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The Application Process

Clinical Teaching Fellowship (CTF)

East Midlands LETB are excited to announce that we will be recruiting an Innovative project of two four year Clinical Teaching Fellowship (CTF) Programmes. These programmes will include three years of GP training and 12 months of an attachment to Leicester University Medical School as a Clinical Teaching Fellow (CTF).  During the educational component Fellows will develop teaching skills and be involved in educating medical students.  Fellows will be registered for the Post-graduate Teaching Certificate Module A leading to 40M level credits and recognition through the Higher Education Academy.

Recruitment to these posts will follow the same process as applying for a standard GP Recruitment Programme by applying to East Midlands Health Education England. Please note these are different to the two Academic Clinical Fellowship post that East Midlands HEE are also recruiting too, please do not tick the ACF box on the application form for these posts. You must register your interest in applying for these posts by emailing DanielleMiller@nhs.net.

If successful after GP Stage 2 Assessment (CBT), you will be invited to attend an interview with the Clinical Teaching Fellowship Team on Thursday 6th February 2014, this will take place on the same day as your GP Stage 3 (Selection Centre). If unsuccessful at Stage 3, you cannot be appointed to the CTF posts. After the interview you will be ranked by the panel, with offers made in rank order.

GP Recruitment Process and Dates

The National GP Selection process for GP training consists of competency based questions and exercises. The first stage of the process is completing the national application form which will be available to be filled out online through http://gprecruitment.hee.nhs.uk/ during the application period.

Candidates should note that application forms will be personally reviewed in the order of date submitted. Therefore, candidates who submit their application form earlier will receive notification of the outcome of their application earlier.

All applicants must meet the minimum requirements of the National Person Specification.

PLEASE NOTE that throughout the process you will have to regularly check your emails as this will be our only way of contacting you.


Applications submitted and reviewed.  Applications must be completed fully and correctly, any application that is not completed or is incorrectly filled out will be rejected. Unless you are currently in a Foundation Year 2 Programme you must upload your evidence of achieving Foundation Competencies, either FACD 5.2, or Alternative Certificate A or B, these can be found on National Recruitment Office Website http://gprecruitment.hee.nhs.uk/.

STAGE 2 - Assessment – Computer Based Test (CBT)

Once your application is accepted you will be asked to attend an initial assessment which forms our short-listing process and also enables us to rank candidates before allocating them to a LETB Stage 3 (Selection Centre). Although this is not an exam, it is conducted under examination conditions and you will be asked to agree to a set of rules before you can proceed. The Stage 2 assessment will be delivered by computer which will allow us to run the assessment on a number of days in a larger number of venues throughout the whole of the UK. The format of the assessment remains unchanged.

This assessment consists of two parts, Professional Dilemmas & Clinical Problem Solving, examples of these questions can be downloaded from the National Recruitment Website.

For more information visit http://gprecruitment.hee.nhs.uk/

STAGE 3 - Selection Centre

If you achieve a high enough ranking you will then be invited to a selection centre where you will be assessed on various competency based exercises. The exercises consist of a written prioritising paper lasting 30 minutes and three 10 minute simulated patient scenario. Training programmes are then offered to candidates in rank order.

If you are successful but we are unable to place you on a suitable training scheme you have the opportunity to go through the national clearing process. For further information please visit http://gprecruitment.hee.nhs.uk/.

What to bring to the Selection Centre:

  • Original Passport plus 2 copies of the front cover, inside cover & signature/photograph page
  • 2 x passport photos taken within the last 6 months (name and GMC on back)
  • Original Proof of address plus 2 copies
  • Original current GMC proof of Registration plus 2 copies
  • Original evidence of right to work in the UK plus 2 copies
  • Original current valid driving licence plus 2 copies
  • Original Postgraduate qualification/membership exam certificate plus 2 copies
  • Original proof of English Language proficiency (i.e. IELTS, letter from consultant) plus 2 copies
  • Original proof of Foundation Competences (i.e. applicant currently in Foundation Training, FACD 5.2, 2014 Alternative Certificate) plus 2 copies
  • Original ALS certificate plus 2 copies
  • Original proof of CT/ST1 and CT/ST2 and CT/ST3 (where applicable) competences where you are applying for ST3/ST4 posts (i.e. applicant currently in Core/ST2/ST3 training, completed competency document) plus 2 copies 


Travel Expenses – for stage 3 if you have to travel further than 20 miles to the interview you are entitled to claim for your travel. If this is by car we will pay £0.24 per mile. All other methods of travel and claiming are listed on our Interview Expenses Policy located on the downloads section of this page. The maximum amount you can claim for travel is £100.

