Specialty training at ST3 and ST4 - application guidance

Applications for paediatric specialty training at ST3 or ST4 in the UK - known as National Round 2 - are now closed, and interviews take place on 10-11 April in Birmingham. Our information below includes eligibility criteria and indicative post numbers, and you can download the full applicant guide and person specifications.
Last modified
29 March 2019


What Date
Advert appears Tuesday 22 January
Applications open Wednesday 30 January, 10:00
Applications close Thursday 21 February, 16:00
Longlisting completed by Wednesday 13 March
Invitations to interview sent Tuesday 26 March
Deadline to book interviews Friday 29 March
Interviews take place Wednesday 10 and Thursday 11 April
Offers released Tuesday 23 April
Hold deadline Wednesday 1 May, 13:00
Upgrade deadline Friday 3 May, 16:00
Deadline to submit paperwork Wednesday 8 May, 16:00


Applicants in the following categories may be considered for appointment in National Round 2:

  • UK or European Economic Area (EEA) national
  • Non-UK or non-EEA national where immigration status allows work without restriction in the UK, for example those holding dependant status with no restriction against working as a doctor or dentist in training
  • Already on Tier 2, applying to continue training with the same sponsor and/or the same training number
  • Applying for a specialty in a shortage occupation
  • Non-UK or non-EEA national who currently has Tier 4 status to complete a Masters or PhD - applicants must have completed their Masters or completed 1 year of their PhD to be exempt from the RLMT (resident labour market test)
  • Already on Tier 2 and applying for a different specialty and changing sponsor - applicants in this category will require Tier 2 sponsorship and will be subject to the RLMT
  • Non-UK or non-EEA national who has limited leave to remain in the UK, who does not fall into one of the above categories - applicants in this category will require Tier 2 sponsorship and will be subject to the RLMT
  • Non-UK or non-EEA national who does not currently hold a UK visa status - applicants in this category will require Tier 2 sponsorship and will be subject to the RLMT

All training programmes are equally open to those who may, either from the outset or subsequently, wish to train flexibly.

Person specifications

We recommend you ensure you meet the requirements outlined in the appropriate person specification, available to download below.

    Post numbers

    Post numbers are indicative, and are therefore subject to change until the point at which initial offers are made.

    Region ST3 posts ST4 posts
    East Midlands 2 2
    East of England 5 - 8 7 - 10
    KSS 2 2
    London 0 - 2 0 - 2
    North East TBC TBC
    North West (inc. Mersey) 2 4
    Northern Ireland 2 3
    Scotland TBC TBC
    South West Peninsula 0 3
    South West Severn 1 3
    Thames Valley 2 7
    Wales 0 2 - 3
    Wessex 0 0
    West Midlands 0 3
    Yorkshire & Humber 10 4

    Application process

    Applications are now closed. You need to make your application on the Oriel application system. There are separate vacancies for ST3 and ST4 posts.

    • If you are eligible for both ST3 and ST4 entry, you should apply to both.
    • For both routes, you need to demonstrate paediatric Level 1 training equivalency.
    • For ST4, you need to complete the form, Certificate of Level 1 Training Paediatrics 2019, available to download below or via Oriel's resource bank.
    • For both routes, you 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. 

    Why paediatrics?

    We asked some current trainees and consultants why they chose paediatrics... Here's some of what they had to say!

    You can also read some articles and announcements from our members and staff about a career in paediatrics.

    Full guidance and other resources

    You can download below Paediatric ST3 and ST4 Recruitment 2019 - Applicant Guidance. For any queries, please contact PaedsNRO@hee.nhs.uk