpful. If after reading this information you have any further queries please contact the Specialty Recruitment Office.

Email: paediatric.jobs@rcpch.ac.uk

Phone: 0207 092 6144