Sub-Specialty Training Post in
Adult Congenital Heart Disease

The Yorkshire Training Scheme has one vacancy for a Higher Specialist Trainee in either Adult or Paediatric Cardiology to give additional training in Congenital Heart Disease for 1-2 years. This post  is based at Leeds General Infirmary.

This is a two year sub-specialty training program for trainees wishing to specialise in Adult Congenital Heart Disease and is based at the supra-regional referral centre at Leeds General Infirmary. This training is normally undertaken in ST6 and ST7.  Candidates wishing to pursue a career as a cardiologist with an interest in ACHD alongside another specialty interest (eg imaging), are encouraged to apply for 1 year.  For candidates applying from outside of the Yorkshire Deanery this post is recognised for OOPT.  Applicants already holding an NTN will be preferred, but candidates with equivalent relevant experience are also encouraged to apply. Please note that this post alone is to provide a maximum of two years of subspecialty training and will not deliver a CCT

Enquiries will be welcomed by Dr James Oliver, Clinical lead for ACHD at Leeds General Infirmary via e-mail or Dr Rob Sapsford, Training Programme Director for the West region and Consultant Cardiologist at Leeds General Infirmary (

The post is equally open to those who may, either from the outset or subsequently wish to train flexibly. The Postgraduate Dean confirms that this placement and/or programme has the required educational and dean’s approval.

This post is advertised to commence 1st October 2018. However, a sooner start date is possible and an earlier start date can be negotiated following appointment.

Recruitment Timeline

The recruitment process for this post will follow the timeline below:*

Applications Open
12:00 on 11 May 2018      
Application Deadline
16:00 on 11 June 2018
From 11 June
28 June 2018, Leeds
Offers Released          
From 29 June 2018

*Please note that all dates are indicative and subject to change.


Applications will only be accepted through the Oriel online application system.

For guidance on creating an account, registering and submitting your application using the system please refer to the Oriel Applicant User Guide which can be downloaded from the Oriel Resource Bank.

Application Deadline

The deadline for submitting applications is 16:00 on 11 June 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.


Eligibility & Longlisting

Applicants for this post will be required to meet the relevant Clinical eligibility criteria for the appropriate specialty and level listed at:-

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.

Please note: By allowing applicants to progress to the interview stage, Health Education England working across Yorkshire and the Humber DOES NOT accept or confirm that applicants meet all eligibility requirements. This includes immigration status, evidence of achievement of core competencies or equivalent, and requisite length of time in training as per the 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 England working across Yorkshire and the Humber. 


Shortlisting will take place following the completion of longlisting. Where possible we aim to give applicants at least one week's notice to attend an interview. However, unforseen delays in shortlisting mean this is not always possible.


Interview Dates and Venue

The interviews for this post will take place on 28 June 2018 at Health Education England, Willow Terrace Road, Leeds, LS2 9JT

View the interviews page for further information about the venue and for directions.

Documents Required at Interview

There are a number of documents that you are required to bring with you to interview.

Please bring the following original documents:

  • Original passport AND 1 COPY of the signature/photgraph page
  • Evidence of your current immigration status AND 1 COPY
  • Evidence of your GMC registration and Licence to Practise AND 1 COPY
  • Your primary medical degree certificate AND 1 COPY
  • Your postgraduate degree certificates (if applicable) AND 1 COPY

These documents will be checked against a checklist and the photocopies will be retained on your recruitment file. If you are appointed to a training post, these documents will be transferred to your trainee file.

Interview Format

The interviews will consist of a single panel interview with both academic and clinical components. The interview panel will be made up of academic and clinical panel members.

The panel may wish to review your portfolio so you should bring this with you to the interview.

Travel and Subsistence Expenses

Applicants attending interviews are entitled to a travel and subsistence allowance. A claim form can be downloaded from the section on the right of this page. You are advised to read the guidance document in full before incurring any expenses.

Claim forms must be received within three months of your interview date. Claim forms received after three months will not be processed. Receipts must be attached for all travel and subsistence claimed except mileage.


All offers will be made using Oriel. Oriel can be accessed at 

Please refer to the Oriel Applicant User Guide which can be downloaded from the Oriel Resource Bank for further information about receiving and responding to offers.

Receiving and Responding to Offers

If you are offered a post you will have 48 hours from the time of your offer, including weekends and bank holidays, to decide whether to accept, reject or hold it. You must respond to the offer through the UK Offers System. No other form of response will be accepted.


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.