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ST1 Clinical Radiology

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ST1 Clinical Radiology application form

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 The SRA

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ST1 Clinical Radiology - interview & application advice 2017 / 2018

 

This page and related links are aimed to help you understand the application process to get that important interview, and then perform well at interview so you get that dream job!


Recruitment and selection into ST1 Clinical Radiology training in England, Scotland and Wales is nationally coordinated using the online ORIEL recruitment system.  Please see application form for more information on applying.  Further down this page is an overview and timeline of the ST1 Clinical Radiology selection process.

 

When to apply

You must have a medical degree to apply for radiology.  The time to apply will be either:

  • During Foundation Year 2 (FY2) training (most apply during FY2)
  • During core medical training (CMT) / core surgical training (CST) or during any other specialty training

Either route has its pros and cons.  Coming straight from FY2 eliminates undertaking any unnecessary clinical experience and it's important to note that this wouldn't hurt your application.  On the other hand, having CMT / CST enhances your clinical knowledge and gives you the time to develop your skills and CV.  Here's a summary for you:

 

  1. You will start doing something you love as soon as possible.
  2. Most trainees applying in FY2 know they wanted to do radiology from very early on and have tailored their CVs accordingly.
  3. The vast majority of skills and knowledge you'll gain during radiology training cannot be gained from training in other specialties first so you won't be disadvantaged.  This is reflected in the fact that the Royal College of Radiologists has no arrangements in place to recognise “accredited transferable competencies” from previous training in other specialties.
  4. Radiology is one of the hardest training programmes to get into and most people end up taking more than one interview attempt.  If you want the luck to be in your favour then you should apply at the earliest opportunity.  Even if you don't get a training post, you still get valuable interview practice and have time to try again the following year.
  5. And finally... why put yourself through medical nights if you don't need to!
  1. You have more clinical experience and skills to offer, and may have membership exams (e.g. MRCP or MRCS) to add to your portfolio.
  2. You will have more time to work on and boost your radiology portfolio which can help at interview and give you a greater chance of getting your first choice training location.

For further discussion read our blog post, When to apply to radiology.

 

Timeline overview

The actual application process for ST1 Clinical Radiology training follows a strict timeline as follows:

Application timeline 2017 / 2018
Applications Open for Academic Clinical Fellowships (ACFs) October 2017
Adverts Early November 2017
Applications Open Early November 2017
Applications Close Early December 2017
Specialty Recruitment Assessment (SRA) invitations Mid December 2017 (latest)
Specialty Recruitment Assessment (SRA) window Early/mid January 2018 (one week period)
Specialty Recruitment Assessment (SRA) results published Late January 2018
Invitations to Interview Late January 2018
Interviews Mid February 2018
Initial Offers Early March 2018

(Source: Royal College of Radiologists website)

 

Selection process (England, Scotland and Wales)

Here is an overview of the selection process for ST1 Clinical Radiology training:

  • Recruitment and selection into ST1 Clinical Radiology in England, Scotland and Wales is nationally coordinated using an online recruitment system called ORIEL.  Essentially this means there is just one 'national' application rather than having to submit multiple applications to each area of the country.

  • An initial 'longlisting' of the applications is conducted by London Recruitment using the 2018 person specification.

  • Applicants then receive an email asking them to book into a test venue for the Specialty Recruitment Assessment (SRA).  The SRA takes place early/mid January 2018 over a one week period and applicants are given a choice of times and venues.  Options tend to fill up quickly so we advise you book ASAP to get a time and venue convenient for you.  Full details of the test and the available test venues in the UK and overseas will be posted on the ORIEL recruitment system in early November 2017.

  • A few weeks after the SRA each applicant receives their score and if it reaches the a threshold they are then invited for interview.  The SRA will be used to shortlist-out only the lowest scoring applicants.

  • Before booking the interview, applicants are asked to rank their preferred training locations on the online application form (ORIEL).  There is the option to exclude themselves from a certain area or state no preference.

  • Applicants then receive an email asking them to book an interview date and time slot.  Options tend to fill up quickly so we advise you book ASAP to get a date and time convenient for you.

  • The interviews are held centrally in London in mid February 2018 using a nationally agreed scoring framework and documentation.  Any details that applicants need will be provided as part of the application process.  Applicants are scored by the selection panel and ranked according to the total score received.

  • The offers process for ST1 Clinical Radiology posts is managed by London Recruitment and all offers will be made via the online recruitment system ORIEL.  The offers are sent via email and if you receive an offer you only have 48 hours to respond with either 'accept', 'reject' or 'hold'.

  • If required, a national clearing process, run by London Recruitment, is used to allocate any surplus appointable candidates to any posts that remain unfilled.  There will be a national minimum score of appointability in order to be put forward for clearing.

Note: The application forms and selection process for Northern Ireland are separate to England, Scotland and Wales.

 

See how and where to apply for application deadlines, important documentation (including links to the Specialty Recruitment Applicant Handbook 2017 and Person Specification) and links to the recruitment portal (ORIEL).

See interview for details on the interview structure and links to example questions.

Competition ratios

Clinical radiology is a very rewarding career but getting a training post is competitive.

Key statistics from 2017 :

  • There were 937 applications for 262 ST1 training posts in England, Scotland & Wales.
  • 554 candidates were interviewed.
  • There were on average 3.58 applications to every 1 post.

Click here for more information including statistics from previous years

Example interview questions

  1. Why radiology?
  2. What qualities do you bring to radiology?
  3. What are the qualities of a good radiologist?
  4. How would you design and set up a radiology audit?
  5. Do you think research is important?

... view many more example radiology ST1 interview questions here

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