2022 recruitment

The website will be updated for 2022 recruitment by the end of October 2021. In the interim the information on the website is written for 2021 recruitment but, apart from year-specific information like dates and post numbers, is largely applicable for 2022. Major changes have been noted in the news section. 

If you are looking to apply to an ST3-level programme in one of the medical specialties coordinated by the Physician Specialty Recruitment Office (PSRO) national recruitment process, this website contains detailed information to help you. This covers recruitment to UK training programmes in these specialties in England, Scotland and Wales, and also Northern Ireland for clinical genetics, medical oncology and palliative medicine.

Completion of a substantive ST3 programme will lead to a Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT) or a Combined Programme Certificate of Eligibility for Specialist Registration (CESR CP). For more information on certification please see the JRCPTB  website.

The recruitment process section of the website is the home to the majority of general information to help you navigate a recruitment round, including: timeline , eligibility criteria planning your application , applying , interviews and offers . For specialty specific information such as interview dates and post numbers, interview format and data from previous years, please visit the relevant specialty's page.

In addition to the website, we have produced an 'Applicants' Guide' which overviews how the process works and is a good introduction for those new to specialty recruitment. This is available to download from the document library .

It is advisable to view the relevant person specification for the specialty(ies) to which you are intending to apply.

You may also wish to view competition ratios and scoring from previous rounds, which is available under the 'data' tab within the relevant specialty's page.

Stroke medicine

The PSRO also coordinate a national recruitment process for stroke medicine in England and Wales. Please see the stroke medicine section of the website for details about the process.

2021 recruitment

The  timeline  for 2021 contains the major dates for both rounds in 2021:

  • Round 1  - opens for applications at 10am on 26 November 2020 and closes at 4pm on 17 December 2020, for programmes starting from August to December 2021.
  • Round 2  - opens for applications at 10am 27 July 2021 and closes at 4pm 17 August 2021, for programmes starting from October 2021 to April 2022. Information about the specialties participating can be found in our news item .

Latest news


Our FAQs section has the answers to many common queries but if you cannot find an answer to your question the PSRO runs a helpdesk which can be contacted with any queries relating to ST3 recruitment. 

Please visit the contacts section of the website for details of how to get in touch.

Any important announcements will be added to this website and noted in the news section.

Physician Specialty Recruitment Office

Physician ST3 Recruitment is managed and coordinated by the Physician Specialty Recruitment Office (PSRO) based in Health Education England. The process is governed in coordination with the Royal College of Physicians of London, also working closely with the Joint Royal Colleges of Physicians Training Board (JRCPTB).

Best wishes, and good luck with your application,

Dr Phil Bright
Clinical Lead for the Physician Specialty Recruitment Office