The national Recruitment Office for Neurosurgery is Health Education England - Yorkshire and the Humber Office. We are recruiting to posts across England and Scotland. All posts have the required educational and Dean's approval.
Applicant MRSA Guidance
Further sources of information:
2018 Shortlising Descriptors
Alternative Certificate ST3
Structured Educational Supervisors Report
Once confirmed the number of vacancies for each Local HEE Office/NES/Deanery will be listed below. For information about the posts in each region please follow the links below to view the individual Local HEE Office websites.
NB Post numbers will be updated as and when they are submitted
All vacancy information is indicative and subject to change.
The recruitment process for Neurosurgery will follow the timeline below:
NB All dates and times are indicative and subject to change.
You will need to create an account on the Oriel Online Recruitment system before you can start your application. On the homepage, click “Register Here” and complete the short applicant registration form.
The application forms will open at 10:00 on 8th November 2017. Use the Vacancy Search tool to navigate to the application form and click “Apply”.
There are a number of sections within the application form:
Please complete all sections in full before submitting your application. Once you have submitted your application, the only sections you will be able to change are your personal details and your references.
For the questions on: undergraduate, publications, presentations, clinical audit, teaching, organisations and practical skill the answers are limited to 200 characters.
The deadline for submitting applications is 4pm on 30th November 2017. After this time no applications will be accepted. There will be no exceptions to this deadline. You are advised to complete and submit your application ahead of the deadline to allow for any unforeseen problems.
You can track the progress of your application by checking the Application Status through your Oriel account. When your application status changes you should receive an email informing you of the change.
The eligibility criteria for Neurosurgery are listed in the 2018 Person Specifications.
Please note that neurosurgical-related training includes up to 6 months in:
Candidate who are currently in a CT1 or CT2 post of Core Surgical Training are eligible for ST1 unless they have previous surgical experience.
It is an applicant’s responsibility to demonstrate that they meet the eligibility criteria.
All applications will be assessed against the eligibility criteria during longlisting. Any applications which do not meet the eligibility criteria will be longlisted out of the process and will not progress to the next stage.
“By allowing applicants to progress to the interview stage, Health Education England working across Yorkshire and the Humber HAS NOT accepted or confirmed that applicants meet all eligibility requirements. This includes immigration status, evidence of achievement of Foundation competencies or equivalent, and requisite length of time in training as per the relevant national person specification. This list is not exhaustive, and is applicable to all eligibility criteria. Applicants may still be withdrawn from the application process at any stage, including after the interviews have taken place, if the evidence pertaining to an eligibility criterion is found to be unsatisfactory by Health Education Yorkshire and the Humber.”
Eligibility Criteria for recruitment to Specialty Training 2018 – Immigration Requirements
The following advice on when to apply for specialty training applies for doctors applying for entry to programmes:
You are eligible to be considered for specialty training in Round 1:
For further information please visit UK Border Agency website.
2018 Shortlisting Descriptors
All applicants will be required to sit the MSRA.
The Multi-Specialty Recruitment Assessment (MSRA) is a computer-based assessment, delivered in partnership with Work Psychology Group and Pearson VUE, has been designed to assess some of the essential competences outlined in the CT/ST1 Person Specifications and is based around clinical scenarios.
The purpose of the MRSA in the neurosurgery shortlisting process is to give applicants the opportunity to demonstrate the knowledge and skills that they have acquired during foundation training and medical school. It also tests professional capabilities and decision making which are key components of neurosurgical practice and complements the selection centre. It will account for 40% of the total shortlisting score. Further details about the MRSA is to be found in the MRSA Applicant Guide and MRSA Test Blueprint Information that is available on the Neurosurgery page of our website.
All neurosurgery applicants are required to sit the MSRA in the first recruitment round of any given recruitment year. There are no exceptions or exemptions to this requirement.
The MSRA is delivered on a number of consecutive days throughout the whole of the UK in a large number of Pearson VUE Computer Testing Centres.
All applicants who reside in or, are in employment in the UK (including the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man) during the assessment window are expected to attend a UK test centre.
