The short answer is you don't!
Once programme details have been made available for selection they will remain in this status until the deadline is reached.
When you access your preferences on Oriel, you can arrange them as you see fit; when you have finished, click 'save' to retain the posts in the particular order/arrangement you have given them.
However, they do not need to be submitted. Your preferences will remain in the order/arrangement you have saved up until either preferences are closed, or until you change the order/arrangement - which you can do at any point, and as many times as you like, up until the preferences deadline for that application.
In terms of submitting preferences; essentially, once the preferencing function is closed, your preferences will be 'submitted' in the order/arrangement they are saved at that point.
Please see the programme preferences page of this website for more information.
This will vary depending on the round and in round 1 is at the discretion of each region.
Programmes cannot open until short-listing has been completed so this is the earliest you can expect to be contacted. They have to close before offers can start so they will be definitely close with enough time to make offers before the deadline. Beyond this it is at the discretion of the region. The dates & posts page details the dates of these.
As a rough guide regions often collect preferences around the time of their interviews, so they can begin making offers as soon as possible after interviews. However, this is not always the case if they need more time to confirm their available programmes.
In round 2, as all applicants are in consideration for all available programmes, the opening and closing of preferences will be done nationally. This is expected to open around the start of the interview window and close around the final date of interviews but this will be confirmed to candidates for that round nearer the time.
Please see the programme preferences page of this website for more information.
If preferencing is still open then you just need to log in to your account there and make amendments to the ranking and/or arrangement of your programme preferences.
If preferencing has closed contact the region responsible (or the JRCPTB in round 2). It cannot be guaranteed that any changes to your preferences can be made at this point.
This can be very difficult to predict.
Offers cannot begin until all interviews have been completed, and scores have been compiled and confirmed. This will vary between different regions. However, each programme must have been offered at least once (where possible) by the first offers deadline. You should be prepared to wait until the deadline, although in most cases offers will be released earlier.
This will also depend upon your standing in the process; the outcome of your assessment and ranking within the region, as well as the programme preferences you have given. These factors will influence how soon an offer can be made to you (if at all).
In addition the speed with which offers are 'recycled' depends on how quickly higher-scoring candidates decide whether to accept or decline offers. As such, it is not possible for us to advise any candidates on the subject of whether they will receive a post offer, and if so when this would be.
If you are on the reserve list you will be notified of this.
You will only receive one ACCS-AM/CMT offer. Initially this will be at the region for which your application is being considered.
Should you accept the offer, your application will proceed to pre-application checks.
Should you decline the offer, as this was the best offer available to you based on your rank and preferences, you will be withdrawn and receive no further offers in this round.
There is one exception to this. If you choose to hold/accept an offer, you will be given the option to be considered for preference upgrades. That is, if one of your higher ranked programme preferenced options becomes available after you have held/accepted the initial offer, the preference offered to you would be upgraded automatically to the higher preference.
In round 1, if you do not receive any offers initially it may possible to receive an offer from another region during a period of clearing.
More information can be found on the responding to offers page of this website.
Candidates will be allocated according to their rank and preferences.
The highest-ranked candidate will be offered their first preference; each subsequent candidates will be offered their highest preference available, bearing in mind that higher-ranked candidates may have already been offered their preferred programme.
There can be variation between regions about the level of programme detail given to you when selecting your programme preferences. At this stage some regions will provide details of all available programmes, including details on hospitals and rotations, whilst others may not be able to provide any detail beyond whether you are allocated to CMT or ACCS-AM. There can be variation in between these examples, with some giving geographical information but not rotation, some giving rotations for CT1 but not CT2 etc.
Where a region cannot give full rotation details, they will be in touch with successful candidates after offer with information on how allocating programmes will work.
Absolutely not. You will, however, be expected to accept, hold or reject any offer within 48 hours of receiving it. If you reject an offer, you will not be eligible for any further offers for that application.
Please note that if you reject an offer in a particular round this will have no implication on your application to any future rounds of recruitment.
If you reapply to CT1, whether you reject an offer, or accept it and then withdraw from it at a later stage, this would not be classed as 'relinquishing' unless you had actually begun physically working in the programme.
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.
The JRCPTB will provide some feedback on performance to all candidates, regardless of whether their applications have been successful or not.
Once interviews are completed for a specialty and offers have commenced, a breakdown of the scores awarded across the various interview assessment areas will be released to Oriel and an email sent confirming this.
In addition to the release of scores, a graph showing the distribution of scores nationally for that specialty will be released to this website for both application and interview scores. This will be available from the document library.
For detailed feedback of the comments given on mark sheets at interview, please contact the region assessing your application/interview.
To begin with, all regions will confirm the number of unfilled programmes available in their region after the last offering deadline. The JRCPTB will then contact all appointable candidates, who have not been offered or withdrawn from the process, to invite them to preference the remaining programmes across all regions.
Once programme preferences close, offers will be made to participating candidates, in order of the total score awarded in the main round.
Further information is available on the clearing page of this website.
Where possible, yes.
The primary concern for recruiters when seeking references is that they should be as up-to-date as possible; the purpose of seeking a reference is to ensure your candidature is suitable for CT1, rather than to influence the decision when deciding to whom posts should be offered; references are not collected until after offers are made so have no bearing on your chances of being made an offer.
A reference from a 'good' or 'notable' referee will garner no advantage to your application.
It is possible to change your referees after submission of your form should you start working with another supervisor who is more familiar with your recent experience. Information about when you can amend references is on the 'sections of the application form' tab of the application form page of the website.
In some instances, using a current/recent referee will not be possible (eg an academic supervisor can only act as a referee if they are your current supervisor); also some past supervisors may not be able or willing to give a reference (such as if they are out of the country, or have since retired).
In these instances, you should nominate your next-most recent supervisor as a referee in their stead.
Should you start working with other potential referees after submitting your form, you can change your referees up to a certain point. Information about when you can amend references is on the 'sections of the application form' tab of the application form page of the website.
In short, this is at your discretion.
While it is generally preferred that your referees relate to as current a period of your training as is possible, it is also appreciated that you may not feel comfortable nominating a supervisor you may not have even met.
It is possible to change your referees after you submit your form, so you can update them to a newer supervisor once you have been working with them for a longer period.
Information about when you can amend references is on the 'sections of the application form' tab of the application form page of the website.
A person does not need to be a consultant to act as your referee necessarily. You must provide contact details of three referees who have supervised your clinical training during the last two years of your employment or undergraduate training. One referee must be your current or most recent consultant or educational supervisor familiar with your clinical development.
Yes - even after your application has been submitted, you can log back in and change/update referees' details if need be.
So if you are not sure about nomination of referees, do not let this hold up your application. Add details of those you deem appropriate at present, and then if need be these can be changed at a later date.
Information about when you can amend references is on the 'sections of the application form' tab of the completing the application form page of the website.