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Competition ratios

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

Key statistics from 2021:

  • There were 1677 applications for 353 ST1 training posts in England, Scotland & Wales.
  • 491 candidates were interviewed.
  • There were on average 4.75 applications to every 1 post.

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ST1 Clinical Radiology application form

Application portal, important documents and useful hints and tips

Application portal

Applications for ST1 Clinical Radiology training in England, Scotland and Wales are submitted through the ORIEL recruitment system.  This is a single online application for all training posts in England, Scotland and Wales, meaning you do not have to submit multiple applications to each area of the country individually.  Applications can only be accessed during the job application period, typically around November each year.

   What is ORIEL?

ORIEL is the national recruitment website for doctors applying for specialist training posts in the UK.  It allows doctors to register, view vacancies, apply, book interviews and receive offers all in one place.  All applicants to ST1 Clinical Radiology must register and apply at ORIEL.

The overall selection process and timeline can be found at the bottom of the ST1 Clinical Radiology interview & application advice page on this website.

Important points:

  • You will need 3 consultant referees

  • You will not be asked to rank training schemes at this stage (this comes later in the application process)
  • You will need to self-score your portfolio as part of the application which will include uploading evidence. This will be validated later on in the application process.
  • You can apply to more than one specialty training programme at this point (e.g. Clinical Radiology and Anaesthetics)
Leave enough time to complete your application. It's important
Leave enough time to complete your application. It's important

  Important documents

Below are two essential documents to read before making an application:

  1. Medical Applicant Guidance

    • 2021 Medical Applicant Handbook is available to view for the medical recruitment round. The guide is here to assist you in making the best possible applications throughout the full application process. Please read the full guide book to ensure that you are fully equipped before placing an application.
  2. Person specification 2022 for ST1 Clinical Radiology  

    • This is essentially the eligibility criteria for applying.  ST1 Clinical Radiology has a nationally agreed person specification.  Make sure you meet the person specification for the relevant parts of the application form.  Some parts of the person specification are not covered in the ORIEL application and may be assessed during the interview.

Useful hints and tips

  • Prepare for the Multi-Specialty Recruitment Assessment (MSRA)

    • The Multi-Specialty Recruitment Assessment (MSRA) test was introduced into the recruitment process in 2016.  All applicants will be required to sit this test early in the new year.  Full details of the test and the available test venues in the UK and overseas will be posted on the ORIEL recruitment system.  The MSRA will be used to shortlist-out only the lowest scoring applicants, with interview places allocated to the top scoring applicants according to the number of interview slots available. Click for more detailed information on the MSRA.
  • Fill out the application with care

    • Although you are only giving basic information and there are no specialty specific questions, please don’t treat it as a ‘box-ticking exercise’.  Every year candidates fail to be ‘longlisted’ because they have filled out the application incorrectly or missed the application deadline.  Common reasons are not having the correct visa or not meeting the eligibility criteria, usually by having more than 18 months experience in radiology (not including foundation programme training placements).
  • Don’t leave applying until the last minute

    • The application is an online web based form and can take quite a while to complete so don’t leave applying until the last minute!  There are many sections of the application to complete, but you have the ability to save and go back to it at a later time to finish it off.  Remember many candidates failed to get an interview because they missed the application deadline.