Applying to specialty training is highly competitive and will involve a considerable amount of planning and research.
The NHS Medical Careers website (www.medicalcareers.nhs.uk) has case histories showing what life is like in different specialties as well as up to date information on competition ratios.
The Academy of Medical Royal Colleges website also contains a useful list of royal college websites which will provide you with further specialty information.
The process for applying to speciality training varies slightly throughout the four UK health departments. See below for more details.
- England: Full details on speciality applications in England including current competition ratios for each speciality can be found on the Specialty Recruitment website.
- Scotland: Applicants for specialty training in Scotland can register and enroll via http://www.scotmt.scot.nhs.uk/recruitment/specialty-recruitment.aspx . The site contains comprehensive information on opportunities for hospital and GP specialty training in Scotland and life as a doctor including case studies and video clips.
- Wales: Full details on specialty training in Wales can be found on the dedicated website, www.mmcwales.org
- Northern Ireland: Applying for specialty posts in Northern Ireland is done via the HSC Recruit site http://v2.hscrecruit.com/. Full details on the process can be found on the NIMDTA website at http://www.nimdta.gov.uk/human-resources/hr-recruitment/568