Core Medical Training Recruitment

Health Education Thames Valley (formerly Oxford)

This page includes information on applying to, and working in, CT1 posts in the Health Education Thames Valley region.


When applying to CT1, candidates can submit applications to the 'Health Education Thames Valley' unit of application (UoA).

This UoA covers the Health Education Thames Valley LETB, which in 2013 replaced the Oxford Deanery.

[For more information on deaneries vs LETBs vs UoAs, please see the deaneries/LETBs page of this website.

Thames Valley (Oxford Deanery)

As noted above, the area covered by the Oxford Deanery unit of application in previous recruitment rounds/years - essentially Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire - is now covered by Health Education Thames Valley.

This body is no different in terms of size to the Oxford Deanery; and from a recruitment point of view, the Thames Valley UoA to which candidates can apply will be largely the same as the Oxford UoA from previous rounds/years.

While recruitment to ACCS-AM and CMT posts is carried out via a combined recruitment programme, training in the two specialties is managed within different programmes at Health Education Thames Valley.

See the relevant section below to reveal further information:

Core medical training (CMT) in HE Thames Valley

There are several different factors and perspectives of which you can take account when considering CMT at HE Thames Valley, including trainee satisfaction, research opportunities and diverse rotations.

Trainee satisfaction

A high standard of training, supervision and teaching delivered to all our CMT trainees have contributed to our trainees rating CMT at Oxford Deanery (now HE Thames Valley) one of the top five programmes in the 2013 GMC survey.

Added to this, 96% of trainees who commenced their CMT training with us in August 2011 achieved PACES by the completion of their training, before leaving to take up higher specialty training posts.

Teaching & learning

Teaching and the development of learning opportunities are a priority in CMT. A wealth of quality improvement projects, audit and research opportunities augment the training programme in both the tertiary centre of the Oxford Radcliffe NHS Trust, and also in the District General Hospital environment.

The development of future collaborations and research opportunities with the University of Oxford becomes a real possibility.

Quality improvement and research

Trainees are encouraged to learn and develop skills in putting into practice quality improvement projects, and will be given the training to enable embedding these new skills to take on further in their future.


Each hospital has something different to offer. Training is performed in the below trusts:

The DGH environment enables development of increasing responsibility over the two-year training programme. The tertiary centre enables learning with a scientific rigour.


All the rotations offered within HE Thames Valley provide a broad experience on which to base your future specialist career.

Some rotations are only within ORH, some only within a district general hospital, and some rotate between the two. A big plus is that typically, at the time of appointment, the trainee will know the exact rotation they are committing to.


Trainees' needs are very much at the forefront of our training programme. Trainees are supported throughout their two-year training programme by their educational supervisor, an RCP college tutor in each hospital, and by the CMT Programme Director - currently Dr Chris Davies.

HE THames Valley welcomes applications from enthusiastic and dynamic trainees with a thirst for knowledge and who want to ensure delivery of the safest, highest quality of care to patients and their families.

ACCS in HE Thames Valley

The ACCS training programme is a three-year programme, starting at CT1.

The programme is designed to support core training in acute medicine, anaesthetics or emergency medicine.

  • Acute care common stem training aims to provide trainees with a broad base of training in acute medicine, anaesthesia, emergency medicine and intensive care medicine.
  • Over the first two years trainees will be attached to each of the four specialties; spending one year in acute medicine and emergency medicine and the other year in anaesthesia and intensive care medicine.
  • The third year will be in the specialty you have nominated on your application form at the beginning of the programme.

The ACCS programme director is Dr Eleanor Beswick; Head of School of Emergency Medicine is Dr Simon Smith.

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Contact details:

HE Thames Valley
Thames Valley House
4630 Kingsgate
Oxford Business Park South