National Round 1 dates
|Advert appears||Thursday 31 October 2019|
|Applications open (10:00)||Thursday 7 November 2019|
|Applications close (16:00)||Thursday 28 November 2019|
|Longlisting completed by||Tuesday 17 December 2019|
|Interview invitations sent out||Monday 6 January 2020|
|Deadline for interview booking (16:00)||Thursday 9 January 2020|
|Interview window opens||Monday 20 January 2020|
|Interview window closes||Wednesday 26 February 2020|
|First national offers released||Tuesday 3 March 2020|
|Hold deadline (13:00)||Friday 13 March 2020|
|Upgrade deadline (16:00)||Friday 20 April 2020|
National Round 1 re-advert dates
This will recruit to Level 1 entry posts not filled in National Round 1, along with additional posts that were not available to advertise in the original round.
Full post numbers and regions recruiting cannot be made available until the offers process for National Round 1 has completed. Preferencing of posts will take place after longlisting is completed on 20 March.
|Advert appears||Wednesday 12 February 2020|
|Applications open (10:00)||Tuesday 25 February 2020|
|Applications close (16:00)||Thursday 12 March 2020|
|Longlisting completed by||Friday 20 March 2020|
|Interview invitations sent out||Tuesday 24 March 2020|
|Deadline for interview booking (16:00)||Friday 27 March 2020|
|Interview dates||Monday 20 & Tuesday 21 April 2020|
|Initial offers released||Monday 27 April 2020|
|Hold deadline (13:00)||Friday 1 May 2020|
|Upgrade deadline (16:00)||Friday 1 May 2020|
|RLMT to be issued by (for overseas applicants)||tbc|
|RCoS applications to be submitted by (for overseas applicants)||tbc|
We at RCPCH have an ongoing commitment to improve the national recruitment process for paediatrics and to ensure applicants have as much flexibility as possible. We made some changes over the past year, which will continue for the 2020 rounds and beyond.
No restrictions on prior paediatric experience: Applicants who have spent a bit longer working in paediatrics outside the UK Foundation programme (or equivalent) are not ‘penalised’ and so left with fewer options of where to apply to enter our training programme.
One vacancy for Level 1 entry: There is no longer a separate vacancy for ST2 entry on Oriel, as all trainees will now enter UK training programmes at ST1.
Opportunity to be fast-tracked through Level 1 training in two years rather than three years: As there is now no separate ST2 entry, applicants who can evidence at least 12 months experience in paediatric posts, outside the UK Foundation programme (or equivalent), at point of application, have the opportunity to decalre this on their application and have the opportunity to complete Level 1 training in two years (instead of the standard three years). Any such prior experience should be evidenced via the Oriel application form.
Employing deaneries will be informed of all new trainees who have evidenced 12 months minimum prior experience on their application and fast track progression will be closely tracked by their educational supervisor throughout that first year. ultimately be confirmed at a trainees first ARCP (annual review of competence progression) but
Scotland: Applicants for Scottish posts should be able to evidence a minimum of six months first on experience in General Paediatrics with an additional 6 months experience at first on level in a level 3 neonatal unit in order to be eligible for early fast tracking to ST2 level, following appointment - this will be confirmed following the offers process.
Application guidance For reference, you can download the 2019 application guidance below. The 2020 version will be published on this page by early October.
Vacancy and applications process
Applicants will need to apply on the Oriel application system.
This process is managed by the Paediatrics National Recruitment Office (Paeds NRO), working out of the HEE West Midlands office. For queries, please contact them at PaedsNRO@hee.nhs.uk.
There is a single person specification that covers entry at Level 1, both ST1 and ST2.
Applicants need to be registered with and licensed by the General Medical Council (GMC) by the intended start date of the post you are applying for. (You don't need to be registered with or licensed by the GMC at the time of application.) For paediatric training posts, this is typically August or September, depending on the UK region. All start dates will be clearly displayed when you make your preferences on the Oriel system, once the vacancy is 'live'. If you need clarification, please contact the relevant HEE office.
Person specification For reference, you can download the 2019 person specification below. The 2020 version is currently being signed off, and we can confirm there are no changes to the basic eligibility criteria.
This document is also available on the HEE Specialty Recruitment website.
Interviews for National Round 1 will again take place at six centres. Some venues are being finalised.
|London||24, 25, 26 February 2020||tbc|
|West Midlands||29 & 30 January 2020||Hawthorns, West Bromwich Albion Football Cub|
|Oxford||11 February 2020||Kassam Stadium|
|Newcastle||22 & 23 January||tbc|
|Belfast||26 February 2020||tbc|
|Glasgow||27 & 28 January 2020||Hampden Park|
Past application numbers and competition ratio
In 2019, 583 applications were made for 475 posts overall across the UK. 480 applicants were invited to interview. The competition ratio for paediatric posts was therefore 1:1.23, equivalent to a little under 1-1/2 applicants for each post advertised.
Some regions do prove more popular than others. However, applicants can preference any or all of the preferences for any or all regions, so it is not possible to give an accurate competition ratio by region.
Both overall application numbers and consequently also competition ratios were down for the 2020 national recruitment round 1 and as a consequence, some posts were re-advertised in the national round 1 re-advert. We are currently planning to run a re-advert for 2020, the dates for which are listed above.
For any queries, please contact PaedsNRO@hee.nhs.uk