Latest statement

Statement published on 1st April 2020

We are considering all options for allocation of training places for a September intake

We appreciate that you will be experiencing uncertainty and frustration about the progress of your application. The current situation is unpredictable and changeable. We are working on the strong and desired assumption that it will be possible to start a new cohort of trainees on the Scientist Training Programme in September. We are considering all options for allocation of training places without the face-to-face multiple interviews. Our proposals must be developed with great care to ensure that we remain within employment law and acceptable practice and can provide a fair, transparent and quality-assured recruitment process.

We are grateful to applicants for having expressed their preference for training locations: this will give us a picture of the likelihood of being able to achieve a reasonable match of trainees to the training places available. In the present circumstances we cannot be sure that all the training places originally advertised will still be in a position to take on a trainee come September but, for the time being, we are assuming they will.

We will let all applicants know the precise details of how we intend to proceed as soon as a definitive decision has been made. We will provide a further update by April 10th. As soon as we have every step of the revised a process in place we will explain it to you and ask you whether you want to go ahead with your application on that basis.

Please find below information dependent on your role for STP recruitment interviews.

Information for applicants

Latest information as of 13th March 2020 at 12:30pm 

Although you have been notified of an interview time and date, your interview will not now go ahead as scheduled.

We appreciate that applicants will want further information swiftly. However, as this is an unprecedented situation, developing a process to replace the interviews will require careful consideration. We will let you know as soon as a decision has been taken.

We thank you in advance for your understanding at this time.

FAQs for applicants

Will alternative interviews be offered, for example via Skype?

You will not be offered an interview in an alternative format at the date and time curently booked within Oriel. This interview will not be going ahead.

Alternative options for selection to the programme are being considered and will be communicated as soon as possible. This information will be available on our website.

Will my status change on Oriel? 

Your status will not change on Oriel. Although your interview time and date will show, your interview will not now go ahead as scheduled.

Will the deadline to selecting our sub-preferences change?

The deadline for choosing sub-preferences was brought forward to enable our informed planning for recruitment to the STP for 2020.

Sub preferencing options will now close on Monday 30th March at 16:00 hrs.

Will I be reimbursed any travel and accommodation expenses?

At the time the decision to cancel the recruitment interview event was made we understand you may have already booked travel and accommodation.

Unfortunately, the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in many decisions that are truly beyond our control and whilst we empathise with any losses incurred, we are unable to reimburse applicants.

We recommend contacting your travel provider and accommodation provider directly as some are able to issue refunds.

Information for panelists

Latest information as of 13th March 2020 at 12:30pm 

This is an unprecedented situation, developing a process to replace the interviews will require careful consideration. We will need to do this with buy-in from the scientific community, so that employers can be satisfied that selection is based on a robust and fair process. We will let all parties know as soon as a decision has been taken.

In the meantime, we are of course aware that some individuals have incurred expenses. Any expenses incurred before today’s date (Friday 13th March 2020) will be reimbursed within normal policy but please do not book any travel or accommodation for the interviews from now onwards.

We want to take this opportunity to thank you for your ongoing support and understanding during this unprecedented situation.

FAQs for interview panelists

Will I be reimbursed any travel and accommodation expenses?

Any travel and accommodation expenses incurred by interview panel members before 13th March will be reimbursed as normal.

However in the first instance please try contacting your travel provider and accommodation provider directly as some are able to issue refunds.

Due to the current circumstances our recruitment team is working from home so will be unable to process any forms received by post, in the meantime please ensure claim forms are printed, signed, scanned and submitted via email to nshcs.mscrecruitment@hee.nhs.uk

Information for employers/training centres

Latest information as of 13th March 2020 at 12:30pm 

We appreciate that training centres will want further information swiftly and will be anxious to ensure that the 2020 cohort can be recruited in time for a September start. However, as this is an unprecedented situation, developing a process to replace the interviews will require careful consideration. We will need to do this with buy-in from the scientific community including the employers and HEIs, so that all our stakeholders can be satisfied that selection is based on a robust and fair process. We will let all parties know as soon as a decision has been taken.

We want to take this opportunity to thank you for your ongoing support and understanding during this unprecedented situation.

Information for HEIs

Latest information as of 13th March 2020 at 12:30pm 

We appreciate that HEIs will want further information swiftly and will be anxious to ensure that the 2020 cohort can be recruited in time for a September start. However, as this is an unprecedented situation, developing a process to replace the interviews will require careful consideration. We will need to do this with buy-in from the scientific community including the HEIs, so that all our stakeholders can be satisfied that selection is based on a robust and fair process. We will let all parties know as soon as a decision has been taken.

We want to take this opportunity to thank you for your ongoing support and understanding during this unprecedented situation.