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:
- Latest recruitment news
- Core and Higher Specialty Training
- ST4 Anaesthetics February 2024 Recruitment
- Information videos for trainees
- The recruitment functions of RCoA, NHS England/ANRO and MDRS
- RCoA Recruitment Committee
The College issued a statement in February 2023 on CT1 recruitment. please see attached
Core and Higher Specialty Training
The Anaesthetics National Recruitment Office (ANRO) oversee recruitment to core anaesthesia and ACCS anaesthesia (CT1), as well as recruitment to higher anaesthesia training posts (ST4). Information on how to apply, the national recruitment timeline, applicant guidance and person specifications can be found on the ANRO website.
We recommend all potential applicants read the person specifications to assess eligibility and qualifications required and the applicant guidance which sets out the whole process from application to offer.
For information on the anaesthesia training programme, the stages of training and the requirements for completion, please see our Training Hub.
ST4 Anaesthetics February 2024 Recruitment
The RCoA Recruitment Committee have produced information below, to support candidates applying for entry to ST4. These include;
- ST4 Self-assessment guidance (available on the ANRO website)
- CT3 Top up form, please see the signoff form for expected completion of CT3 top-up training by a UK anaesthetics College Tutor. You can download an editable Word version of the form here.
- Confirmation of Stage 1 Equivalence Certificate
- Long-listing requirements document
- Guidance for ST4 self- assessment evidence submission
Information videos for trainees
The RCoA Recruitment Committee have also produced simulated interview videos for CT1/ACCS (Anaesthetics) and ST4. We advise anyone preparing for this recruitment round to take a look at this link.
The online format for interview going forward is Qpercom and we will change our simulated videos to this platform soon. The content of the interview will stay the same.
The recruitment functions of RCoA, NHS England, ANRO and MDRS
The College works closely with external stakeholders who oversee the process of National Recruitment. The section below outlines the differing responsibilities of those involved in recruitment.
The Royal College of Anaesthetists (RCoA) is the professional body that is responsible for setting standards for anaesthetists and anaesthetists in training in the UK. Recruitment is integral to upholding training standards and making sure the right doctors are selected to the speciality. The RCoA support its own Recruitment Committee who are a group of experienced anaesthetic consultants , the chair of which represents the College as a stakeholder to NHS England (formerly known as HEE), ANRO and the Medical and Dental Recruitment and Selection (MDRS). The College advises these external stakeholders in providing clinical expert knowledge and input to the recruitment process. The College does not manage or control the recruitment process or set the number of training places.
ANRO sits within NHS England and is the responsible organisation for overseeing the whole of the national recruitment process for CT1 anaesthesia, ACCS anaesthesia and ST4 anaesthesia. They manage the policy and procedural formalities from job advert to job offer. ANRO liaise with local education offices and recruitment leads to coordinate and deliver recruitment. They feedback to the RCoA Recruitment Committee on fill rates, appeals, complaints and guide the recruitment process.
The Medical and Dental Recruitment Selection section of NHSE oversee all of specialty recruitment and represent the 4 statutory education bodies (4 nations). They ensure the standards in delivery of recruitment across all specialities are equitable and fair. They have representation from the BMA junior doctor representatives, the General Medical Council, National Institute for Health Research, Royal College recruitment representatives and Academy of Medical Royal Colleges representatives.
RCoA Recruitment Committee
The purpose of the Recruitment Committee (RC) is to represent the College on all aspects related to Recruitment. The committee discusses and reviews all aspects of the recruitment process set out by MDRS and ANRO and make appropriate recommendations that support doctors who wish to apply for an anaesthetic training post in the UK.
Recruitment follows the principles set out by MDRS. The role of this committee is to evaluate and implement these changes if deemed appropriate and provide recommendations to MDRS if they are not suitable for recruitment to Anaesthesia.
The Committee has dedicated consultant members who are passionate about the work they do in recruitment. The Committees wide spectrum of activities include input to the person specifications for CT1 and ST4, developing and improving the ST4 self-assessment and associated guidances and the banks of questions used at CT1 and ST4 interviews. They are also responsible for providing accurate educational material and communication to members and applicants.
The Committee is made up of members who have a wealth of experience of recruitment including representatives from the devolved nations, Regional Advisors, quality assurance lead, question bank leads, self- assessment leads, ACCS and FICM representatives and representatives from Anaesthetists in Training network, including members from ANRO and MDRS. They report directly to the Education, Training and Examinations Board and engage on a biannual basis to all of the stakeholders in recruitment to anaesthesia
Should you have any questions to be directed to the RCoA on recruitment please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org
Tel: 020 7092 1652