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)
Interview feedback released (by) Friday 9 March 2018
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

2018 round 2

Timeline for 2018 CT1 recruitment (round 2)
Specialty advertisements published (by)  Thursday 15 February 2018
Applications open -  Tuesday 27 February 2018   (10am, UK time) 
close -  Thursday 15 March 2018   (4pm, UK time)
Longlisting completed (by)  Thursday 29 March 2018
Interviews held Tuesday 10 April - Friday 27 April 2018
[Specific dates will be published to the Round 2 page once confirmed]
Offers made the first set of offers will be made no later than Tuesday 1 May 2018 (5pm, UK time)
Offer holding deadline Friday 4 May 2018   (9am, UK time)
Offer upgrade deadline Friday 4 May 2018  (1pm, 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

2 - 4

81

Belfast
24 Jan 2018 - 25 Jan 2018

Birmingham
16 Jan 2018 - 18 Jan 2018

Bristol
01 Feb 2018 - 02 Feb 2018

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

Peterborough
20 Feb 2018 - 22 Feb 2018

Plymouth
07 Feb 2018 - 09 Feb 2018

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

HE East of England

9

110-140

HE London & South East

(KSS)

1 - 4

(KSS)

98 - 126

(London)
0

(London)
250 - 315

HE North East

6

85
HE North West

(Mersey) 

0

(Mersey)

70 - 80

(North Western)

4 - 6

(North Western)

100 - 120

HE South West

(Peninsula)  
2

(Peninsula)  
40

(Severn)  
5

(Severn)  
55

HE Thames Valley 3 30 - 45
HE Wessex

0 - 2

58 - 67

HE West Midlands

2

100 - 120

HE Yorkshire and the Humber

6

(4 East, 2 South)

181

(50 East, 69 South, 62 West)

Northern Ireland

0

60

Scotland *

8

100

Wales

2

80-100 

*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.

Interview centres

In round 2 all interviews for the round will be held across approximately four interview venues. Candidates will remain in contention for all ACCS-AM/CMT vacancies available nationally, regardless of where the interview takes place. Interview dates and venues are in the process of being confirmed and will be published here once known.

Post numbers

Post numbers for round 2 depend on the number of programmes which remain vacant after the close of round 1. Please be aware that the data published here will be as up-to-date and accurate as possible; however, no post information will be available until March 2018 and confirmation of numbers will not be until after round 1 has been completed in mid-March.

For further information on the process please refer to the round 2 page.