Applying to radiology training (UK)

Dr Derek Smith et al.

Application to radiology training in the UK is through a national process. There is one application track for posts in England, Wales and Scotland and another for training in Northern Ireland.  In 2015, there were 211 posts in England, Scotland and Wales.

Applications are open to those who are completing or who have completed their Foundation Training or equivalent competencies by commencement in August.

All administration for the national recruitment programme is coordinated through London Shared Services and is accessed through the Oriel recruitment website.

Competition ratios

Radiology is a popular training programme and this is reflected in the competition for places. Figures for the national recruitment 2012-14 are available on the RCR website and the 2015 ratio was about 3.5 applicants for each available post.

There are equivocal applicant rates from Foundation training, and those in core or specialty programmes, but no data on successful offers.

Interview process

Interviews are usually held in January and are held in London. The interview process is split into five sections lasting eight minutes each. The first section is a preparation station for sections B and C.

Station A: Commitment and understanding of radiology as a career

This station assesses candidates' knowledge of working in radiology, its role in the National Health Service and potential challenges faced in training.

Station B: Audit evaluation

This is divided in two sections.

The candidates' portfolio will be assessed in this station showing evidence of presentations, publications, post-graduate qualifications, courses attended.

Candidates will also be asked to present their review of a short audit abstract prepared during preparation station.

Station C: Radiology skills

This is also divided in two sections.

The first section involves prioritising five radiology requests as an on-call radiology registrar on a weekend assessing clinical judgement and awareness of pressures on radiology departments.

The next is an assessment of image interpretation and can include plain film, CT, MRI, nuclear medicine, PET CT or ultrasound studies. There will be questions on the findings and some discussion around clinical management of the condition.

Station D: Professionalism, ethics and decision making

A number of clinical situations can be discussed in this section including professionalism, working with colleagues, consent, research ethics and communication skills.

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