The information on this website is currently aimed at recruiting for posts starting in August 2017. The website will be updated over the summer and early autumn of 2017 and is expected to be refreshed for 2018 recruitment by the end of September 2017. In the meantime the information for 2017 is a good guide as to what to expect for 2018 recruitment as most things will be largely the same. We are able to confirm one major change to the CT1 2018 process; please see the recent news item

The 2018 recruitment timeline have now been confirmed and added to the website. 

If you are looking to apply to CT1-level programmes in core medical training (CMT) and/or acute care common stem: acute medicine (ACCS-AM), this website contains detailed information to help you when applying for 2017 CT1 posts. This covers recruitment to all UK training programmes in these specialties.

The recruitment process section of the website is the home to the majority of information to help you navigate a recruitment round, including: dates & posts, eligibility criteria, planning your application, applyinginterviews and offers.

In addition to the website, we produce an 'Applicants' Guide' which overviews how the process works and is a good introduction for those new to specialty recruitment. This is available to download from the document library.

It is advisable to view the relevant person specification prior to applying.

You may also wish to view competition ratios and scoring from previous rounds, available in the document library.

2017 recruitment

There are two rounds of recruitment to CT1 programmes starting in August 2017:

  • Round 1 opens for applications at 10am on Wednesday 9 November 2016 and closes at 4pm on Thursday 1 December 2016.
  • Round 2 opens for applications at 10am on Tuesday 28 February 2017 and closes at 4pm on Thursday 16 March 2017.

The dates & posts page of the website has full details for both rounds. Dates can be subject to change, a news item will be published for any substantial changes.

Latest news


Our FAQs section has the answers to many common queries but if you cannot find an answer to your question the JRCPTB runs an email helpdesk which can be contacted with any queries relating to CT1 recruitment. Normally, the JRCPTB will respond to all queries within 48 hours (excluding bank holidays and weekends).

To contact the helpdesk, please send an email to

Any important announcements will be added to this website and noted in the news section, as well as being announced on our twitter feed.

Specialty Recruitment Office

CT1 Recruitment is managed and coordinated by the Specialty Recruitment Office at the Joint Royal Colleges of Physicians Training Board (JRCPTB).

Best wishes, and good luck with your application,

Professor David Black
JRCPTB Medical Director