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Applying for 2007 MMC Jobs in UK: Timeline, Tips and Guidance

Author: MMC, Posted on Sunday, November 19 @ 23:16:24 IST by RxPG  

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Tips to be prepared!

  • Familiarise yourself with the applications timetable and keep this in mind when planning holidays etc
  • Think about how to provide evidence of your competences e.g. FP portfolio, workplace assessments, log book, clinical observations, records of in-training assessments etc.
  • Make sure you have a working e-mail account
  • Think about your referees and ask if they are prepared to write on your behalf
  • Think about when you want to start deferred start only allowed for recognised research

October 2006
Webwatch: For person specs head to MMC, MTAS and royal college sites: For outlines of specialist/GP training programmes, head to deanery sites: November 2006
See medical press and the web for:
  • Full details of application process explained
  • Explanation of selection methodology to be used
  • Comprehensive online guide for applicants
  • Head to MMC, PMETB and local deanery websites
December 2006
All deanery websites publish:
  • Details of specialty training programmes and FTSTA posts they offer
  • Job descriptions for these, where available
22 January 4 February 2007
  • Online applications commence:
  • Made via www.mtas@nhs.org.uk
  • Applicants must have an e-mail address for correspondence
  • Specialty trainees will be able to apply for two specialty groups and two units of application (UoA) for each specialty
  • GP trainees will only apply to one UoA since this has a national coordination system
  • Applicants will need to supply the names and e-mail addresses of two referees
Specialty Groups for ST1/2
  • Acute Care Common Stem (ACCS)
  • Anaesthesia
  • Basic Neurosciences Training (BNT)
  • Chemical Pathology
  • General Practice
  • Histopathology
  • Medical Microbiology
  • Medicine in General
  • O&G
  • Ophthalmology
  • Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery (OMFS)
  • Paediatrics
  • Psychiatry
  • Public Health
  • Radiology
  • Surgery in General
  • Otolaryngology (ENT)*
February 2007
  • Shortlists confirmed:
  • Short-listing to be undertaken by local panels
  • Applications will be scored against national, specialty-specific criteria
  • Applicants will be notified of shortlist outcomes and invited to interviews via MTAS
  • Applicants must confirm their attendance at a selection interview by specified time
  • References will be requested for shortlisted applicants
March - April 2007
  • The interview selection process commences:
  • Interviews for selection will be a 30 minute, structured interview as a minimum standard
  • Interviews will be held locally with local selection panels
  • Applicants will need to bring copies of their references and training portfolios or other evidence of competences and achievements
End-April 2007
  • Outcomes of interview/selection process are announced:
  • Selection outcomes will be communicated to applicants via MTAS, starting according to a national timetable
  • There will be a defined period within which candidates must accept or decline their offer
  • Unfilled posts will be identified and advertised for the second round of applications
May - June 2007
  • Second round of recruitment commences:
  • Very similar process to round 1 applications
  • Job details will be posted on deanery websites
  • Applications will be made via www.mtas@nhs.org.uk
  • Round 2 shortlists decided and announced via MTAS by end-May
  • Interviews will take place in June
  • Offers will be made via MTAS to successful applicants by end-June
August 2007 onwards Specialty training programmes start

  • Consider the specialty person specifications as soon as you can
  • Assess yourself realistically against the criteria
  • Think about your life choices: personal / partners / flexible training?
  • Work out which is most important: geography or specialty?
  • Think realistically about career options and choose the most appropriate level to apply to
  • Understand your aptitude and as far as possible, the competitiveness of the specialty you are applying for

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