Round 2

After round 1 is complete, a second round of recruitment will be held which opens for applications in late-summer.

We have added a separate page with information about round 2.


2021 recruitment

Details on recruitment to ST3 programmes starting from August 2021 will be added to this website in late 2020. The adoption of the new internal medicine recruitment programme, and the change in length of core training from two years to three years, will have a major impact on higher medicine recruitment in 2021. This is because the additional year of core training means there will be no output of trainees from Internal Medicine Training (IMT) in 2021. 

The details for 2021 recruitment are being worked out and cannot be confirmed at this stage. The JRCPTB website has further information about the impact so please check this in the interim. However, we can say the following:

Group 1 specialties

Specialties which will dual accredit with general internal medicine will be most affected and it is being worked out whether each specialty will have any recruitment in 2021 and if so to what extent. It is expected that most specialties will at least see a reduction in the number of vacancies compared to previous years but no details are available yet. Subsequent to 2021, recruitment will be at ST4-level, and competence will need to be demonstrated at the level of someone who has completed IMT.

Group 2 specialties

These specialties will not dual accredit with general internal medicine and are expected to recruit as normal in 2021. 

Recruitment process

Whilst we are unsure which specialties will recruit, and to what extent, we are not expecting the recruitment process to change significantly, and so the content held on this website currently can be taken as a good guide as to what to expect.


Local recruitment

In the meantime, there may be short-term ST3-level non-training posts being recruited to locally by hospitals.

Usually this will take the form of LAS (locum appointment for service) posts, and recruitment procedures and requirements will be set by the appointing region/hospital. Where posts are advertised depends on the nation where the post is based:

As this recruitment is carried out locally, vacancies could be advertised at any time and so you are advised to check back regularly if you are interested in seeking a post.