This section gives guidance on completing and submitting your IMT application form. This includes some general notes about using the form and then a look at each section of the application form.
Please visit the dates & posts section of this website for information on application opening and closing dates.
The Oriel application system is already active and accessible, allowing you to access the system and begin registering your information prior to making an application, if you so wish.
In addition to the guidance provided here there is an Oriel Applicant Handbook available to download from the Oriel resource bank.
Before beginning your application form, please note the following general information:
- Application form fields - Each section within the form is made up of a series of fields - these can be drop-down menus, free-text boxes, explanatory text, help boxes, etc. Completion of some fields will be mandatory - ie where an answer must be given to allow you to progress. These will be indicated to you.
Save section - As you add information to your application, please remember you will need to save it to make sure it is retained; the system has a one hour inactivity time-out, after which you will be logged out and information not saved will be lost. The 'Save' button can be found at the top of each page. Additionally, when navigating away from a page it usually saves the page when doing so; this will be indicated on screen when this happens. Saving a page does not prevent you from editing the page again at any time up until you submit.
- Moving between different sections - once on a section of the form, it will not let you progress directly to subsequent pages until that page is complete. However, as long as you complete the Personal section, you can navigate back to this section and from here you can skip forwards to any of the other sections by clicking on the one you wish to access.
- Free-text boxes - These are relatively straightforward to use; the main point to note is that each will have a word limit which you cannot exceed. You need not be concerned with formatting such as bullet points as the field takes only basic text, however we encourage you to lay out the text so that it is easy to read.
Complete section - At the top of each page, you will be able to mark a page as completed once you are satisfied with its content. Please note this is purely for your reference. Provided the mandatory fields are all completed, the application can be submitted without first having to mark the page as completed.
Submitting - Please do be aware that apart from reference details and contact information, you cannot edit your application after it is submitted, under any circumstances. Therefore make sure you are satisfied with your application's content before you finally submit it.
Linking applications - It is not possible for candidates to formally link their applications. In the event that you and another candidate wish to, you are advised to select the same region preferences. Beyond this, formal linking is not possible. Should it appear that you and your partner will be placed in different regions, please contact IMTrecruitment@hee.nhs.uk as soon as possible so options can be investigated.
The application form is divided into 11 separate pages covering distinct areas, below is some information on each section which are most likely to generate queries.
Some of the pages here will copy over a large degree of information from the applicant registration process which you may have completed earlier, however you will still need to review them and complete any programme-specific fields. We will mark these below by adding [ square brackets ] around the sub-heading as need be.
Please note - as mentioned elsewhere, with the exception of personal contact details and references, it is not possible to amend your application form once it has been submitted; so please only submit finally once you are fully satisfied with your application.
This section requires personal details such as contact information, details of any disabilities which may affect your application, whether you are currently in a training post and factors affecting training once in post: whether you wish to train on a less than full-time basis or defer your start date. Common question areas include:
- '...relinquished/released/removed...' - you only need to record departure from an ACCS-AM/IMT (also including core medical training) training programme in the past if you had begun a post in the programme, and then departed from it at a later date. If you declined an offer in a previous round, or accepted one but withdrew before starting, you do not need to answer 'yes' to this question. If you answer yes to this question, you will be required to submit a form a by email, signed by the region at which you were previously training, by the closing date for applications; the form is available to download from the document library and details of where to send the form in the contacts section.
- Reapplying to the specialty whilst still in the programme - if you are currently working in an ACCS-AM/IMT (also including core medical training) training programme, and looking to continue your training in another region without a break in service, you will be required to submit the relevant form, by email, by the closing date for applications; the form is available to download from the document library and details of where to send the form in the contacts section.
- Disability requiring specific arrangements / adjustments - examples include: a disability which may potentially limit access to the interview centre or dyslexia - in which case you may able to claim additional time for reading scenarios at interview. If you are unsure whether it will have affect, contact IMTrecruitment@hee.nhs.uk or add it to the form and enquire with them after submitting your form.
- Guaranteed Interview Scheme (GIS) - to be eligible for the GIS you must have a disability or long-term health condition that is expected to last for at least 12 months and which puts you at a significant disadvantage in either obtaining or keeping jobs; you do not have to be registered as a disabled person to apply under this scheme. Those eligible for the GIS (and eligible for IMT) will be guaranteed an invitation to interview at one of their regional preferences. Go to the GOV.UK website for more information.
- Special circumstances - where you either: are the primary carer for someone who is disabled (as defined by the Equality Act 2010), or have a medical condition or disability for which ongoing follow up for the condition in a specified location is an absolute requirement, you could be eligible for this scheme.
If you wish to be considered, you will need to answer 'yes' to the question on the form and email the relevant form, together with evidence of your circumstances, to email@example.com. Guidance on what evidence you should provide can be found in the Specialty Recruitment Applicant Handbook, which is available in the resource bank of the Specialty Training website, along with the forms to be submitted.
Decisions will be made ahead of offers for that round. Those approved will be given special consideration to be allocated in their required geographical area, but must still score highly enough to be made an offer. The handbook gives more detail on how this will work.
- Deferred start date - usually a deferred start date can only be granted for statutory reasons (ill health, maternity leave, etc.). Please note this can include a period of illness or maternity leave prior to making an application that has delayed the achievement of foundation competence.
This page requires details of the following areas, the am I eligible? section of the website has further details about each one:
- GMC registration - your registration status with the GMC and your number if you have one. If you are not registered you will be asked to detail why you think you will be able to gain full registration by the time of appointment. Applicants who are applying under a different name to that held on the GMC register will have this highlighted to make sure the GMC number has been entered correctly. Please note that if you have only recently changed your name, this may not yet be available to Oriel and this could be why there is a discrepancy.
