The specialty recruitment office (SRO) team based in JRCPTB has been involved in managing and coordinating recruitment to UK specialty training posts since 2008.

In the intervening years, the success of the SRO's delivery of coordinated recruitment has seen the project grow to cover recruitment to 24 medical training programmes/specialties; at CT1/ST1 and ST3-levels of training, and across all four devolved UK nations.

Broadly, specialty recruitment is divided into two distinct processes - core (CT1) and specialty (ST3) recruitment.

CT1 recruitment

Core training in the programmes of acute care common stem: acute medicine (ACCS-AM) or core medical training (CMT) forms the first stage of training for most doctors training in physicianly specialties (ie hospital medicine).

The CMT curriculum is a sub-set of the curricula for general internal medicine and acute internal medicine; while ACCS-AM training runs parallel with CMT and will give a combined insight into four areas of medical work: acute medicine, emergency medicine, intensive care medicine, and anaesthetics.

Recruitment to all CT1 posts is coordinated via a single application/recruitment process, managed centrally by the JRCPTB SRO.

ST3 recruitment

Upon completion of core training (or equivalent), the next step for trainees seeking a career in UK physicianly medicine is to seek progression to higher specialty training in a chosen specialty programme.

Successful completion of higher specialty training can see trainees receive a certificate of completion of training (CCT) or certificate of eligibility for specialist registration (CESR), allowing progression to consultant status and/or consultant-level positions.

Recruitment to posts in our 24 partner specialties is organised via the national JRCPTB SRO recruitment process.