The interview / assessment centre

The main stage of your application to CT1 is the interview - sometimes referred to as the 'assessment centre' or 'selection centre'.

Here you will be asked a series of questions by clinicians at different interview stations, and will have your documentation verified and assessed to confirm your eligibility, and the validity of achievements noted in your application.

Click on the relevant tabs for more detail about the interview structure and content.

Consistent across UK

The structure and content of CT1 interviews will be consistent among all participating regions; that is, regardless of the region, the makeup of the interview will be the same.

The interview process uses a multiple station format. You will progress through three separate stations, each of which will be staffed by two clinical interviewers who will test and review different areas of your skills, knowledge and experience.

Interviewers

All stations will be staffed by two consultant interviewers, each of whom will award you a mark on each of the aspects on which you are being assessed. This means that you will be assessed and scored by six different interviewers.

Regions may also use a third clinician at station 1, to assist with the checking/review of your documentation and the application; however, you will only be marked by the two asking questions.

Lay representatives

Regions will use a lay representative to monitor their CT1 interviews.

Please note - lay representatives will not be involved in candidate assessment; their role is to assist in the quality assurance of the interview process.

Interview time

The time allocated to each interview station is 10 minutes, with five minutes' transfer time in between. Thus the total interview time will be approximately 45 minutes. 

Details of the areas of assessment in each of the three stations can be viewed by clicking on the tabs below.

Please note that candidates can progress through the stations in any order.

Where applicants have dyslexia, it is common practice for reading time to be increased by 25%.

This is also the policy employed at CT1 interviews; and where this comes into play specifically is where candidates prepare for assessment of 'scenarios'.

Scenarios

Stations 2 and 3 (see further down this page) will require you to consider a hypothetical 'scenario' prior to your arrival at the station (a clinical scenario at station 2, ethical scenario at station 3).

Here, during the five minute period between interview stations, you will be given a piece of text describing a situation, which will then be discussed upon your arrival at the interview station.

Scenario text

The actual text in the scenario is quite short - two/three brief sentences at most - and so the bulk of preparation time is to allow you to consider the scenario and the next steps you would take (eg diagnosis, treatment, further questions, etc.); rather than it being 'reading time' as such.

But should you have dyslexia and wish to request extra time here, this can be granted in line with the recommendations on your pyschological assessment.

Requesting adjustment

If you do have dyslexia and wish to request this adjustment, please add information to the personal page of your application regarding this.

If you have already submitted your application without adding a request for this adjustment, please contact the region where your interview will be held to request this additional time.

Further information

NB - should you request this, following submission of your application the region will request that you provide some evidence of your condition, so that adjustments can be made.

For further details on the scenarios at stations 2 and 3, please see the relevant sections below.

The British Dyslexia Association has a webpage dedicated to how the Equalities Act 2010 relates to dyslexia, which can be viewed here.