This page and related links are aimed to help you understand the radiology recruitment 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 and interview for hints and tips for the interview day. 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 and have completed or be due to complete foundation year 2 (FY2) training by the time the ST1 job starts. The time to apply will be either:
- During Foundation Year 2 (FY2) training
- During core medical training (CMT) / core surgical training (CST) or during any other specialty training
- Whilst undertaking trust grade work or locum work, sometimes also known as ‘F3’
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. For detailed information on eligibility criteria, please read the Person specification 2022 for ST1 Clinical Radiology from the RCR. Here’s a summary for you:
Advantages of applying in FY2
- You will start doing something you love as soon as possible.
- Most trainees applying in FY2 know they wanted to do radiology from very early on and have tailored their CVs accordingly.
- 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.
- 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.
- And finally… why put yourself through medical nights if you don’t need to!
Advantages of applying after FY2
- You have more clinical experience and skills to offer, and may have membership exams (e.g. MRCP or MRCS) to add to your portfolio.
- 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.
- You may have opportunities to work in specialties which were not available to you during F1/F2 training and this may give you more certainty in your choice of future career.
For further discussion read our blog post, When to apply to radiology.
The actual application process for ST1 Clinical Radiology training follows a strict timeline.
|Application timeline 2022 / 2023|
|Applications Open for Academic Clinical Fellowships (ACFs)||Early September 2022 (always earlier than the standard ST1 application)|
|Advertisements appear||by 5pm (GMT) on 2nd November 2022|
|Applications Open||10am (GMT) on 3rd November 2022|
|Applications Close||4pm (GMT) on 1st December 2022|
|Evidence verification upload dates for the portfolio assessment||TBA – Likely mid-December 2022 – mid January 2023|
|Multi-Specialty Recruitment Assessment (MSRA) window||TBA – Likely early Janurary 2023|
|Multi-Specialty Recruitment Assessment (MSRA) results published by||TBA – Likely early February 2023|
|Invitations to Interview||TBA – Likely early February 2023|
|Interviews (Remote Microsoft Teams)||TBA – Likely late February 2023|
|Initial Offers||released by 5pm (GMT) on 30th March 2023|
(Source: Royal College of Radiologists website – dates updated as and when known and may be subject to change due to COVID
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 platform, ORIEL. Essentially this means there is just one ‘national’ application rather than having to submit multiple applications to each area of the country.
- You need to complete the online application on ORIEL, which requires some basic information as well as showing that they meet the Person Specification i.e. Medical degree, GMC license, eligibility to work in the UK etc.
- As part of this application, candidates also need to upload evidence of their personal achievements onto the ORIEL system. Candidates self-assess their achievements and assign themselves a score in their ORIEL application form (this has replaced the ‘physical portfolio’, used in previous years).
- An initial ‘longlisting’ of the applications is conducted using the 2023 person specification.
- Applicants will have their portfolio self-assessments verified by a panel of radiologists. They may be required to upload evidence to ORIEL as part of the application process.
- Applicants then receive an email asking them to book into a test venue for the Multi-Specialty Recruitment Assessment (MSRA) which forms the short-listing process.
- The MSRA takes place late January / early February 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.
- A few weeks after the MSRA each applicant receives their score using a combination of their MSRA score and validated self-assessment score. The MSRA will be used to shortlist-out only the lowest scoring applicants. The remaining candidates will be invited for interview.
- 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 online on Microsoft Teams likely late February/early March 2022 using a nationally agreed scoring framework and documentation. Any details that applicants need will be provided as part of the application process.
- Interviewed applicants final score and rank is determined by a combination of their interview score, MSRA sccore and validated self-assessment score.
- The offers process for ST1 Clinical Radiology posts is managed centrally and all offers sent via the online recruitment system ORIEL. The offers are sent via email and if you receive an offer you usually 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. Applications are managed by Oriel, just like the UK process, and at the same time during November each year. However the SRA is not part of the process and there are whitespace answers in the Oriel application. Training is run by NIMDTA (Northern Ireland Medical and Dental Training Agency), based in Belfast. On their website you will find information about applications, competition ratios, applicant guidance documents, etc. applicable to all the medical training specialties. Competition for training places in Northern Ireland is probably more competitive than the UK average (people like to stay in NI plus the Republic of Ireland Radiology training programme is even harder to get into so candidates are applying from there).
See application form for where to make the application, important documentation (including links to the Specialty Recruitment Applicant Handbook and Person Specification) and links to the recruitment portal (ORIEL).
See where to apply for a list of all the clinical radiology training programmes in the UK and information on radiology academies.
See interview for details on the interview structure and links to example questions.
Lastly, these two videos ‘Getting into radiology training’ (direct link to YouTube video) by Dr Ian Craven (Clinical Lead, Leeds Radiology Academy) and ‘How to get into Radiology’ (direct link to YouTube video) by the Society of Radiologists in Training are excellent and well worth a watch if you want to apply to clinical radiology.