In this section you can find:

  • The overall timetable for both rounds of the current recruitment year (below). Specific regional interview dates will be determined closer to the time.
  • Round 1 interview dates and post numbers (click on the tab above)
  • Round 2  interview dates and post numbers (click on the tab above)

Dates subject to change

Whist we do not expect the timelines for 2018 rounds 1 and 2 published here to change, please be aware that this can never be guaranteed. As such, we would advise you to check this page relatively regularly.

Changes to any of the stages of the timeline will be reflected immediately on this page, as well as noted in a news item where considered necessary.

2018 round 1

Timeline for 2018 CT1 recruitment (round 1)
Specialty advertisements published (by) Thursday 2 November 2017
Provisional post numbers published (by) Thursday 2 November 2017
Applications open - Wednesday 8 November 2017 (10am, UK time) 
close - Thursday 30 November 2017 (4pm, UK time)
Longlisting (completed by) Friday 29 December 2017
Shortlisting (completed by) Wednesday 3 January 2018
Interviews held Wednesday 10 January - Wednesday 28 February 2018
[Regional interview dates will be published to the Round 1 page at a later stage]
Offers made all regions will make their first set of offers between finishing their interviews and Monday 5 March 2018 (5pm, UK time)
Offer holding deadline Friday 9 March 2018 (1pm, UK time)
Offer upgrade deadline Friday 16 March 2018 (4pm, UK time)
Final offers deadline Monday 19 March 2018 (5pm, UK time)
National clearing Tuesday 20 March 2018 onwards
Post start date Wednesday 1 August 2018

Provisional post numbers & dates

Please be aware that information will be published here once it can be confirmed.

It is the intention that initial post numbers for all regions will be published prior to the application opening date, although this cannot be guaranteed. Numbers will be updated as and when notifications are received from each region and will be checked later in the round when programme preferences are open for selection.

Competition ratios

While it is always difficult to predict exactly the level of competition for CT1 posts at different regions, we have published data on previous years CT1 recruitment to this website. This may give an indication of the possible competition rates in different regions.

For more information, please see the previous years' data page of this website.

*Scotland post numbers

If you are interested in working in Scotland, a breakdown of post numbers by the four Scottish deaneries is available on the Scottish Medical Training website. This has details of all specialty training post numbers in Scotland, including specialties which are not part of the JRCPTB-coordinated process.

Please note that whilst we endeavour to keep the ST3 recruitment website up to date, the SMT website will always be the more accurate one where they differ.

Interview centres

The interview dates and centres for round 2 will be published here once they have been confirmed.