There are two main places to find out the eligibility criteria and whether you are eligible:
- All the eligibility criteria are listed in the person specification.
- The Am I eligible? section of this website gives detailed information about each area of eligibility.
Beyond this, if you have a specific question which is not covered in the sources above, you can contact the JRCPTB with your query.
All four UK nations: England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, are participating in the JRCPTB-coordinated CT1 recruitment process.
Rotations will be organised between trainees and the region at which they are being considered. Once it is confirmed at which region applications will be allocated after short-listing, the interviewing region will request that you give preferences of the different programmes available. This usually happens around the time of interview.
In round 2, candidates will be able to be in consideration for all regions throughout the process and so when asked to preference programmes, this will be for all posts nation-wide.
The Gold Guide states that:
"...the start of training may only be deferred on statutory grounds (eg maternity leave, ill health)."
This includes a period of illness or maternity leave taken during foundation training prior to making an application. Where applicants are unable to achieve competence on time, they may still apply may be permitted to defer whilst they complete the time/competences missed. Extended training will need to be organised in the current post to cover the time that was missed.
If your particular circumstances will make it necessary for the start date of any post offered to you to be deferred or delayed, but are not covered by the text above, then please contact the region handling your application.
Upon receiving an offer, you should contact the region managing your application to ensure they are aware of your desire to defer your start date and ensure this will be permissible. The final decision on whether a start date can be deferred is at the discretion of the region.
It is not usually possible to apply for an inter-deanery transfer (IDT) within a two-year training programme.
In exceptional circumstances, after you have been in post for at least twelve months, and if you can show that your personal circumstances have changed since your appointment, you can apply to transfer.
However, inter-deanery transfers are only possible if the proposed destination region has a vacant slot that can accommodate your remaining training requirements. Not all approved transfers will actually be able to transfer.
You cannot transfer to another region during your training just because you feel like a change!
Please bear this in mind when identifying your preferred choices of region when applying to CT1.
Inter-deanery transfers are nationally coordinated; the NHS Specialty Training website has details about the scheme.
Unfortunately, it is not possible to introduce an option allowing candidates to link applications in this manner.
The advice is to select the same regional preferences on your application form, but applications cannot be linked formally.
Help and advice will be available from a variety of sources. Your first approach should be to the region managing your application; the region contacts page of our website contains contact details for each region.
If you are not satisfied at this point, or you are not comfortable going direct to the region, you can email the JRCPTB. In general we will try and resolve issues before the need to make a formal complaint or appeal but if you feel that you wish to do this then please ensure you read the complaints and appeals policy before submitting this.