Recruitment into anaesthesia

Entry into the training programme

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

Here you can find information on:

  • Anaesthetics speciality recruitment
  • National recruitment
  • Medical and dental recruitment


National recruitment

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.

Short presentations on specific recruitment processes for CT1 and ST3 2021

Here are resources on the changed processes for 2021 recruitment for CT1 (Core Training Year 1) and ST3 (Speciality Training Year 3) anaesthesia training posts.

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:

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


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