For air travel and accommodation, you must obtain written confirmation from the LETB before proceeding. If you do not obtain written consent from the LETB, we will not reimburse you for air travel and accommodation. The LETB will pay up to the amount of £50.00 towards accommodation.

Allocation to Programmes:

We aim to place candidates in the programme of their choice where possible.  However, there are a number of factors that influence placements and these all have to be considered including:

  • Ensuring adequate service delivery across the region taking into account patient safety and the needs of the local hospitals and communities
  • Providing an effective mix of trainees in all our training programmes
  • Ensuring that candidates who have a geographical restriction are accommodated (eg those tied to a particular area because of reasons of ill health and significant carer responsibilities. For further information see the geographical restrictions policy in the download section)
  • Your expressed preferences as indicated on your application form, which are ranked according to your score at the selection centre

Please bear in mind that the various factors listed above are not hierarchical (ie at any particular time, one of these factors may become more important than another due to the prevailing circumstances).

In practice we give a high priority to geographical restrictions where there are genuine reasons for candidates to work in a particular area. We also fill our programmes at a relatively even rate in order to maintain a high quality of patient safety, adequate service delivery, and an effective trainee mix in each programme.

Bearing in mind the above it is inevitable that we will not be able to offer every registrar their first choice of programme. Nevertheless we are confident that all our training programmes provide a positive training environment that is both enjoyable and designed to support your progress towards the completion of your training and future career as a General Practitioner.

Any Geographical restriction forms will need to be supplied by post or email to Health Education East Midlands before 5pm Friday 7th February. All forms also require additional supporting evidence. Any forms supplied without evidence or received after the deadline will not be considered. 

For further information about our Training Programmes please click here.

Please note, Lincoln and Boston programmes will sit in the Lincolnshire programme from August 2013. These brochures will be updated in due course. If you are considering Lincoln or Boston please read both brochures and bear in mind the Lincolnshire programme will rotate throughout United Lincolnshire Hospitals,  Lincolnshire Partnership Trusts and GP practices throughout the Lincolnshire area.

For more information on the process, and more information on each stage, please visit the GP National Recruitment office website http://gprecruitment.hee.nhs.uk/

GP Recruitment Calendar August 2014 intake Round 1 - All posts to commence August 2014
Applications can be submitted from:
10.00am Tuesday 12th November 2013
Applications must be submitted by: 17:00 on Thursday 5th December 2013
No late applications will be accepted under any circumstances
Foundation Competency Evidence submitted by: 17:00 on Thursday 5th December 2013
Evidence MUST be attached to the application form at the time of submission. 

Stage 2 (Computer Based Test)

From Saturday 4th January up to and including Saturday 11th January 2014. Places can be booked, on invitation, from 6th December 2013 once your application has been accepted.
Academic Interviews  Will be Held on invitation Thurs 6th Feb during Selection Centre

Stage 3 (Selection Centre)

From 3rd February - 7th February 2014. Places must be booked by 30th January 2014
The Thistle Hotel
East Midlands International Airport  
Castle Donington,
Derby DE74 2SH

Offers out: By 5th March 2014 - offers may be released early if the LETBs are able to do so.
Offers accepted by: Within 48 hours of offer
Held offers accepted or declined by: 10th March 2014
Local clearing commences: From 10th March 2014 onwards as offers are accepted / declined
National Clearing commences: From 17th March 2014 or as soon after as possible

Round 2 2014 - ( Subject to change pending confirmation )

Applications can be submitted from 10.00am Tuesday 18th March 2014
Applications MUST be submitted by 17:00 on Thursday 3rd April 2014. No late applications will be accepted under any circumstances
Foundation Competence evidence submitted by 17:00 on Thursday 3rd April 2014. Evidence MUST be attached to the application form at the time of submission.
Stage 2 (Computer Based Test) Monday 28th and Tuesday 29th April 2014. Places can be booked, on invitation, from 7th April 2014 once application has been accepted by long-listing deanery. No overseas assessment centres will be available during Round 2.
Stage 3 (Selection Centre) Tuesday 13th and Wednesday 14th May 2014
Offers out Around 16th May 2014 - offers may be released early if the deaneries are able to do so.
Offers accepted by Within 48 hours of offer. National Clearing - From 26th May 2014 or as soon after as possible.
PLEASE NOTE: Vacancy details will not be available until Round 1 has concluded and any applications will initially be for GP training Nationally with the ability to preference deaneries with remaining vacancies at a later date.

For any queries, please email the medical recruitment inbox at heem.medicalrecruitment2014@nhs.net

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