National Paediatric Surgery ST3 Recruitment


The national Recruitment Office for ST3 Paediatric Surgery is Health Education England - Yorkshire and the Humber. We are recruiting to posts across the United Kingdom. All posts have the required educational and Dean’s approval.

Higher Training in Paediatric Surgery aims to provide comprehensive and enjoyable training in all aspects of Paediatric Surgery including neonatal surgery, general paediatric surgery, paediatric urology and paediatric trauma. Opportunities for research and overseas experience will be accommodated wherever possible and appropriate.

Training centres in Paediatric Surgery have been organised into regional consortia which are able to provide broad exposure to Paediatric Surgery. If appointed, trainees will be required to train in a number of locations within the consortium.

A brief summary of the recruitment process is provided below, but please refer to the Applicant Handbook for a full guide.

** Please note ACF trainees appointed at Core Training Level do not need to be rebenchmarked when then they reach ST3, they simply 'run through' their training**


Completion of Self Assessment for 2021 Applications

Whilst completing your application for Paediatric Surgery and in particular submitting answers within the self assessment form please note, no candidates should be disadvantaged in light of any redeployment they have had to undertake due to COVID.

Therefore please complete your Self Assessment to reflect what posts you should have been undertaking and not those which you were deployed into and provide the relevant evidence of this when the Self Assessment Evidence upload period is open.


Candidate Webinar

On 22 October 2020, The MDRS senior team held a webinar to address questions from candidates applying to all specialties in 2021 as well as offering guidance and advice. We recommend all candidates watch this in addition to reading the guidance. Please do note that the information was correct at the time of it being presented. the webinar can be found here.


New Immigration Ruling: 

With effect from 6 October 2019, all medical practitioners are on the Shortage Occupation List.  This means that with the exception of all applicants to Public Health, all specialty recruitment applicants will be exempt from the RLMT; there will be no restriction on their appointment. 

Further sources of information


Important Information

For information and FAQ’s about how COVID-19 is affecting Medical and Dental recruitment, please see the information available on the specialty training website.


The number of vacancies for each consortium are to be confirmed.

A breakdown of NTN vacancies will be displayed below when available 

We currently expect there to be no English LAT vacancies in 2021. 

PLEASE NOTE:- The number of preferences a candidate receives in Oriel may be different to the number of vacancies. This is because some Preferences will have more than 1 vacancy. 

For information about the posts in each consortium please follow the links below to view the Local HEE Office / Deanery websites:


Local Office / Deanery

ST3 Vacancies

LAT Vacancies

Birmingham, Bristol and Cardiff   Health Education England - South West 0 0
Wales Deanery
Health Education England - West Midlands
Manchester and Liverpool  Health Education England - North West 2 0
Northern   Health Education England - East Midlands




Health Education England - North East
Health Education England - Yorkshire & the Humber
Northern Ireland Northern Ireland Medical and Dental Training Agency 0 2
Scotland NHS Education for Scotland 1 0
London and South East    Health Education England - East of England 6 0
Health Education England - Kent, Surrey & Sussex
Health Education England - North, Central and East London
Health Education England - North West London
Health Education England - South London
Health Education England - Thames Valley
Health Education England - Wessex

All vacancy information is indicative and subject to change.

Recruitment Timeline

The recruitment process for ST3 Paediatric Surgery will follow the timeline below:



Applications Open At 10am, Thursday 26 November 2020
Application Deadline At 4pm, Thursday 17 December 2020
Interviews Tuesday 30 and Wednesday 31 March 2021
Initial Offers Released           By 5pm, Wednesday 5 May 2021
Holding Deadline At 1pm, Tuesday 11 May 2021
Upgrade Deadline At 4pm, Wednesday 12 May 2021

Interview Dates and Venue

The dates for interviews for ST3 Paediatric Surgery are still to be determined. 

Documents Required at Interview

There are a number of documents that you are required to bring with you to interview, see the Applicant Handbook for further details.

Interview Format

See Applicant Handbook when available

Travel and Subsistence Expenses

Please see details within the Applicant Handbook

Additional Information