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Specialty Recruitment


Please note that there will be no face to face interviews taking place for 2021-22 recruitment due to the ongoing pandemic.

Applicants should consult the relevant Lead Recruiter's website via the Where to Apply section for more detailed information on the recruitment process for each specialty. 


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.


Internal Medicine Year 3 Recruitment

Applications for IMT3 recruitment open on Thursday 1st October and close on Thursday 29th October 2020. 

For full details regarding IMY3 recruitment please visit the IMT Recruitment Office website. 


Round 1

Applications for Round 1 specialties will open on Thursday 5th November (1000) and close on Tuesday 4th December (1600).

Please select the relevant pages via the menu on the left for further details. Information will be updated as soon as it is available for next year's recruitment. 

Adverts will appear on 2nd November on the Oriel Recruitment Portal where you must also apply. 




2020-21 Round 2 Re-advert Recruitment

R2R Applicant Guidance. Further information can be found here

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Below are links to frequently asked questions for trainees in relation to the impact COVID-19 has had on training in Scotland, as well as UK National Recruitment. Please note that these are updated on an ongoing basis so please check back regularly for updates. 

Scotland specific - can be found here on the Scotland Deanery website. 

UK National Recruitment - can be found here




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.