This varies depending on whether you are applying to round 1 or round 2:
In short-listing, all long-listed candidates are ranked nationally, and then, if possible, allocated to a regional preference in rank order - so the highest-scoring applicant will be allocated to their first-choice region, then the second highest-scoring applicant, and so on.
At some point during this process, it may be the case that a candidate comes to be allocated, but the region they have selected as first-choice preference has filled its interview capacity with higher-scoring applicants.
In this instance, this candidate will then be invited to interview at their second-choice region instead; unless that region is also 'full' of higher-scoring applicants, in which case, the candidate will be invited to interview at their third-choice; and so on.
Interviews will be held within the region to which you are allocated.
Interviews are held in regional centres (usually three) and short-listed candidates will be invited to choose their preferred slot from any of the centres, subject to availability.
More information is on the round 2 area of the website.
While we recognise this is unfortunate, in most cases it is not possible for any action to be taken. However, if you believeyou have exceptional circumstances, please contact the JRCPTB with details of your situation. It is possible in approved cases for you to be interviewed at an alternative region with your scores transferred back to your short-listed region for consideration of offers.
Approval will depend on whether your cirucmstances are considered exceptional and if a change can be arranged.
You should contact us as soon as possible after you aware of the issue to increase the possibility that a change of interview region can be organised. However, it must be stressed that such changes are only approved in certain circumstances and you may be required to provide evidence of your circumstances.
Pre-interview, all candidates are ranked on the basis of their score at short-listing. The short-listing assessment is based upon the answers given on your application form.
All regions have a maximum interview capacity. If you do not score highly enough to be allocated an interview place at your first-choice preference region, your application will be cascaded to one of your other preferences (assuming you have selected more than one preference). Please note that this refers to round 1 only as round 2 operates in a different way.
Please note that you can only be interviewed - and subsequently offered a post - by the region to which your application has progressed for interview; your scores will not be transferred back to your first-choice region. However, you can be considered for clearing if you do not receive an offer in the main round.
You will not need to bring your full portfolio, but you will need to bring documents that back up any claims you have made on your application form. Claims made on the application form which are not backed up with appropriate evidence are taken extremely seriously and may lead to an application being rejected or even reported to the GMC.
It is important that you record all pieces of evidence in your Evidence Folder on the Evidence Summary Form (ESF) at the front of the folder.
Additionally, you will need to bring various pieces of documentation that prove your eligibility for a CT1 post.
In the event that your interviewing region require any additional documentation from you, they will make you aware of this in advance of the interview.
There are very specific requirements for the documentation to bring and how it should be presented; please see the interview preparation page of this website for more details.
Once you have booked your interview slot, up until the booking deadline, you can change your slot via your Oriel account to any not already taken by another candidate. If it is after the booking deadline you should contact your first choice region to discuss possibilities, however, there is no guarantee that you will be able to change slot.
If you are unable to attend on the given date and time, and it is not possible to change your timeslot, you should withdraw your application as soon as possible so the interviewing region are aware of this.
Please note that if you do not attend the interview, your application cannot progress further.
If the date and time clashes with an interview or assessment for another specialty, you will be expected to confirm which you will attend.
The policy on refunding travelling expenses varies so you are advised to contact the region who will be conducting your interview. Contact details can be found on the region contacts page of this website.
Where expenses are paid this is normally 'reasonable travelling expenses'. You will be given information about how to claim when you attend.
For doctors attending from overseas, expenses will normally be paid only for travel from point of entry into the UK.
In all cases, payment of travel expenses will be solely at the discretion of the region in question.
Whilst it is natural that candidates may wish to discuss their experiences at interview with their colleagues, you must not share detailed information about the interview beyond that which is publicly available (ie which is available from this website) - specifically, the content and format of questions asked. Ultimately, this may reduce your own chances of success and is unfair to all other candidates.
That being said, interview assessments are competency-based, and there is published evidence demonstrating that prior knowledge of the content and context of assessment does not positively affect performance.
Individual questions are also changed regularly at each interview centre and candidates are advised against altering their behaviour based on the advice of other candidates.
This will depend on the recommendation made on your psychological assessment. However, where extra time is recommended this will be given. In most cases recommendations are for an extra 25% for reading.
In the context of interviews this would mean:
Prior to your arrival at two of the three interview stations, you will be provided with details of a hypothetical clinical or ethical scenario which has arisen. This will take the form of a relatively brief piece of text (commonly three/four sentences).
During the transfer time before moving to the station, you will be asked to review this information, and to consider the case (diagnosis, treatment, etc.), which will then be discussed upon your arrival at the relevant station.
The standard time for scenario consideration is five minutes; therefore the time would be adjusted to six minutes 15 seconds.
The exact adjustments will depend on: the recommendation, whether it can be considered a reasonable adjustment and documentary evidence of your circumstances.