Making your STP application


Register on Oriel, the online application portal

You can register on Oriel as soon as you wish but you will not be able to apply until the application window for the vacancy opens. Click this link to view the date and time of the application window.

Once on the Oriel website ( click on ‘Register’ in the top right-hand corner to create your user account. Make sure you use an email address that we can contact you on until the programme start date. Select the option ‘Register to apply to scientist training programmes’ and continue.

Complete the remaining details to create your user account. The information you provide will be used to auto populate some parts of the application. When entering your employment history, Oriel requires you to enter an end date for your current employment. If you are in current employment and will need to leave your job to join the programme, enter the date 31 August 2023.

We use direct messaging in Oriel to contact you about applications in progress. Make sure you check your Oriel account on a regular basis to stay informed. We may also use the email address supplied to us, but your main source of information will be via Oriel.

When using Oriel do not have the programme open in more than one tab within a single browser. Doing so will cause accidental data changes to be made when a save occurs in one of the tabs. We recommend that you access Oriel using Google Chrome or you can check the browser requirements below.

Minimum browser requirements for Oriel
Browser Version
BlackBerry >=6
Apple Safari >=7
Google Chrome >=30
Microsoft Internet Explorer 9, 10*, 11
Microsoft Internet Explorer Mobile 11
Microsoft Edge all
Mozilla Firefox 24 – 26*, >=27

Search for a vacancy

Once registered and logged into your Oriel account click on the vacancies tab. You can search for the vacancy using the name of the programme you would like to apply for.

Make sure you select the correct post type as there will be two to choose from:

  • one for direct entry applications – ‘healthcare science’ (this is the vacancy for the majority of applicants)
  • one specifically for in-service entry – ‘healthcare science in service’ (this is for existing NHS staff who have been nominated by their employer who has an approved post)

Once you have found the correct vacancy select ‘Apply’.

In-service applicants will be sent a code from their employer which will be needed to complete the application form. If you are an in-service applicant, you can also apply for a direct entry vacancy. If successful in getting a direct entry post, you would have to resign from your current role.

Direct entry applicants do not require a code for their application and cannot apply for in-service vacancies.


Complete the application form

You can only make one application per vacancy. If you try to submit more than one application for a single vacancy, you will be removed from the recruitment process. You can save and return to your application as many times as you like, before finally submitting it.

It is very important that you complete your application form in a timely manner. The NSHCS cannot guarantee all queries will be answered during the last 48 hours of the application window.

Screening questions

The application form has initial screening questions. You must meet the minimum eligibility criteria to be able to proceed with the application. You must provide:

  • personal details
  • academic information
  • work experience information
  • general employment information
  • equality and diversity data

You may have already provided some of this data when completing the registration process. If so, this will auto-populate your application form.

Supporting information

This is where you will need to demonstrate how your skills and experience meet the person specification for the programme. This section of the form, along with the education section, will be viewable by shortlisters.

Choosing your preferences

Your ‘preferences’ is the specialty you would like to train in. Direct entry applicants must select one chosen specialty as part of the initial application form. To select and save your preference, you will need to use a ‘drag and drop’ motion. You must select and drag your chosen preference from the ‘not wanted column’, and ‘drop’ it into the ‘wanted column’. Further guidance can be found within the Oriel resource bank.

Reasonable adjustment requests for the SJT

If you are eligible to receive extra time to complete the SJT as a ‘reasonable adjustment’ under disability legislation, you must indicate this in the reasonable adjustments section of the application form and upload evidence before submitting. Your evidence should consist of one of the following:

  • a Cognitive Diagnostic Report confirming your learning disability
  • documentation from a registered healthcare professional confirming your requirement – this can be from a doctor, physiotherapist, optician, or psychologist or similar and should be on headed paper and signed by the practitioner

Your request will be reviewed, and you will be informed whether the additional time has been approved or not through Oriel. Do not start the SJT until you know if your request has been approved or rejected.

If you need to contact us about a reasonable adjustment, please email

Applicants with disabilities

Health Education England operates under the Disability Confidence scheme to ensure applicants with disabilities are not discriminated against in any of its recruitment processes.

To apply under this policy, you must tick the relevant box in your application form that indicates you have special circumstances. Once you have ticked this box, the next step is to complete the special circumstances request form and email your form, together with supporting evidence, to This must be done after your application has been submitted and before the application closing date. Click this link to view the Disability Confidence policy.

Fitness to practise questions

The fitness to practise questions in the application form cover things such as criminal convictions. If you answer ‘yes’ to any of these questions, you are required to email further information to We must receive this no later than the closing date of the vacancy. Please mark your email as ‘confidential’.

If you are successful at the interview stage, the information you have provided will be considered by a panel. They will decide whether the information you have provided makes you unsuitable for the programme.

False declarations

Any false declarations will invalidate your application.