Recruitment into anaesthesia

Entry into the training programme

The College provides support to the anaesthesia recruitment process in the UK. This page has useful information and links on how to enter the anaesthesia training programme

The Anaesthetics National Recruitment Office manage core training and higher specialty recruitment to anaesthetics training posts (including Acute Care Common Stem).

Information on how to apply, the national recruitment timeline, and applicant guidance and other useful information can be found on the NHS Health Education West Midlands website.

Medical and Dental Recruitment and Selection

For applicants looking to apply to a specialty the following information will be held on the Medical and Dental Recruitment and Selection website:

  • 2019 person specifications
  • indicative vacancy information
  • competition ratios
  • applicant guide
  • links to individual specialty recruitment pages.

ORIEL

ORIEL is a recruitment portal for all medical and dental training posts.  For more information on ORIEL, please go to the NHS Health Education West Midlands and Medical and Dental Recruitment and Selection website

European Economic Area Eligibility

For entry to ST3 applicants are required to hold evidence of completion of the UK core anaesthetic training programme (or equivalent) and success in the UK Primary FRCA. However, in accordance with EU directive 2005/36/EC it is possible for certain individuals to provide alternative evidence in order to fulfil this requirement. For more details, please see document.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Please refer to our most asked questions below, for recruitment into anaesthesia

For CT1 if you have not completed a UK foundation programme then there is an equivalent core certificate you may be able to produce, which is the 'certificate of Readiness to enter speacialty training'. The certificate and information on this can be found on the Medical and Dental Recruitment and Selection website under 'resource bank'- the link to the Medical webite is above FAQs on this page.

If you are an Irish Trainee who has the Irish exam then you may be eligible to apply for ST3 under the EU directive (please see the guidance for EU directive above).  You would also need to provide evidence to the RCoA as per the eligibility guide in which you must demonstrate that the first two years in the Irish programme is equivalent/comparable to that of the UK training programme.  Further to this you must also provide a letter confirming that your training meets the EU directive 2005/36/EC from the equivalent of the UK General Medical Council in the country where your training was completed. 

If the college is satisfied that the evidence you have provided demonstrates that you meet the criteria for EEA eligibility route, then the College will inform the Anaesthetics National Recruitment Office (ANRO) of this decision in writing, and you will also receive a copy.

Please note that college assessment of your EEA eligibility and your application for specialty training are separate processes. If you are deemed EEA eligible, you must still apply through the recruitment portal ORIEL for anaesthetic specialty training.

If you are deemed elligible for ST3 then you would be on route for a CESR via the combined programme route.

If you are a spanish trainee (*any EEA) who has passed the respective examination then you may be eligible to apply for ST3 under the EU directive (please see the guidance for EU directive above).  You would also need to provide evidence to the RCoA as per the eligibility guide in which you must demonstrate that the first two years in the spanish (*any EEA) training programme is equivalent/comparable to that of the UK training programme.  Further to this you must also provide a letter confirming that your training meets the EU directive 2005/36/EC from the equivalent of the UK General Medical Council in the country where your training was completed. 

If the college is satisfied that the evidence you have provided demonstrates that you meet the criteria for EEA eligibility route, then the College will inform the Anaesthetics National Recruitment Office (ANRO) of this decision in writing, and you will also receive a copy.

Please note that college assessment of your EEA eligibility and your application for specialty training are separate processes. If you are deemed EEA eligible, you must still apply through the recruitment portal ORIEL for anaesthetic specialty training.

If you are deemed elligible for ST3 then you would be on route for a CESR via the combined programme route.

 

If you are a trainee from overseas wanting to apply to the anaesthesia training programme then you would need to;

  • show evidence that you have the equivalent experience of that of the UK training programme (please also refer to Annex B of the curriculum to get an idea of core competencies)
  • hold the UK Primary FRCA 
  • already be working in the UK
  • must provide a core level equivalent certificate that will need to be signed by the Regional Adviser Anaesthesia or Deputy regional adviser in the UK region/trust you are working in.

Please also note that you would have to obtain GMC registration to work in the UK.

 

For entry to ST3 you must have passed the Primary FRCA.

Although the EDAIC may be accepted as exemption exam for the Final FRCA, but it may not be accepted for progression through a training programme. However under the EU Directive if you are for example an Irish national, an europeon national then you may be eligible to apply for ST3 with the exemption exam.

For entry to ST3 you must have passed the Primary FRCA.

Although the FCAI may be accepted as exemption exam for the Final FRCA, but it may not be accepted for progression through a training programme. However under the EU Directive if you are for example an Irish national, an europeon national then you may be eligible to apply for ST3 with the exemption exam.

If you are already working in a non-training post within the UK and you want to apply for ST3 training then you must;

  • show evidence that you have the equivalent experience of that of the UK training programme (please also refer to Annex B of the curriculum to get an idea of core competencies)
  • hold the UK Primary FRCA 
  • must provide a core level equivalent certificate that will need to be signed by the Regional Adviser Anaesthesia or Deputy regional adviser in the UK region/trust you are working in.

For entry to ST3 you must have passed the Primary FRCA.

However as you would be aware, the MTI scheme is designed for doctors to come to the UK for a limited period of time, 2 years, before returning to their home country to put in practise the skills learnt in the NHS. We granted approval on those basis and whilst we understand that personal circumstances may change over time, we also need to ensure that the scheme maintains its philanthropic aims.

 

Recruitment

Tel: 020 7092 1652

Email: recruitment@rcoa.ac.uk