Applying to an in-service post


Make sure you read the applicant guidance, relevant FAQ’s and all-important documents relating to the STP application process before starting your application.

Your application will require:

  • personal details
  • academic details
  • work experience details
  • employment details
  • equality and diversity details
  • supporting information to demonstrate suitability for the programme

As an in-service applicant you do not choose a location, as you will stay with your employer who has nominated you for the post. You will need to confirm the preference (scientific specialty) and employer as part of your application. You will also need to email copies of your academic qualifications, which meet the entry requirements, to  If required, you must also email any other documents indicated on the application form e.g. fitness to practice declaration, UK ENIC Statement of Comparability or English language competency evidence. All documents must be received by the School before the application closing date.

In-service applicants will be accepted on the programme provided:

  • they have satisfactorily completed all sections of the application
  • it is accepted minimum academic requirements are met
  • the employer confirms to us a) competition of the selection process and b) they consider the applicant to meet the person specification

Internal selection process/interview

As an in-service applicant you will not go through longlisting or shortlisting. This is because you are already a substantive NHS employee and have gone through recruitment and selection processes for your current post.

For STP 2023 recruitment the NSHCS will not interview in-service applicants. All applicants who meet the requirements and are sponsored by their department will be accepted on the programme.

Employers must email the recruitment team at providing written confirmation of having carried out appropriate local recruitment and selection against the person specification. They must confirm that they have conducted a local interview and that, in their professional view, the applicant meets the person specification.

Please ensure the email includes the name of the applicant and details of the post and is sent by a senior manager in the department. The NSHCS will then issue the in-service application code. The employer must ensure that the nominated applicant supplies copies of documents to demonstrate eligibility including qualifications and where required UK ENIC and English Language proficiency.


Conditions for in-service applicants

An in-service applicant:

  • must hold a current contract of employment in the NHS specialty for which they are applying
  • must apply and be allocated through the NSHCS recruitment process outlined in this guidance
  • will be employed by their employer throughout the programme whilst retaining their substantive post
  • will follow the whole programme and must be released from service duties, as appropriate, to undertake their education and training
  • must be part of the planned workforce numbers required for training, and have occupied an existing NHS salaried post within the same department as the training post, prior to training
  • must have permission from their employer to undertake the required academic and work-based training requirements
  • must have been selected by the employing department – the department must be satisfied that the applicant matches the person specification for the role and meets the entry requirements
  • will not go through a shortlisting process as they are not in competition for their nominated post
  • must be trained in a department accredited by the NSHCS as an STP training provider
  • must be assessed using an e-portfolio and/or any other monitoring and quality assurance processes used by the NSHCS
  • must sit the synoptic final assessment as set by the NSHCS
  • must complete the postgraduate academic programme

Considerations for in-service applicants

The applicant must:

  • Be aware of any potential additional cost to themselves associated with undertaking the programme, for example travel and subsistence if on placement away from their normal work location.
  • Be aware of the application and admissions criteria and processes with which they will need to comply and that their training place is dependent on these criteria being met.
  • Be aware of the probable provider of the academic programme and have obtained confirmation from the provider that their qualifications meet the admissions criteria of the provider.  If the university does not accept that the applicant’s qualifications meet the entry requirements, the application cannot proceed.