Recruitment News: 

Update: 25 November 2020

1) Physician specialty recruitment

Due to changes in the internal medicine curriculum, national recruitment is undergoing a period of transition as August 2021 will be the first cohort starting their third year of internal medicine training. This means that in England there will no recruitment to a number of ‘Group 1’ specialties for 2021 start dates. This includes: acute internal medicine, clinical pharmacology and therapeutics, endocrinology and diabetes, gastroenterology, geriatric medicine, renal medicine, respiratory medicine and rheumatology. Recruitment will restart at ST4 in 2022 to these specialties, and also cardiology, genitourinary medicine, neurology and palliative medicine.

The ST3 Recruitment website, updated for 2020, has news items with indicative guidance about future physician recruitment and specifics about the 2021 round whilst the website is being update ready for opening on 26 November.


2) Recruitment Update – a reminder as different timings this year

Detailed information regarding 2021 recruitment processes is available at

Application opening and closing dates are below:

Round 1 (CT1/ST1 and some run-through specialties that recruit at ST1 and ST3 level for Aug-Dec 21)

Applications open:      5 Nov

Applications close:      1 Dec


Round 2 (ST3/ST4+ uncoupled specialties for Aug-Dec 21)

Applications open:      23 Nov

Applications close:      17 Dec


Communication error by HEE London recruitment team

25 June 2020

On 24 June 2020, the HEE London recruitment team sent the supportive communication below via the Oriel system to all applicants who had accepted offers as part of the 2020 recruitment process. Unfortunately, because of an administrative error, all applicants (i.e. including those who had not accepted an offer) to Occupational Medicine and Internal Medicine Round 2 were sent the above communication. 

We are very sorry for this error and any confusion that it may have caused.  Applicants who received the message in error have received the message below advising them of the issue and apologising for any confusion caused.

Sanjiv Ahluwalia

Regional Postgraduate Dean HEE London

Comms intended for applicants who had accepted offers of a training programme

Dear Applicant

Congratulations on your recent appointment

We are currently in unprecedented times.  If there are any reasons why you feel that you will be unable to commence your training programme on the given date, please can we request that you make contact with the region where you will be commencing training at the earliest opportunity to discuss the options available to you.

If you are currently living outside of the UK, please ensure that you regularly visit the Home Office website to keep up to date with any border controls that may be in place when you enter/re-enter the UK.

Follow up communication sent to applicants who received the comms in error

I am writing to you in regards to the communication sent to you via oriel at XX:XX on XX/XX/XXXX. 

Please accept our sincere apologies as you were sent the communication above in error. The message was intended for applicants who had previously accepted an offer to the specialty training programme during the recent round of specialty recruitment and was not an offer of a training programme.

Please accept our apologies for any confusion caused and please disregard the communication you were previously sent via Oriel.

Sanjiv Ahluwalia, Regional PGD HEE-London


Tuesday 26th May 2020

In reviewing specialty recruitment processes the London Officer has identified two problems with specialty recruitment.

There has been an error in the allocation of some plastic surgery placements.  All trainees will continue to have a specialty training placement although a few trainees will now be offered a chance to upgrade their offer to a different location.” 

The Physician Specialty Recruitment Office has an error in the processing of scores for ST3 palliative medicine. This error has resulted in some incorrect offers being made, although for most trainees this does not affect their recruitment outcome.

The London Office will work with the small number of trainees affected. We are contacting them to enable them to receive an updated offer, which for most will be a higher preference. All applicants who have already received an offer in these two specialties will continue to have a specialty training placement.    

We apologise for this error and are working to ensure that all trainees are informed within 24 hours and given their new offers. We are conducting a detailed review to reduce the risk of this occurring again in future. 


Dr Sanjiv Ahluwalia FRCGP EdD MSc

Regional Postgraduate Dean

Health Education England working across London


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