Questions about the STP application process

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How many specialisms can I choose?

You can select one chosen ‘Preference’ (this is the specialism/theme you would like to train in) as part of your initial application. Applicants successfully shortlisted will select and rank ‘Sub-preferences’ for as many locations/employers as there are available.

Where do I go to in Oriel to update my sub-preferences?

The example below highlights the location in Oriel where you must go to update your sub-preferences. Once you have selected your choice(s) by sliding them to the wanted column of the sub-preference page, press save. You can come back and edit this section of the application up until the sub-preference deadline.

How many sub preferences can I choose?

You can choose as many sub preferences/locations that you would like to work at. The School’s website shows the locations and specialties/themes of all available training posts. This information is updated regularly to reflect any changes to commissions that occur during the application process.

In the application form, there is a section about how applicants meet the STP person specification. You tell applicants not to write about their qualifications. Does this mean I can’t include anything I have done in university?

This means that you should not list or identify your qualifications in the section. You will have already added your qualification details elsewhere in the application and they will be evaluated in their own right by the shortlisters. However, you can write about activities associated with your studies. For example, your experience of team working or leadership during a university project.

What scientific specialism should I apply for?

Your chosen specialism should be relevant to your choice of future career and your academic qualifications. Applicants can only apply for one specialism. Before you submit your application to the STP, do as much research as possible to ensure you choose the specialty you really want to follow.

Read more about the individual specialisms on the Health Careers website and about the STP curricula in the Curriculum Library.

Can I request feedback on my application if I'm unsuccessful?

Unfortunately, due to the amount of applications received it is not possible to provide feedback.

At what point in the selection process are our references contacted?

Referees will not be contacted until you pass the interviews and are allocated to a training provider. Make sure you contact your referees as early as possible to confirm that they are happy to support the application and provide a reference.

Will the supporting information sections be marked as a whole?

Yes, if you include information in one section you do not need to repeat this in another section.

What documents are we required to upload to the Oriel platform?

Only upload documents when prompted to by Oriel. You will only be prompted based on the answers you provide. For example, if you require special circumstances or reasonable adjustments. We do not accept CVs as supporting evidence.

If unsuccessful this year, can I re-apply next year?

Yes, we would welcome further applications.

Should work experience or part-time employment be placed in the employment history section or is that just for full-time paid employment?

Yes, you can add any voluntary work/work experience is this section. However, you must indicate that this is non-paid work.

Will you close applications early if you reach a certain number of applicants?

No, applications will not close early. However, try to avoid submitting your application at the last minute. Typically, most applications are submitted in the last 48 hours, which slows the system down due to high volumes of traffic. Under no circumstances will late applications be considered.

Is the person specification the general specification on the website?

Yes, this is the person specification for all specialties.

How do we communicate applicant outcomes at each stage of the process?

We use direct messaging in Oriel to contact you about the progress of your application. Regularly check your Oriel account to stay informed. We may also use the email address supplied to us, but your main source of information throughout will be Oriel.

When completing the application, can we do this in stages and save progress rather than doing it all at once?

Yes, once you have registered on Oriel you can login whenever you wish and add your details. We recommend regularly saving your application while you are doing this.

Can you apply this year, but defer starting to next year?

No, deferrals can only be considered for statutory reasons such as maternity. As part of the application you are asked to declare that you are available to start in the coming September.

Are there any application form tips that you can provide?
  • make sure you read all the guidance information in the STP applicants section
  • tell us how you meet the requirements in the three reflective statements
  • check the key dates and deadlines
  • check your junk/spam folder if you don’t receive an expected email
  • for the situational judgement test make sure you are free from interruptions and ensure you have a stable internet connection
Why does the process take so long?

All applications are processed through strict standardised recruitment processes. This is done by a small dedicated team at the School. However, some parts of the process requires input from the scientific community, in addition to their usual workload. We thank you in advance for your patience.

Which STP vacancy do I apply for? Direct entry or in service?

A direct entry post is open to anyone with at least a 2:1 undergraduate degree in a relevant science subject, or a 2:2 with a relevant master’s degree. Direct entry applicants cannot apply for an in service post.

An in service post is only open to existing NHS staff working in a recognised scientific specialty, who meet the qualification requirements and have been nominated by their employer. However, an in service applicant can apply for a direct entry post but they would have to resign from their current employment to start the programme.

Can I amend my application once submitted?

No, it is not possible to amend your application once this has been submitted. Only personal information as part of your Oriel account can be amended, for example your contact number/email address.

Why has the application window been reduced?

The application window has been reduced to include a new Situational Judgment Test (SJT) window. Applicants must submit their application before the SJT window opens.

In the references section what does start and end date mean?

This would be the start and end date of the time that you have known this referee. If there is no end date we suggest using  31/08/2022.