Applications for ST3 and ST4 posts
Considering applying to paediatrics? This page contains information about applying for ST3 and ST4 posts for England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. It includes the application process, person specifications and guidance.
2017 round for ST3 and ST4 posts
Applications will open on 1 February 2017 and close at 4pm on 22 February 2017.
Details and updated guidance will be posted here from late December 2016 - please keep checking these pages for updates.
Some guidance below is for the 2016 round and will be updated, as appropriate - see
Not what you were looking for? About ST1 and ST2 recruitment
On this page:
- Competition ratios
- Application process
- The Oriel application system
- Post numbers and interview dates
- Person specifications
- Application form
- Paediatric competences
- Guidance for applicants
- Shortlisting and interviews
- Deferred entry
- Information for overseas nationals
- Contact us
The 2016 competition ratios will be uploaded in due course.
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.
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.
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 12 and 13 April 2017. If you are unable to attend your interview on one of these dates, we will be unable to progress your application.
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.
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.
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.
lease note these are indicative and subject to change; RCPCH will update these numbers at regular times during the application period.
The post numbers for 2017 will be updated as soon as they are received from the deanery's/LETB's.
Interviews will be held on 12 and 13 April 2017 at the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP), 30 Euston Square, London, NW1 2FB
Before applying to an ST post you are advised to ensure you meet the the requirements outlined in the appropriate person specification.
You must complete your paediatric specialty application online via Oriel.
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:
- 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
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:
- 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 (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.
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.
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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
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.
Please note: These guides are subject to change. You are advised to check you are using the most recent version.
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 email@example.com.
The Gold Guide can be downloaded from the HEE website, please click on the following link https://specialtytraining.hee.nhs.uk/news/the-gold-guide-sixth-edition-now-available/
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.
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 HEE Applicant guidence for further information. This can be downliade
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.
Phone: 0207 092 6144