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 27 March 2020
Invitation to interview (sent by) Friday 27 March 2020
Interview booking deadline To be confirmed
Interviews held Tuesday 14 April - Friday 24 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 16 April - Monday 27 April

Offers made the first set of offers will be made no later than Tuesday 28 April 2020 (5pm, UK time)
Interview feedback released Friday 1 May 2020 (5pm, UK time)
Offer holding deadline Friday 1 May 2020 (9am, UK time)
Offer upgrade deadline Friday 1 May 2020 (5pm, UK time)
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 centres listed below, regardless of where they wish to work. When choosing your preferred centre you should do this on the basis of your availability and the most geographically convenient available. There is no benefit to being interviewed at one region over another based on where you want to train or any other reason.

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 interview dates and post numbers

RegionACCS-AM postsIMT postsInterview dates
East Midlands

3

84

Belfast

 29 Jan - 30 Jan 2020

Birmingham

23 Jan, 24 Jan & 27 Jan 2020

 Bristol Parkway 

 3 Feb, 4 Feb & 5 Feb 2020

Cambridge

28 Jan - 30 Jan 2020

Cardiff

29 Jan - 31 Jan 2020

Edinburgh

 29 Jan - 31 Jan 2020

Exeter

6 Feb 2020

Glasgow

20 Jan - 22 Jan 2020 

Leicester

22 Jan - 23 Jan 2020

  London

 27 Jan - 31 Jan & 3 Feb 2020

Manchester

14 Jan - 16 Jan 2020

Newcastle

 4 Feb - 5 Feb 2020 

Oxford

12 Feb - 13 Feb 2020

Plymouth

5 Feb & 7 Feb 2020

Sheffield

11 Feb - 12 Feb 2020

Winchester

6 Feb - 7 Feb 2020

East of England

8

 130-135

 London & KSS

(KSS)

0-4

(KSS)

100-135

(London)

0

(London) 

250-300

North East

6

70-85
North West

(Mersey) 

0

(Mersey)

75

(North Western)

0

(North Western)

108

South West

(Peninsula)  

2

(Peninsula)   

43-48

(Severn)  

5

(Severn)   

52-57

Thames Valley  3 56 
Wessex

2

50-60

West Midlands

2

100

Yorkshire and the Humber

6

147-152

Northern Ireland

0

56

Scotland *

8

96

Wales

2

73

*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.

Interview centres

The interview centres and dates will be published on this page once they have been confirmed nearer to the time.

Vacancies

Vacancies for round 2 largely depend on the number of programmes which are unfilled after the close of round 1; although it is common for new vacancies to be added which were not available in round 1.

The table below contains a breakdown of previous years' post numbers for round 2 as a guide since applications will close for round 2 before round 1 is fully completed.

Post numbers, round 2 2015 - 2019
Region        2015   2016 2017 2018                              2019
ACCS IMT ACCS IMT ACCS IMTACCSIMTACCSIMT
East Midlands 0 19 0 17 3 43 1 23 0 27
East of England  1 29 0 37 1 44 1 47 5 38
Kent, Surrey & Sussex 0 11 0 10 0 33 0 18 2 35
London 0 13 0 9 0 10 0 13 0 8
North East 1 27 0 40 1 46 2 21 2 26
NW Mersey 0

17

0

6

0 19 0 13 0 29
NW North Western 0 25 0 18 0 28 0 19 0 30
SW Peninsula

 1

2

 0

13

1 20 1 23 1 22
SW Severn 0 2 0 2 0 0 0 1 5 2
Thames Valley 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 4 0 4
Wessex 0 3 0 5 0 17 0 7 0 16
West Midlands 0 11 0 49 0 28 0 16 1 31
Yorkshire & Humber 1 51 1 69 0 88 0 72 1 42
Northern Ireland 0 0 0 40 0 36 0 19 0 17
Scotland 0 2 0 3 0 1 1 4 1 6
Wales 0 52 1 56 0 41 0 73 1 33
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