The table below contains the timeline for recruitment for posts starting in 2021. Post numbers and assessment dates will be published on the tab for that round.

COVID-19 and contingency plans

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic the process for 2021 recruitment could be subject to change if the public health situation significantly worsens. Applicants will be informed as soon as possible if a change is required and there will be a news item confirming this. Information is published to the website about the contingency plan if interviews cannot be completed.

Round 2

Changes to the national timeline in 2021 to account for the COVID-19 pandemic, mean that it is currently being determined whether round 2 will go ahead this year and if so when it will be.

If you wish to be considered for an IMT/ACCS-AM post starting in 2021, you are advised to apply in round 1 as it cannot be guaranteed if round 2 will go ahead, and there are always substantially fewer programmes available in this round, so you will have a much greater chance if you apply in round 1.

Dates subject to change

Whilst we do not expect the timelines published to change, please be aware that this can never be guaranteed. As such, you are advised to check this page periodically.

Changes to any of the stages of the timeline will be reflected immediately on this page, as well as noted in a news item where considered necessary.

Timeline for 2021 IMT recruitment (round 1)
Specialty advertisements published (by) Monday 2 November 2020
Provisional post numbers published (by) Wednesday 4 November 2020
Applications

open - Thursday 5 November 2020  (10.00am, UK time)
close - Tuesday 1 December 2020 (4pm, UK time)

Longlisting completed Friday 18 December 2020
Shortlisting completed Tuesday 22 December 2020
Invitation to interview (by) Wednesday 23 December 2020
Interview booking deadline Wednesday 30 December 2020
Interviews held Monday 18 January - Friday 12 February 2021
Specific dates are available under the grey 2021 Round 1 tab at the top of this page
Programme preferences open (approximate dates) Friday 19 February - Wednesday 3 March 2021
Offers made the first set of offers will be made on Thursday 4 March 2021 (5pm UK time)
Interview feedback released (by) Thursday 18 February 2021
Offer holding deadline Wednesday 28 April 2021 (1pm UK time)
Offer upgrade deadline Friday 30 April 2021 (4pm UK time)
Post start date Wednesday 4 August 2021

In this section you can find:

  • The overall timetable for both rounds of the 2020 recruitment year (below). Post numbers and interview dates for both recruitment rounds will be confirmed and published closer to the time.
  • The interview dates and post numbers can be found on each round's tab.

Dates subject to change

Whilst we do not expect the timelines published to change, please be aware that this can never be guaranteed. As such, you are advised to check this page periodically.

Changes to any of the stages of the timeline will be reflected immediately on this page, as well as noted in a news item where considered necessary.

2020 round 1

Timeline for 2020 IMT recruitment (round 1)
Specialty advertisements published (by) Wednesday 30 October 2019
Provisional post numbers published (by) Friday 25 October 2019
Applications

open - Monday 11 November 2019 (11.30am, UK time)
close - Monday 2 December 2019 (4pm, UK time)

(Application dates for round 1 were extended due to an issue with the original application form

Longlisting completed Wednesday 18 December 2019
Shortlisting completed Thursday 19 December 2019
Invitation to interview (by) Friday 20 December 2019
Interview booking deadline Thursday 2 January 2020
Interviews held Monday 13 January - Friday 14 February 2020
Specific dates and centres are available under the grey Round 1 tab at the top of this page
Programme preferences open (approximate dates) Thursday 20 February - Wednesday 4 March 2020
Offers made the first set of offers will be made on  Thursday 5 March 2020 (5pm, UK time)
Interview feedback released Friday 13 March 2020
Offer holding deadline Friday 13 March 2020 (1pm, UK time)
Offer upgrade deadline Friday 20 March 2020 (4pm, UK time)
Post start date Wednesday 5 August 2020

Timeline - IMT 2020 - Round 2

Timeline for 2020 IMT recruitment (round 2)
Specialty advertisements published (by) Wednesday 12 February 2020
Applications open - Tuesday 25 February 2020 (10am, UK time) 
close - Thursday 12 March 2020 (4pm, UK time)
Longlisting completed (by) Thursday 26 March 2020
Shortlisting completed (by) Friday 17 April 2020
Confirmation if you will receive an offer Between Tuesday 14 April and Friday 17 April 2020
Some specific dates and centres are available under the grey Round 2 tab at the top of this page, those that are not yet confirmed will be added at a later date
Programme preferences open (approximate dates)

Thursday 23 April 2020 and Monday 11 May 2020

Offers made Monday 11 May 2020
Offer holding deadline Friday 29 May 2020
Offer upgrade deadline Friday 29 May 2020
Post start date Wednesday 5 August 2020 

Provisional programme numbers & interview dates

The information on this page will be updated once it can be confirmed.

It is the intention that initial programme numbers for all regions will be published prior to the application opening date, although this cannot be guaranteed. Numbers will be updated as and when notifications are received from each region and will be checked later in the round when programme preferences are open for selection.

Candidates can be interviewed at any of the available dates below, regardless of where they wish to work. When choosing your preferred date you should do this on the basis of your availability and the most convenient available. 

Interview dates

Round 1 interview dates will be on every weekday (Monday to Friday), except 8 February, between 18 January and 12 February

Each UK region is hosting interviews in this round. It makes no difference which region is hosting your interview as the interview is the same at all and your application is in consideration for all regions, regardless of who manages your interview. When you come to book a slot you will see which region is hosting the one on which you are booking so you know where to direct queries regarding attendance.

Competition ratios

While it is difficult to predict exactly the level of competition for IMT programmes, we have published data on previous years' recruitment to this website. This will give an indication of the possible competition rates in each region.

Provisional post numbers

RegionACCS-AM postsIMT posts
East Midlands

2 - 3

76-91

East of England

9

120 - 135

 London & KSS

(KSS)

2-4

(KSS)

100 - 140

(London)

0

(London) 

255 - 305

North East

6

50 - 75
North West

(Mersey) 

0

(Mersey)

75

(North Western)

0

(North Western)

108

South West

(Peninsula)  

0-2

(Peninsula)   

38-48

(Severn)  

4-8

(Severn)   

50-55

Thames Valley  3 52-56
Wessex

2

55 - 65

West Midlands

2

90 - 110
Yorkshire and the Humber

6

123-153

Northern Ireland

0

56

Scotland *

1

103

Wales

2

69 - 70


*Scotland post numbers

If you are interested in working in Scotland, a breakdown of post numbers by the four Scottish deaneries is available on the Scottish Medical Training website. This has details of all specialty training post numbers in Scotland, including specialties which are not part of the PSRO nationally-coordinated process.

Please note that whilst we endeavour to keep the IMT website up to date, the SMT website will always be the more accurate one where they differ.