In this section you can find:

  • The overall timetable for both rounds of the current recruitment year (below); please note that the timetable for round 2 is being confirmed and will be published as soon as possible.
  • 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 published to change, please be aware that this can never be guaranteed. As such, you are advised to check this page periodically.

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 (to the Round 1 tab)
Applications open - Wednesday 8 November 2017 (10am, UK time) 
close - Thursday 30 November 2017 (4pm, UK time)
Longlisting (completed by) Friday 22 December 2017
Shortlisting (completed by) Wednesday 27 December 2017
Invitation to interview (sent by) Thursday 28 December 2017
Interviews held Wednesday 10 January - Wednesday 28 February 2018
Specific interview dates for each centre are published on the Round 1 tab
Programme preferences open (approximate dates) open - Tuesday 20 February 2018
close - Wednesday 28 February 2018
Offers made the first set of offers will be made between programme preferences closing 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)
Post start date Wednesday 1 August 2018

Provisional programme numbers & interview dates

Information will be published once it can be confirmed.

It is the intention that initial programme 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.

Candidates can be interviewed at any of the centres listed below, regradless of where they wish to work. When choosing your preferred centre you should do this on the basis of your availability and the most geographically convenient available. There is no benefit to being interviewed at one region over another based on where you want to train or any other reason.

Competition ratios

While it is always difficult to predict exactly the level of competition for CT1 programmes, we have published data on previous years' CT1 recruitment to this website. This will give an indication of the possible competition rates in each region.

Round 1 interview dates and post numbers

RegionACCS-AM postsCMT postsInterview dates
HE East Midlands

tbc

tbc

Belfast

24 Jan 2018 - 25 Jan 2018

Birmingham
16 Jan 2018 - 18 Jan 2018

Bristol

01 Feb 2018 - 02 Feb 2018

Cambridge
(tbc)

Cardiff

18 Jan 2018 - 19 Jan 2018

Edinburgh

30 Jan 2018 - 01 Feb 2018

Glasgow

23 Jan 2018 - 25 Jan 2018

Leeds

22 Jan 2018 - 23 Jan 2018

London

11 Jan - 12 Jan 2018

15 Jan - 18 Jan 2018

Manchester
22 Jan - 26 Jan 2018

Newcastle
23 Jan - 24 Jan 2018

Plymouth
06 Feb 2018 - 08 Feb 2018

Southampton
16 Jan 2018
18 Jan 2018
23 Jan 2018 - 25 Jan 2018

HE East of England

tbc

tbc

HE London & South East

(KSS)

tbc

(KSS)

tbc

(London)
tbc

(London)
tbc

HE North East

tbc

tbc
HE North West

(Mersey) 

tbc

(Mersey)

tbc

(North Western)

tbc

(North Western)

tbc

HE South West

(Peninsula)  
tbc

(Peninsula)  
tbc

(Severn)  
tbc

(Severn)  
tbc

HE Thames Valley tbc tbc
HE Wessex

tbc

tbc

HE West Midlands

tbc

tbc

HE Yorkshire and the Humber

tbc

tbc

Northern Ireland

tbc

tbc

Scotland *

tbc

tbc

Wales

tbc

tbc

 

*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 RCP-coordinated process.

Please note that whilst we endeavour to keep the CT1 recruitment website up to date, the SMT website will always be the more accurate one where they differ.

The timeline for round 2 is being confirmed and information will be published here following that.