- Language skills - how you will be demonstrating you meet the English language eligibility requirement. There is no need to upload any evidence with your application; you will be emailed if this is required after submitting your form.
- Right to work in the UK - details of your residency or visa status. If your visa status is not present from the options available you should select 'My immigration status is not listed as an option' and use the box provided to explain your status.
Here you are required to read and answer the nine (yes/no) questions on criminal records and fitness to practise. Before answering the questions please carefully read the information on the page detailing what and why this information is required.
You are not required, or able, to provide any details on the application form beyond the yes/no but will be required to send details using a standard form once you have submitted your application; information should be sent no later than the application closing date.
For further advice about this section, please refer to the 'Completing the form' section of the Applying FAQs.
You must provide contact details, including email addresses, of three referees who have supervised your clinical training during the last two years of your employment or undergraduate training. One referee must be your current or most recent consultant or educational supervisor familiar with your clinical development.
You should contact your clinical referees in advance to confirm that they are willing to provide a reference and are available and able to do so in the time period required for selection and appointment; ensure they provide you with an email address they will regularly access as this will be used when requesting references.
It is possible to change your referees after submission of your form; giving you opportunity to add more recent supervisors since completing your application should you wish to do so. You can do this up until a reference has been submitted or until the reference submission closing date.
For further advice about references please refer to the 'Completing the form' section of the Applying FAQs.
This section asks for details of:
- Foundation competence - how you will demonstrate foundation competence. Many applicants will be required to attach documentation to their application demonstrating completion of foundation competences. To find out what you will need to provide and how to upload documentation see the extensive information on the foundation competences page.
- Accreditation of transferable competences - this question refers to applicants who have been working in one GMC approved specialty training programme and would like to have this training considered to reduce the length of their training programme in their new specialty. This only applies if specifically mentioned within the specialty’s curriculum and in ACCS-AM/IMT transferable competences can be accepted from Acute Care Common Stem (ACCS) Anaesthesia [Anaes], ACCS Emergency Medicine [EM] and ACCS Intensive Care Medicine [ICM]. Further details can be found in the curriculum, which is available on the JRCPTB website.
- Primary medical qualification - you are also required to enter details of your medical degree here, including contact details should a reference be required; this could apply where you graduated less than three years from the post start date.
This area of the application contains your medical employment history. If there are any gaps between posts in your history, of longer than 28 days, during the three years preceding the advertised CT1 start date (ie since July 2016), you will be required to make these explicit in this section.
The application form will require you to enter 3 years of employment history, so if you are a current F2 you will need to enter July 2016 to July 2017 as an employment gap and give 'undergraduate degree' as the reason.
If you have worked in lots of locum posts for short periods of time it is acceptable to use the employment gap section of the form to overview your work experience during these periods. When doing this you should enter the dates you are covering and then the text box to provide details on the specialty(ies) and level of employment and the whole time equivalent you worked during the time period.
The evidence page of the application form includes the areas on which all applications will be scored, on the basis of qualifications, achievements, publications, presentations, teaching, quality improvement and leadership. You will be required to select an option from the drop-down menu for each topic area. Within the drop-down menu, the higher options represent those which will contribute greater scores to your application form assessment.
Guidance on the available options and their corresponding scores can be found on the application scoring section of this website; it is essential that you refer to this when completing your application to ensure you are selecting the most appropriate options.
You must complete the corresponding text box to demonstrate why you chose that option. If you do not have an achievement in that area you just enter 'NA' in the text box.
There are five main areas of information on the supporting page:
- Academic clinical fellow (ACF) applicants – in order for an ACF post offer to be confirmed, applicants to ACF posts in the academic recruitment round are required to apply to the national IMT recruitment process so they can be clinically benchmarked. Questions in this section of the form will be used to identify you and to find out whether you are only applying to be clinically benchmarked, or if you are also interested in non-academic training. Applicants indicating they are only interested in ACF posts will have their application withdrawn once interview scores are confirmed. Those indicating they are interested in ACF and clinical posts will remain in contention for offers. In both cases, the outcome of the clinical interview will be fed back to the region offering the ACF post.
- MRCP(UK) examinations - this is not an essential requirement for progression to IMT, although the Part 1 examination is desirable, the information is used for management information on the MRCP(UK) progress of the whole IMT applicant population.
- Commitment to specialty - in this space you are asked to describe how you believe you meet the person specification and should include the particular skills and attributes that make you suitable for a career in medicine.
If you wish you can indicate a preference for either ACCS-AM or IMT and this will not jeopardise your application; although stating such a preference is not required or expected.
You are encouraged to provide fresh supporting information rather than repeat information from other sections. This section will not contribute to your application score, but commitment to specialty is a significant part of the interview so, should you be invited, your answer may be discussed at that stage.
- Achievements outside of medicine - it is not mandatory to answer this question but it is another opportunity for you to demonstrate how you meet the person specification. As with commitment to specialty, it does not contribute to your application score but will be reviewed, and may be discussed, at interview. It is recommended to refer to the person specification when considering information to include so you can link it to the personal skills required of applicants.
- Training courses - Give details of any training courses you have attended which you feel would be relevant to your application. There is a limit of four training courses you can include, so please only mention the most relevant to your application; although there is a text box if you wish to add information about further courses.
Regional preferences are not selected at time of application and therefore there will be nothing to complete on this page of the form. The application is made to all regions and preferences of individual programmes will be requested from candidates towards the end of the interview process. See the dates and posts section for details; although please note that dates are approximate and subject to change.
Regardless of where you are interviewed you will have the opportunity to preference programmes from across the whole UK; more information about this can be found in the programme preferences section of this website.
There will be multiple interview centres across the UK. You will not preference an interview centre at this stage in the process, and details of how this works are covered in the interview section of this website.