National Neurosurgery ST1 & ST2 Recruitment.

2021

There will be no face to face interviews in 2021, all interviews will be carried out remotely (dependant on future COVID developments/restrictions).  

National Neurosurgery will be recruiting  to ST1 and ST2 level only in 2021.  We are no longer recruiting to ST3 level.  For eligibility please refer to the 2021 person specifications which can be found on the Specialty Training website.

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.

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.

Further sources of information:

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. 

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.

https://specialtytraining.hee.nhs.uk/

 

 

Vacancies

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

 

LETB                                             

ST1 or ST2  

LAT     

    

 
East Midlands HEEM     N/A        
East of England EEEOE     N/A        
London & South East/KSS     N/A        
North West HENW     N/A        
North West (Mersey) NENW/M     N/A        
North East HENE     N/A        
Thames Valley HETV     N/A        
Scotland SCOT     0        
Severn/South West Peninsular HESW     N/A        
Wales WALES              
Wessex HEW     N/A        
West Midlands HEWM     N/A        
Yorkshire & the Humber - West HEYH/W     N/A        
Yorkshire & the Humber - South HEYH/S     N/A        

All vacancy information is indicative and subject to change.

Recruitment Timeline

The recruitment process for Neurosurgery will follow the timeline below:

Activity

Date(s)

Applications Open

Thursday 5th November 2020 @ 10am

Application Deadline

Tuesday 1st December 2020 @ 4pm

Shortlisting

January 2021

MSRA 

28th January - 12th February 2021

Interview Invites Released 

TBC

Interviews 

18th & 19th March 2021*

Initial Offers Released by

Monday 19th April 2021 by 5pm

Holding Deadline

Wednesday 28th April 2021 @ 1pm

Upgrade Deadline

Friday 30th April 2021 @ 4pm

Hierarchal Deadline

Tuesday 4th May 2021 @ 4pm

*All dates and times are indicative and subject to change.

Applications

Applications will only be accepted through the Oriel Online Recruitment system. For further guidance on creating an account, registering and submitting your application using the system please refer to the Oriel Applicant User Guide.

Creating an account

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.

Completing your application

The application forms will open at 10:00 on 5th November 2020. Use the Vacancy Search tool to navigate to the application form and click “Apply”.
There are a number of sections within the application form:

  • Personal Details

  • Eligibility

  • Fitness to Practise

  • References

  • Evidence of Competences and Experience

  • Employment History

  • Evidence of Selection Criteria

  • Supporting Information

  • Equality & Diversity

  • Monitoring Form

  • Declarations

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.

Application Deadline

The deadline for submitting applications is 4pm on 1st  December 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.

Application Status

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.

Eligibility & Longlisting

The eligibility criteria for Neurosurgery are listed in the 2021 Person Specifications.

Experience

ST1

24 months’ or less clinical experience, of which no more than 12 months (maximum) experience in any combination of the following specialties; Neurosurgery, Neurology, Neuro-radiology and Neuro-intensive care

ST2

  1. Current employment in a UK Neurosurgery training programme at the time of application and ST1 competences will be achieved in a UK Neurosurgery training programme by the time of appointment.

  2. ALL other applicants should have the alternative certificate of competence completed. Failure to do so will result in exclusion from the application process.

(All experience above is by time of intended start date and excluding foundation modules)

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.”

Immigration

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.  

 

Shortlisting

Shortlisting will take place in January 2021.

MSRA

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.

 

 

Interviews

Interview Dates 

The interviews for Neurosurgery will take place on:

18th & 19th March 2021 (these dates are subject to change)

Digital Scoring

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.

Interview Format 

The interview will consist of one interview panel designed to assess the selection criteria detailed on the 2021 Person Specification.

The interview will be split into 2 sections:

Clinical Scenario

You will be interviewed and scored by 2 trained panel members

Management

You will be interviewed and scored by 2 trained panel members

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. 

Travel and Subsistence Expenses

Not applicable for 2021 as there will be no necessity to travel for your interview.

 

Offers

Oriel Online Offers System

All recruitment offers will be using the Oriel Online Recruitment system to make offers to training posts in 2021.

 

Preferencing

You will be asked to rank your preferences using the Oriel Recruitment 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 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

Feedback will be provided at three stages of the recruitment process:

Longlisting

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 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.

Interview Scores

Scoresheets, including panel member comments, will be emailed to you when the process is complete.

2020 Results 

Level Posts Applications Submitted Candidates Interviewed Lowest Shortlisting Score to be invited to interview Lowest Score to receive an offer (weighted score)
ST1 26 220 61 59.5 244.39
ST3 1 22 4 61.6 267.41

 

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