The first requirement on the IMT person specifications is that you must be qualified to practise medicine, and therefore must have qualified from a recognised medical school. This criterion will ultimately be demonstrated by gaining full GMC registration.

You are thus required to have an MBBS or equivalent medical qualification. To provide details of this:

On your application: under the 'Entry qualification' section of the competences page, answer the questions as appropriate on your qualification and medical school/university

At interview: if further documentation is required, the region assessing your application will notify you ahead of interview.

You will be required to declare any criminal convictions or issues in relation to your fitness to practise.

For propriety, such declarations need to include all convictions, regardless of whether or not they can be regarded as 'spent'; this includes driving offences, with the exception of fixed penalty notices and parking offences.

This will be assessed from your application, at interview, via your references, and will be checked prior to you taking up any employment offered.

The application form will contain a full page dedicated to nine fitness to practise issues.

Should you answer 'yes' to any of the nine corresponding questions, you will be required to give further details. This information should be supplied using the designated 'Fitness to Practise Declaration Form' by the application closing date. The form can be downloaded from the resource bank of the MDRS Specialty Training website and should be emailed to IMTrecruitment@rcplondon.ac.uk

In addition to demonstrating you have  the experience requirements , there are three related requirements to your career stated on the person specifications:

  • ability to provide a complete employment history
  • evidence that career progression is consistent with personal circumstances
  • evidence that present achievement and performance is commensurate with totality of period of training.

Information on these can be provided as follows:

On your application : complete in full the employment section of the form.

At interview : your application and training to date will be discussed in station 1 of the interview

You must meet professional health requirements in line with GMC standards, as described in Good Medical Practice.

Provide information on this as follows:

On your application: within the declarations page, you will declare your understanding that employment will be subject to satisfactory medical clearance, and your awareness of GMC guidelines on fitness to practise

At interview: none

The person specifications have an explicit requirement for all applicants to have gained an Advanced Life Support Certificate from the Resuscitation Council UK (or equivalent) by the post start date.

The UK Resuscitation Council (RC[UK] website) is keen to ensure strict quality control and standardisation of experience/skills gained in resuscitation training. As such, there are strict guidelines applied on which courses/certificates can be classed as equivalent to the RC(UK) certificate.

RC(UK) course certificates are recognised across Europe and are valid for four years (ILS/PILS are valid for one year).

The holder of any RC(UK) course certificate has achieved a standard defined by the RC(UK); the tight quality control applied to the course programmes, the teaching scenarios, the instructors and the assessment provides some assurance of this standard.

Since RC(UK) have no such information on, or control over, the standards of potential 'equivalent' courses, RC(UK) clearly cannot offer any similar guarantee concerning successful participants.

However; ALS certificates provided by the European Resuscitation Council (ERC) (ERC website) or Australian Resuscitation Council (ARC) (ARC website) are recognised by RC(UK), as these organisations use the same programme, teaching material and assessment process.

So in summary: ALS courses/certificates from only the UK , European and Australian Resuscitation Councils can be accepted as meeting the requirement for advanced life support training.

Courses not included

Although the list below is not intended to be an exhaustive list of courses which are not included, some which are commonly mistaken to be equivalent but do not meet the criteria include:

  • ACLS (advanced cardiac life support)
  • ATLS (advanced trauma life support) courses
  • paediatric versions of ALS.

Providing information

You can provide information as follows:

On your application: you will be asked whether or not you have a valid ALS certificate on the application form and the date of completion

At interview: your ALS certificate will not be checked at interview, but will be requested by your employer at a later date