National Neurosurgery ST1 & ST3 Recruitment.


The national Recruitment Office for Neurosurgery is Health Education England - Yorkshire and the Humber Office.  We are recruiting to posts across England and Scotland.  All posts have the required educational and Dean's approval.

Please note:  the ST1 person specification changed in 2019.   Please read these carefully to assess your eligibility.

In 2017 we introduced a Multi-Specialty Recruitment Assessment and this will remain in the 2020 process.   All applicants (at all levels) that are longlsted successfully will be required to sit this computer based assessment. Further MRSA guidance can be found below:

Further sources of information:


Once confirmed the number of vacancies for each Local HEE Office/NES/Deanery will be listed below.  For information about the posts in each region please follow the links below to view the individual Local HEE Office websites.

NB Post numbers will be updated as and when they are submitted




LAT      ST3        
East Midlands HEEM     N/A      
East of England EEEOE     N/A      
London     N/A      
North West HENW     N/A      
North West (Mersey) NENW/M     N/A      
North East HENE     N/A      
Thames Valley HETV     N/A      
Scotland SCOT            
Severn/South West Peninsular HESW     N/A      
Wales WALES            
Wessex HEW     N/A      
West Midlands HEWM     N/A      
Yorkshire & the Humber - West HEYH/W     N/A      
Yorkshire & the Humber - South HEYH/S     N/A      

All vacancy information is indicative and subject to change.

Recruitment Timeline

The recruitment process for Neurosurgery will follow the timeline below:



Applications Open Thursday 7th November 2019 @ 10am
Application Deadline Friday 28th November 2019 @ 4pm
Shortlisting Friday 3rd January 2020
MSRA  3rd - 11th January 2020
Interview Invites Released  TBC
Interviews  29th & 30th January 2020
Initial Offers Released by 5pm Monday 9th March 2020 
Holding Deadline Friday 13th March 2020 @ 1pm
Upgrade Deadline Friday 20th March 2020 @ 4pm
Hierarchal Deadline Wenesday 25th March @ 4pm

NB All dates and times are indicative and subject to change.


Applications will only be accepted through the Oriel Online Recruitment system. For further guidance on creating an account, registering and submitting your application using the system please refer to the Oriel Applicant User Guide.

 Creating an account

You will need to create an account on the Oriel Online Recruitment system before you can start your application. On the homepage, click “Register Here” and complete the short applicant registration form.

Completing your application

The application forms will open at 10:00 on 7th November 2018. Use the Vacancy Search tool to navigate to the application form and click “Apply”.
There are a number of sections within the application form:

  • Personal Details
  • Eligibility
  • Fitness to Practise
  • References
  • Evidence of Competences and Experience
  • Employment History
  • Evidence of Selection Criteria
  • Supporting Information
  • Equality & Diversity
  • Monitoring Form
  • Declarations

Please complete all sections in full before submitting your application. Once you have submitted your application, the only sections you will be able to change are your personal details and your references.

Application Form information

For the questions on: undergraduate, publications, presentations, clinical audit, teaching, organisations and practical skill the answers are limited to 200 characters.

Application Deadline

The deadline for submitting applications is 4pm on 29th November 2018. After this time no applications will be accepted. There will be no exceptions to this deadline. You are advised to complete and submit your application ahead of the deadline to allow for any unforeseen problems.

Application Statuses

You can track the progress of your application by checking the Application Status through your Oriel account. When your application status changes you should receive an email informing you of the change.

Eligibility & Longlisting

The eligibility criteria for Neurosurgery are listed in the 2020 Person Specifications.


24 months’ or less clinical experience, of which no more than 12 months (maximum) experience in any combination of the following specialties; Neurosurgery, Neurology, Neuro-radiology and Neuro-intensive care

(All experience above is by time of intended start date and excluding foundation modules)

It is an applicant’s responsibility to demonstrate that they meet the eligibility criteria.

All applications will be assessed against the eligibility criteria during longlisting. Any applications which do not meet the eligibility criteria will be longlisted out of the process and will not progress to the next stage.


“By allowing applicants to progress to the interview stage, Health Education England working across Yorkshire and the Humber HAS NOT accepted or confirmed that applicants meet all eligibility requirements.  This includes immigration status, evidence of achievement of Foundation competencies or equivalent, and requisite length of time in training as per the relevant national person specification.  This list is not exhaustive, and is applicable to all eligibility criteria.  Applicants may still be withdrawn from the application process at any stage, including after the interviews have taken place, if the evidence pertaining to an eligibility criterion is found to be unsatisfactory by Health Education Yorkshire and the Humber.”


Eligibility Criteria for recruitment to Specialty Training 2019 – Immigration Requirements

  • The following advice on when to apply for specialty training applies for doctors applying for entry to programmes:


    You are eligible to be considered for specialty training in Round 1:

    • You are a UK or EEA national
    • You are a non-UK or non-EEA national and your immigration status allows you to work without restriction in the UK. For example if you have Tier 1 or dependant status, and no restriction against working as a doctor or dentist in training.
    • You are already on Tier 2 and will be applying to continue training with the same sponsor and/or with the same training number.
    • You are applying for a speciality in a shortage occupation.
    • You are a non-UK or non-EEA national, you graduated from a UK medical or dental school, and you currently have Tier 4 status to work in the Foundation Programme. You will need to apply for Tier 2 sponsorship, but you will be exempt from the Resident Labour Market Test (RLMT) if you have had continuous immigration status in the UK since you graduated.

    For further information please visit UK Border Agency website.


Shortlisting will take place on the 3rd January 2020


All applicants will be required to sit the MSRA.

