The information on this website is currently aimed at recruiting for posts starting in August 2018. The website will be updated over the summer and early autumn of 2018 and is expected to be refreshed for 2019 recruitment by the end of September 2018. When specific information is confirmed, this will be added to the website but in the meantime the information for 2018 is a good guide as to what to expect for 2019 recruitment as most things will be largely the same. The provisional timetables for both rounds are already available.

Whilst the recruitment process is expected to stay similar, core medical training will be replaced by internal medicine stage 1 from August 2019. Please use the following link to access a news item which contains more information about this development

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 programmes starting in August 2018. 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, applying interviews 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 data from previous years, including competition ratios.

2018 recruitment

There are two rounds of recruitment to CT1 programmes starting in August 2018:

  • Round 1 opens for applications at 10am on Wednesday 8 November 2017 and closes at 4pm on Thursday 30 November 2017.
  • Round 2 dates are not yet available, but will be published in the dates & posts section once confirmed.

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 RCP runs an email helpdesk which can be contacted with any queries relating to CT1 recruitment. Normally, the RCP will respond to all queries within 48 hours (excluding bank holidays and weekends).

To contact the helpdesk, please send an email to Please note that if you contact us using our old email address it will be redirected to the IMT email account.

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 Royal College of Physicians of London, working closely with the Joint Royal Colleges of Physicians Training Board (JRCPTB).

Best wishes, and good luck with your application,

Dr Richard Butterworth
Clinical Lead for Recruitment and Selection