The interviews for Neurosurgery will take place in Sheffield @ SUFC Bramall Lane
Digital scoring has been implemented for all recruitment in England. The panel will be using tablets to record scores and comments instead of the paper scoresheets. The benefits of this digital scoring system are:
- Removes the risk of clerical errors related to manual transcription of scores from paper scoresheets
- Allows all applicants to be provided with feedback on their performance
Scoresheets, including panel member comments, will be emailed to you.
Please see details in the 2018 Applicant Guide
The documents you will need to bring to the interview is currently under review. This information will be released ASAP.
NB Your portfolio MUST NOT contain Patient Identifiable Data (PID) and must only include your own original work. In previous years there have been examples where some applicants have presented work which is not their own. This is in breach of the Confidentiality Guidance (2009) and is a fitness to practice matter. If this happens evidence will be taken and the person concerned reported to the GMC. By allowing applicants to progress to the interview stage, Yorkshire and the Humber Deanery HAS NOT accepted or confirmed that applicants meet all the eligibility requirements. This includes immigration status, evidence of achievement or Foundation competencies or equivalent, and requisite length of time in training as per the relevant national person specification. This list is not exhaustive, and is applicable to all eligibility criteria. Applicants may still be withdrawn from the application process at any stage, including after the interviews have taken place, if the evidence pertaining to an eligibility criterion is found by Yorkshire & the Humber Deanery to be unsatisfactory. Applicants with a disability wishing to review access to the venue or who feel their disability requires special consideration for the interview process should contact Specialty Recruitment Team.
Applicants attending interviews are entitled to a travel and subsistence allowance. A claim form can be downloaded from the Downloads section on the right of this page. You are advised to read the guidance document in full before incurring any expenses.
Completed claim forms should be submitted to:
Health Education England, Yorkshire and the Humber Office
Don Valley House
Savile Street East
Claim forms must be received within three months of your interview date. Claim forms received after three months will not be processed. Receipts must be attached for all travel and subsistence claimed except mileage.
All recruitment offers will be using the Oriel Online Recruitment system to make offers to training posts in 2018.
You will be asked to rank your preferences using the Oriel Recruitment Portal. You will receive an email when preferencing is available.
Successful candidates will be allocated to posts in rank order:
This process will continue until all posts are allocated or there are no more appointable candidates.
Any offer made through this recruitment process is an offer of an allocation to a training programme; it is not an offer of employment. Offers of employment can only be by an employing organisation following completion of satisfactory pre-employment checks.
If you are offered a post you will have 48 hours from the time of your offer, excluding weekends but notbank holidays, to decide whether to accept, reject or hold it. You must respond to the offer through the Oriel Recruitment System. No other form of response will be accepted.
IF YOU DO NOT RESPOND TO YOUR OFFER WITHIN 48 HOURS, THE OFFER WILL EXPIRE AND THE POST WILL BE OFFERED TO ANOTHER APPLICANT. YOU WILL NOT RECEIVE ANY FURTHER OFFERS.
For more information about responding to offers, please see Oriel Applicant Guide which can be downloaded from the Oriel Resource Bank.
Feedback will be provided at three stages of the recruitment process:
If you are not longlisted you will be provided with the reasons for this. If you are longlisted you will receive an email inviting you to book an interview.
You will be able to view your total interview score and rank online through their Oriel account once offers are released. Please note that a thorough Quality Assurance and validation process is carried out on all applicants’ scores following the interviews. No scores will be released until this process is complete.
Scoresheets, including panel member comments, will be emailed to you when the process is complete.
Lowest Shortlisting to be invited to interview
Minimum Appointability Score (raw score)
Lowest Score to receive an offer (weighted score)
166.40 (out of 256)
174.64 (out of 236)
Maximum Station Scores:
tlisting (inc SRA)
Click the links below to view information about:
All information contained on this page is indicative and subject to change.
To apply, please visit the Oriel Recruitment System.
Contact the Specialty Recruitment Helpdesk