The Multi-Specialty Recruitment Assessment (MSRA) is a computer-based assessment, delivered in partnership with Work Psychology Group and Pearson VUE, has been designed to assess some of the essential competences outlined in the CT/ST1 Person Specifications and is based around clinical scenarios.

The purpose of the MRSA in the neurosurgery shortlisting process is to give applicants the opportunity to demonstrate the knowledge and skills that they have acquired during foundation training and medical school. It also tests professional capabilities and decision making which are key components of neurosurgical practice and complements the selection centre. It will account for 40% of the total shortlisting score. Further details about the MRSA is to be found in the MRSA Applicant Guide and MRSA Test Blueprint Information that is available on the Neurosurgery page of our website.

All neurosurgery applicants are required to sit the MSRA in the first recruitment round of any given recruitment year. There are no exceptions or exemptions to this requirement.

The MSRA is delivered on a number of consecutive days throughout the whole of the UK in a large number of Pearson VUE Computer Testing Centres.

All applicants who reside in or, are in employment in the UK (including the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man) during the assessment window are expected to attend a UK test centre.


Interview Dates and Venue

The interviews for Neurosurgery will take place on the 29th & 30th January 2020 (venue to be confirmed)

Digital Scoring

Digital scoring has been implemented for all recruitment in England.  The panel will be using tablets to record scores and comments instead of the paper scoresheets.  The benefits of this digital scoring system are:

-  Removes the risk of clerical errors related to manual transcription of scores from paper scoresheets

- Allows all applicants to be provided with feedback on their performance 

Scoresheets, including panel member comments, will be emailed to you.

Interview Format 

Please see details in the 2019 Applicant Guide 

Documents Required at Interview

Original passport plus 1 copy of the signature/photograph page

Electronic evidence of GMC Registration from the online GMC register (printed within 7 days of the interview date)

Original evidence of right to work in the UK plus 1 copy

Evidence of MRCP (ST3 only) plus 1 copy

Your portfolio (including a current curriculum vitae) – this will be handed in before your interview so must be clearly labelled with your FULL NAME and GMC number on the front cover. For further guidance on the contents of your portfolio please see refer to the Portfolio Checklist

Structured Educational Supervisors Report – This report must be completed and inserted into the front of your portfolio as failure to include it could affect your score for the portfolio station

NB Your portfolio MUST NOT contain Patient Identifiable Data (PID) and must only include your own original work. In previous years there have been examples where some applicants have presented work which is not their own. This is in breach of the Confidentiality Guidance (2009) and is a fitness to practice matter. If this happens evidence will be taken and the person concerned reported to the GMC. 

By allowing applicants to progress to the interview stage, Yorkshire and the Humber Deanery HAS NOT accepted or confirmed that applicants meet all the eligibility requirements. This includes immigration status, evidence of achievement or Foundation competencies or equivalent, and requisite length of time in training as per the relevant national person specification. This list is not exhaustive, and is applicable to all eligibility criteria. Applicants may still be withdrawn from the application process at any stage, including after the interviews have taken place, if the evidence pertaining to an eligibility criterion is found by Yorkshire & the Humber Deanery to be unsatisfactory. 

Applicants with a disability wishing to review access to the venue or who feel their disability requires special consideration for the interview process should contact Specialty Recruitment Team.


Travel and Subsistence Expenses

Applicants should follow the interview expense guidance that can be found by clicking the "interview expenses" link on the top right side of this page.  We will not reinburse additional costs due to amending tickets if you have not allowed sufficient time from the end time of your interview. 



Oriel Online Offers System

All recruitment offers will be using the Oriel Online Recruitment system to make offers to training posts in 2020.



You will be asked to rank your preferences using the Oriel Recruitment Portal.  You will receive an email when preferencing is available. 


Allocation to Posts

Successful candidates will be allocated to posts in rank order:

  • The highest ranked candidate will be allocated to their first preferenced post.
  • The second ranked candidate will be allocated to their first preferenced post unless it has already been allocated to the first ranked candidate in which case they will be allocated their second preferenced post.
  • The third ranked candidate will be allocated to their first preferenced post unless it has already been allocated to the first or second ranked candidates. If it has, they will be allocated their second preferenced post unless this has been allocated to the first or second ranked candidates in which case they will be offered their third preference.

This process will continue until all posts are allocated or there are no more appointable candidates.

Any offer made through this recruitment process is an offer of an allocation to a training programme; it is not an offer of employment. Offers of employment can only be by an employing organisation following completion of satisfactory pre-employment checks.


Receiving and Responding to Offers

If you are offered a post you will have 48 hours from the time of your offer, excluding weekends but notbank holidays, to decide whether to accept, reject or hold it. You must respond to the offer through the Oriel Recruitment System. No other form of response will be accepted.


For more information about responding to offers, please see Oriel Applicant Guide which can be downloaded from the Oriel Resource Bank.



Feedback will be provided at three stages of the recruitment process:


If you are not longlisted you will be provided with the reasons for this. If you are longlisted you will receive an email inviting you to book an interview.

Interview Ranking

You will be able to view your total interview score and rank online through their Oriel account once offers are released. Please note that a thorough Quality Assurance and validation process is carried out on all applicants’ scores following the interviews. No scores will be released until this process is complete.

Interview Scores

Scoresheets, including panel member comments, will be emailed to you when the process is complete.

2019 Results

Level Posts Applications Submitted Candidates Interviewed Lowest Shortlisting Score to be invited to interview Lowest Score to receive an offer (weighted score)
ST1 23 157 77 54.38 254.70
ST3 3 21 2 60.26 No offers made


Additional Information