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Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Recruitment

23rd March 2020 Update

Additional Applicant Information


17th March 2020 Update

Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and recent developments with regards to social distancing, a decision has been made to cancel all face to face specialty recruitment interviews with immediate effect.

We are currently revising all the recruitment processes to ensure selection can take place using different recruitment processes e.g. Skype interviews.

We are working with all the specialities and recruiters to confirm contingency plans and a revised recruitment timetable will be shared as soon as possible to ensure appointments can still be made for August 2020.

We have taken this decision during this exceptional circumstance in view of: 

  • Increased demand on the time of NHS staff in response to the pandemic
  • Trusts / Health Boards across the country instructing their staff not to travel
  • The need to support more vigilant public health measures and protect applicants and recruiters who would have been coming to recruitment events

We appreciate that this is a worrying time for applicants and further information and FAQs will be posted as soon as possible at:






Physician Specialty Recruitment in 2021

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:  https://www.st3recruitment.org.uk/documents

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:  https://healtheducationyh.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/imy3-expressions-of-interest

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


Shortage Occupation List Update

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.

Deanery: https://www.scotlanddeanery.nhs.scot/

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