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Specialty Recruitment




Please follow the link below to the latest updates on any impact the current pandemic is having on recruitment:

UK Specialty Recruitment Training website


BREXIT - Important Information 

We would like to bring to the attention of all applicants the potential impact Brexit may have on your application, employment and training in the UK. We therefore encourage you to refer to the UK Government website for further information and advice.



The introduction of the new internal medicine curriculum means that early  stage training for medicine is changing. This change has understandably created uncertainty and anxiety for trainees who need to understand their options for applying to programmes in 2021. This applies especially to those who have undertaken core medical training (CMT) or ACCS acute medicine (ACCS-AM) and wish to return to physicianly training at internal medicine year 3 (IMY3). Guidance is available that provides an indicative position describing what trainees can expect over the next few years of physician training recruitment, including the likely provision of training posts, to help trainees plan their careers:

Within this guidance is a link for trainees who were in CMT subsequent to June 2016 and who are not currently in a training programme (other than CMT/ACCS-AM) to express interest in IMY3 training posts in 2021, and the guidance provides further details of that process:

CMT/IMT TPDs and Associate Postgraduate Deans are available to discuss individual circumstances further and to offer support at this career planning stage.




From 6 October 2019, all medical practitioners have been added to the Shortage Occupation List in the UK. This means that all medical practitioners are exempt from the Resident Labour Market Test (RLMT) and can apply for any specialty in any recruitment round, subject to eligibility, and will be considered for posts alongside UK/EU/EEA nationals and other settled workers. 

All applicants for specialty training must hold or be eligible to hold full registration with the GMC/GDC, and Applicants to Public Health will still be subject to the RLMT.

Full details can be found in the 2020 Applicants Guide.


Scotland Deanery - further information

Visit the Scotland Deanery website for more information on training in Scotland, policies and programme management.


Improving Surgical Training

Learn more about the new Improving Surgical Training (IST) pilot programme.