In this section you can find:

  • The overall timetable for both rounds of the 2019 recruitment year (below). Post numbers for both recruitment rounds will be confirmed and published closer to the time.
  • Round 1 interview dates and post numbers (click on the tab above).
  • Round 2 interview dates and post numbers (click on the tab above).

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.

2019 round 1

Timeline for 2019 IMT recruitment (round 1)
Specialty advertisements published (by)  Wednesday 31 October 2018
Provisional post numbers published (by) Friday 26 October 2018
Applications open -  Wednesday 7 November 2018   (10am, UK time)  
close -  Thursday 29 November 2018   (4pm, UK time)
Longlisting completed (by)  Wednesday 19 December 2018
Shortlisting completed
(by) Thursday 20 December 2018
Invitation to interview (sent by) Friday 21 December 2018
Interview booking deadline 2 January 2019
Interviews held Monday 14 January - Wednesday 20 February 2019
Specific dates are available under the grey Round 1 tab at the top of this page
Programme preferences open (approximate dates)

open - Friday 15 February 2019

close - Monday 25 February 2019

Offers made the first set of offers will be made no later than Monday 4 March 2019 (5pm, UK time)
Interview feedback released Friday 8 March 2019
Offer holding deadline Friday 8 March 2019   (1pm, UK time)
Offer upgrade deadline Friday 15 March 2019  (4pm, UK time)
Post start date Wednesday 7 August 2019

2019 round 2

Timeline for 2019 IMT recruitment (round 2)
Specialty advertisements published (by)  Wednesday 13 February 2019
Applications open -  Tuesday 26 February 2019   (10am, UK time)  
close -  Thursday 14 March 2019   (4pm, UK time)
Longlisting completed (by)  Monday 25 March 2019
Shortlisting completed (by) Tuesay 26 March 2019
Invitation to interview (sent by) Friday 26 March 2019
Interviews held Wednesday 10 April - Friday 26 April 2019
Specific dates will be available on the Round 2 page when confirmed.
Programme preferences open (approximate dates)

open - Thursday 18 April

close - Friday 26 April

Offers made the first set of offers will be made no later than Tuesday 30 April 2019 (5pm, UK time)
Offer holding deadline Friday 3 May 2019   (9am, UK time)
Offer upgrade deadline Friday 3 May 2019  (5pm, UK time)
Post start date Wednesday 7 August 2019

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

 30 Jan - 31 Jan 2019

Birmingham

24 Jan, 29 Jan & 30 Jan 2019

 Bristol Parkway 

 29 Jan - 30 Jan 2019

Cambridge

15 Jan - 17 Jan 2019

Cardiff

16 Jan - 17 Jan 2019

Edinburgh

 29 Jan - 31 Jan 2019

Exeter

24 Jan 2019

Glasgow

23 Jan - 25 Jan 2019 

  London

 28 Jan - 4 Feb 2019

Manchester

15 Jan - 17 Jan 2019

Newcastle

 5 Feb - 6 Feb 2019 

Oxford

7 Feb - 8 Feb & 14 Feb 2019

Plymouth

22 Jan & 25 Jan 2019

Sheffield

11 Feb - 12 Feb

East of England

9

 134

 London & South East

(KSS)

1-4

(KSS)

 95-130

(London)

N/A

(London) 

245-305

North East

6

 75-78
North West

(Mersey) 

0

(Mersey)

75

(North Western)

5

(North Western)

108

South West

(Peninsula)  

2

(Peninsula)   

40

(Severn)  

9

(Severn)   

55-60

Thames Valley  3 50-60 
Wessex

2

52-60

West Midlands

2

100

Yorkshire and the Humber

6

 110

Northern Ireland

0

57

Scotland *

6

95

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

In round 2 all interviews for the round are expected to be held across four interview centres in the following locations: London, Newcastle, Southampton and a venue in the East Midlands which is to be confirmed. As in round 1, candidates will remain in contention for all vacancies available nationally, regardless of where the interview takes place. 

When the centres and dates are confirmed they will be published here.

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.

Once round 1 is complete, a table will be added with the numbers available for each region; this will be in approximately mid-March.

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

Post numbers, round 2 2015 - 2018
Region        2015   2016 20172018
ACCSIMT ACCSIMT ACCSIMTACCSIMT
East Midlands 0 19 0 17 3 43 1 23
East of England  1 29 0 37 1 44 1 47
Kent, Surrey & Sussex 0 11 0 10 0 33 0 18
London 0 13 0 9 0 10 0 13
North East 1 27 0 40 1 46 2 21
NW Mersey 0

17

0

6

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

 1

2

 0

13

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