National Otolaryngology (ENT) ST3 Recruitment.

Important Information

For information about how COVID-19 is affecting Medical and Dental recruitment, please see the Information for Trainees and FAQs pages:


The National Recruitment Office for ST3 Otolaryngology (ENT) is Health Education England - Yorkshire and the Humber. All posts have the required educational and Dean’s approval.

Health Education England working across Yorkshire and the Humber is co-ordinating national recruitment for vacancies in ENT ST3 and LAT posts across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.  Applications open at 10am on the 26th November 2020 and the closing date is 4pm on the Thursday 17th December 2020.  Interviews will be held On Microsoft Teams on a date to be confirmed, (a round 2 is not expected in 2021).  Applicants submit one application electronically for all vacancies via the Oriel recruitment portal. 

In order to assess your suitability for ENT ST3 please refer to the national Person Specifications on the Specialty Training website. 

The "National Otolaryngology Handbook" and the "Self Assessment Guidance" is available in the Documents section of this webpage. 


Candidate Webinar

On 22 October 2020, The MDRS senior team held a webinar to address questions from candidates applying to all specialties in 2021 as well as offering guidance and advice. We recommend all candidates watch this in addition to reading the guidance. Please do note that the information was correct at the time of it being presented. the webinar can be found here.


Further sources of information 


New Immigration Ruling: 

With effect from 6 October 2019, all medical practitioners are on the Shortage Occupation List. This means that with the exception of all applicants to Public Health, all specialty recruitment applicants will be exempt from the RLMT; there will be no restriction on their appointment.



For information about the posts in each region please follow the links below to view the Local Office / Deanery websites: 

Local Office / Deanery

ST3 Vacancies

LAT Vacancies

 HEE East Midlands  tbc  N/A
 HEE East of England  tbc  N/A
 HEE North East  tbc  N/A
 HEE North West (North West)  tbc  N/A
 HEE North West (Mersey)  tbc  N/A
 NHS Education for Scotland  tbc  tbc
 HEE South West (Peninsula)  tbc  N/A
 HEE South West (Severn)  tbc  N/A
 LaSE London Recruitment  tbc  N/A
 LaSE HEE Kent, Surrey & Sussex  tbc  N/A
 HEE Thames Valley  tbc  N/A
 HEE Wessex  tbc  N/A
 HEE West Midlands  tbc  N/A
 HEE Yorkshire and the Humber  tbc  N/A
 Northern Ireland Medical & Dental Training Agency  TBC  TBC
 Wales Deanery  TBC  TBC


All vacancy information is indicative and subject to change


A breakdown of NTN vacancies will be displayed above when available.

We currently expect there to be no English LAT vacancies in 2021.

All preference are to be confirmed and will be published when available. 

Please Note - The number of preferences a candidate receives in Oriel may be different to the number of vacancies. This is because some Preferences will have more than 1 vacancy. 

Recruitment Timeline

The recruitment process for National Otolaryngology (ENT) ST3 2020 will follow the timeline below:



 Applications Open  26th November 2020, 10am
 Application Deadline  17th December 2020, 4pm
 Longlisting  TBC
 Self-Assessment validation upload window  TBC
 Interviews  TBC
 Initial Offers Released by            by 5th May 2021, 5pm
 Holding Deadline  11th May 2021, 1pm
 Upgrade Deadline  12th May 2021, 4pm


All dates and times are indicative and subject to change

Additional Information