February 2014 intake
The Royal College of
Psychiatrists coordinates the national recruitment for
February 2014 to core psychiatry training at year 1 (CT1)
and to specialty training at year 4 (ST4) in all six psychiatric
specialties in England, Scotland and Wales.
This website contains all the relevant
information, including eligibility, participating deaneries,
interview details, interviews and estimated number of vacancies.
Please use the links to the left of this page to access the
required information. If you are interested in CT1 / ST4
training in psychiatry in England, Scotland or Wales you
will only be able to apply for training posts in the February 2014
intake through the College
online recruitment portal.
August 2014 intake
Health Education England will formally
transfer the responsibility for national recruitment to Psychiatry
at CT1 and ST4 levels from the Royal College of Psychiatrists to
the North Western Deanery, Health Education North West with effect
1 October 2013.
This means that all CT1 and ST4 Psychiatry
posts in England, Scotland and Wales starting from August 2014
onwards will be recruited using the process coordinated by the
North Western Deanery, Health Education North West.
The application window to apply for
CT1 posts will open on Tuesday 12 November 2013 and the application
window for ST4 posts will open on Monday 3 February
The North Western Deanery are
in the process of creating the National Psychiatry section of our
website for 2014 recruitment and hope to launch it fully in early
October 2013. In the meantime, if you have any queries,
please visit their
website and feel free to contact
recruitment team at the North Western
Northern Ireland continues to operate its
own recruitment process for psychiatry. For further
details please visit the Northern Ireland Medical
and Dental Training Agency website
Specialty Selection Test (SST) pilot study for first year
applicants to specialty and core training:
A Specialty Selection Test is going to be piloted from January
13-25 2014 for ST1/CT1 applicants, across most specialties.
The SST comprises of two components; a Clinical
Problem Solving (CPS) test and a Situational Judgement Test (SJT).
ST1/CT1 applicants will receive an email invitation to take
part on 11 December. We would be grateful for your involvement in
the SST as your input is crucial.
The pilot for the SST will help to evaluate
and improve the selection processes currently used
and ultimately, assess whether these tests are a good
predictor of a doctor’s performance.
The test itself will take place at Pearson VUE test centres in
the UK. These test centres are available within close proximity to
most hospitals in the United Kingdom and are available on
Saturdays. The total duration of the SST is 2 hours and 15
minutes. This time includes 50 minutes for the CPS test, 70
minutes for the SJT and 15 minutes for administration and
By participating you will be able to provide your views on this
method of selection and whether it allowed you to demonstrate your
aptitude for specialty training. You will receive feedback on
how well you performed in the national cohort, a certificate for
your ePortfolio and you will also be eligible to win one of five
prizes. These prizes include a 32GB iPad or Kindle Fire
To find out how you can be involved and for more
information about the pilot study please visit the
website or have a look at the information pack
Psychiatry Recruitment Portal:
LOGIN (opens in a new window)