Royal College of Physicians

United Kingdom

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Joint Royal College of Physicians Training Board
Specialty Recruitment Office (JRCPTB-SRO) /

Location / participating specialties & programmes

The JRCPTB coordinates national recruitment to CT1 posts in:

  • CT1 posts in core medical training (CMT) and acute care common stem (medicine) [ACCS-AM] for regions in the UK ST3 posts in 23 participating specialties (see below) in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.


A career as a physician is extremely rewarding. It offers training in the diagnosis and management of a wide breadth of clinical diseases and procedural skills. Training supports physicians to develop the skills, qualities and attitudes needed to deliver holistic, patient-centred care. Trainees have the potential to pursue a diverse range of careers paths with opportunity to specialise in 32 different clinical specialties.

Trainees wishing to become a physician need to apply after foundation training for a place on either a two-year core medical training (CMT) or three-year acute care common stem (ACCS-AM) programme, the first year of which is labelled ‘CT1’.

Upon successful completion of this training programme, trainees can apply for ST3-level specialty training.

Since 2008 (2009 for ST3), the JRCPTB has been responsible for designing and managing the recruitment process to both levels of medical training.

For CT1 recruitment in 2015, 97% of all available posts were filled in all participating deaneries across the entire UK; all eligible applicants in round 1 received a full assessment (application & interview), and the vast majority of applicants were interviewed at their preferred region choice.

ST3 recruitment is expected to see similar results in 2015, with 76% of NTNs filled in round 1 and over 97% of eligible candidates invited to interview across all specialties.

Both ‘sides’ of the recruitment process continue to receive very strong feedback from all parties involved – applicants, recruiters, clinical interviewers, deanery recruitment staff – and we are confident this will continue in 2016 and beyond.

Participating specialties

CT1 recruitment (Eng, NI, Scot, Wal)

  • core medical training acute care common stem [acute medicine]

ST3 recruitment (Eng, NI, Scot, Wal)

  • acute internal medicine, allergy, audiovestibular medicine, cardiology, clinical genetics, clinical pharmacology & therapeutics, combined infection training, dermatology, endocrinology & diabetes, mellitus, gastroenterology, genitourinary medicine, geriatric medicine, haematology, immunology, medical oncology, medical ophthalmology, neurology, palliative medicine, rehabilitation medicine, renal medicine, respiratory medicine, rheumatology, sport and exercise medicine  


Key personnel

Prof David Black, JRCPTB medical director

Dr Richard Butterworth, ST3 clinical lead

Mr Stephen Harding, JRCPTB recruitment manager

Dr Emma Vaux, CT1 clinical lead & JRCPTB associate medical director

MMC Recruitment responsibilities

For both CT1 and ST3 recruitment, two full, independent rounds of recruitment will be held, organised by JRCPTB-SRO on behalf of all regions across the UK.

Please visit the relevant recruitment website – or – for more information; or contact JRCPTB-SRO via email at or

Recruitment procedures

On both sides of the recruitment process, advertisements will be published to 28 days before the submission deadline. Applicants will be required to complete and submit an application form, which will be scored automatically by the online application system.

Following this, applicants who meet the necessary eligibility criteria (as set in the person specification) will be invited to interview based on the relevant interview capacity and application score. This application score will be weighted and combined with scores awarded at interview, to give a final, overall assessment score; post offers will be made on the basis of this.

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