Sub-specialty training (NTN grid scheme)

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At Level 3 of training (ST6-8) trainees have the opportunity to sub-specialise in a specific area of paediatrics through the NTN Grid.

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Key Dates for 2018 Grid recruitment

 Applications Open  Friday 8 September 2017 at 12.00pm BST
 Applications Close  Friday 29 September 2017 at 12.00pm BST
 Shortlisting Outcomes  W/C 6 November 2017
 Interviews  Monday 20 November - Friday 1 December 2017
 Offers  W/C 8 December 2017
 Clearing Round  Mid December 2017- January 2018

Sub-speciality posts available for 2018 are now available. 

What is the NTN Grid?

At Level 3 of training (ST6-8), Paediatric trainees have the opportunity to subspecialise in a specific area of Paediatrics or continue in general training. Those who complete an approved programme of subspecialist training will be eligible to enter on to the GMC Specialist Register as a Paediatrician with a subspecialty.

The College runs the NTN Grid Scheme which allows trainees who wish to complete their training in a sub-specialty to apply in competition for the programmes available nationally.

The scheme enables trainees to train in appropriate numbers for each sub-specialty which reduces the likelihood of being in a highly specialised field with little chance of obtaining a consultant post after reaching CCT. The maximum number of posts available is in constant review due to changes in workforce planning arrangements. 

Who can apply for Grid? o can apply for the Grid?

e carefully read the information and guides below before making an application to the NTN Grid.Grid Person Specification 2017    The grid is only available to senior trainees who fulfil the essential person specification eligibility criteria for grid training. The person specification may change for each grid round.Please read the information and guides below before making an application:

The NTN grid is only open to UK trainees holding an NTN and in an equivalent training programme within the EEA (European Economic Area)

Applications from those outside of a UK/EEA training programme will not be eligible to apply for the NTN Grid - you may wish to consider the Medical Training Initiative (paediatrics).

RCOA applicants and EEA trainees are advised to contact ntn.grid@rcpch.ac.uk as soon as possible to discuss your application.

 How many HoHoHowHow   How long do I need to complete Grid training?Grid training is a 2-3 year programme; you must ensure that you have enough time left in your training before your agreed CCT date. CCT dates cannot be changed to accommodate subspecialist training.Any candidates whose entry date to specialty training is not September (e.g. March starters) may be eligible for an extension of their CCT date by 6 months to accommodate sub-specialty training. Please discuss this further with your deanery or the College to ensure eligibility before making an application.In exceptional circumstances candidates may be able to apply from a higher year of training e.g. ST7 providing that sufficient sub-specialty training can be completed without an extension of the current CCT date.  Such potential candidates are advised to discuss their circumstances carefully with their local Deanery and the CSAC ChairHow long do I need to complete Grid training?Grid training is a 2-3 year programme; you must ensure that you have enough time left in your training before your agreed CCT date. CCT dates cannot be changed to accommodate subspecialist training.Any candidates whose entry date to specialty training is not September (e.g. March starters) may be eligible for an extension of their CCT date by 6 months to accommodate sub-specialty training. Please discuss this further with your deanery or the College to ensure eligibility before making an application.In exceptional circumstances candidates may be able to apply from a higher year of training e.g. ST7 providing that sufficient sub-specialty training can be completed without an extension of the current CCT date.  Such potential candidates are advised to discuss their circumstances carefully with their local Deanery and the CSACHow long do I need to complete Grid training?

Grid training is a 2-3 year programme; you must ensure that you have enough time left in your training before your agreed CCT date. CCT dates cannot be changed to accommodate subspecialist training.

In exceptional circumstances candidates may be able to apply from a higher year of training e.g. ST7 providing that sufficient sub-specialty training can be completed without an extension of the current CCT date.  Such potential candidates are advised to discuss their circumstances carefully with their local Deanery and the CSAC Chair.

How many times can I apply for GRID?

The maximum number of times an applicant can apply for Grid is twice. Applicants are only eligible to make a third round application to the same specialty if:

  • If they were deemed appointable in their second round application.
  • Applicants who applied to two different sub-specialties during their second round application must have been deemed appointable at interview for BOTH sub-specialties in order to be eligible to make a third round application to BOTH sub-specialties in the future.

We will not accept a third application under any other circumstances.

How do I apply?

Please see the NTN Grid application page.

What posts are available?

The list of programmes that are available for the 2018 recruitment round can be viewed at sub-specialty programmes

Annual Grid report

Report on National Training Grid 2017

Contact us

For any questions, contact Abigail Wright, Sub-specialty Recruitment Coordinator:

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