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**

Further sources of information


The number of vacancies for each consortium are to be confirmed. 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 0 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 0
Scotland NHS Education for Scotland 0 0
Southeast     Health Education England - East of England 0 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 10:00 on Wednesday, 29th January 2020
Application Deadline At 16:00 on Wednesday, 19th February 2020
Interviews Monday 30th and Tuesday 31st March 2020
Initial Offers Released           By 17:00 on Thursday, 24th April 2020
Holding Deadline At 13:00 on Wednesday, 29th April 2020
Upgrade Deadline At 16:00 on Friday, 1st May 2020

Applications will only be accepted through the Oriel Recruitment Portal

For further guidance on creating an account, registering and submitting your application using the system please refer to the Oriel Applicant guide.

Application Deadline

The deadline for submitting applications is 16:00 on Wednesday, 19th February 2020. 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.

Eligibility & Longlisting

The eligibility criteria for National Paediatric Surgery ST3 2020 are listed in the Paediatric Surgery ST3 2020 Person Specification (above). 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 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.”


Interview Dates and Venue

The interviews for ST3 Paediatric Surgery will take place on 30th and 31st March 2020 at Don Valley House, Sheffield

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



You will be asked to rank your preferences using the Oriel Recruitmnent Portal. You will receive an email when Preferencing is available.

Allocation to Posts

Successful candidates will be allocated to posts in rank order:

  • The highest ranked candidate will be allocated to their first preferenced post.
  • The second ranked candidate will be allocated to their first preferenced post unless it has already been allocated to the first ranked candidate in which case they will be allocated their second preferenced post.
  • The third ranked candidate will be allocated to their first preferenced post unless it has already been allocated to the first or second ranked candidates. If it has, they will be allocated their second preferenced post unless this has been allocated to the first or second ranked candidates in which case they will be offered their third preference.

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.

Receiving and Responding to Offers

If you are offered a post you will have 48 hours from the time of your offer, excluding weekends (but not bank holidays), to decide whether to accept, reject or hold it. You must respond to the offer through the Oriel Recruitment Portal. No other form of response will be accepted.


For more information about responding to offers, please refer to the Oriel Applicant Guide which can be downloaded from



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.

Interview Ranking

You will be able to view your total interview score and rank online through your 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.

Interview Scores

Following the conclusion of the offers process, all applicants will be able to view a breakdown of their interview scores including the scores they achieved in each interview station online through their Oriel account.

Additional Information