Trauma & Orthopaedic Surgery ST3
2019 National Recruitment

The National Recruitment Office for ST3 Trauma & Orthopaedic Surgery is Health Education England Yorkshire and the Humber. We are recruiting to posts across England and Scotland. All posts have the required educational and Dean’s approval.

Applications open at 10am on 30 January 2019 and will close at 4pm on 21 February 2019.  All interviews will take place in Leeds on 26, 27 & 28 March 2019.  Applicants will submit one application electronically for all vacancies via the Oriel recruitment portal. A summary of the recruitment process is provided below. Please refer to the Applicant Handbook (in the sidebar) for full guidiance.

Please note: Candidates applying in 2019 will not be required to submit Personal Skills Assessment forms as part of the recruitment process.

Further sources of information


A summary of indicative vacancy numbers across England and Scotland can be downloaded below:

Final vacancy details will be published here before applicants are asked to rank their preferences and offers are made.

Please note: All vacancy information is indicative and subject to change

Recruitment Timeline

Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery ST3 national recruitment will follow the timeline below:



Applications open  30 January 2019, 10am
Application deadline  21 February 2019, 4pm
Longlisting  TBC
Interviews  26, 27 & 28 March 2019
Initial offers released            by the 25 April 2019, 5pm
Holding Deadline  1 May 2019, 1pm
Upgrade Deadline  3 May 2018, 4pm

Applications will only be accepted through the Oriel recruitment portal.

Information about the Oriel recruitment portal is available on the national MDRS website.

For further guidance on creating an account, starting and submitting your application using Oriel please refer to the Applicant User Guide.

Application Deadline

The application deadline is 4pm on the 20 February 2019. 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 Trauma and Orthopaedics ST3 national recruitment are listed in the Trauma and Orthopaedics ST3 Person Specification (linked 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.”


There will be no shortlisting for Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery ST3 in 2019. All eligible applicants will be invited to attend an interview.


Interview Dates and Venue

Interviews will take place on 26, 27 & 28 of March 2019 at Elland Road Stadium, Leeds.

If you are invited to attend an interview, information about booking your interview slot and full travel directions will be included in invitation.

Documents Required at Interview

Full details will be available in the 'Trauma & Orthopaedics ST3: 2019 Applicant Handbook'.

Interview Format

Full details will be available in the 'Trauma & Orthopaedics ST3: 2019 Applicant Handbook'.

Travel and Subsistence Expenses

Applicants attending interviews are entitled to a travel and subsistence allowance. Guidance and an expense claim form can be found by following the link above. You are advised to read the guidance document in full before incurring any expenses.

Completed claim forms should be submitted to:

Specialty Recruitment Team
Health Education England
Willow Terrace Road
University of Leeds

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.



Ahead of offers being made you will be asked to rank your programme preferences using the Oriel recruitment portal. You will receive an email when 'preferencing' is available.


All offers for training posts will be made through the Oriel recruitment portal.

Allocation to posts

Training posts will be allocated to successful candidates in order of interview rank:

  • 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 sent by an employing organisation following completion of satisfactory pre-employment checks.

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 within the 48 hour deadline. 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 refer to the Oriel Applicant User Guide.


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 Rank

You will be able to view your total interview score and rank online through your Oriel account once offers have been released. Please note that a thorough quality assurance and validation process is carried out on all applicant scores following the interviews. No scores will be released until this process is complete.

Interview Scores and Feedback

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

Additional Information