Specialty Applications

Plastic Surgery ST3 Specialty Training Advert 2023-2024

The information and documents included on this page are to help you prepare for your future specialty training applications.

The information is from specialty training posts advertised in 2023, with a start date from August 2024. Please be aware specialty training advertisements, links, recruitment leads, post numbers, etc. can change and there is no guarantee that future advertisements and application processes will remain the same. 

Job Advert

The text below is for posts advertised in November-December 2023, with a start date from August 2024. It is included here for information to help you prepare for future applications.

Please be aware specialty training advertisements, links, recruitment leads, post numbers, etc. can change and there is no guarantee that future advertisements and application processes will remain the same. 

Training Programme:Plastic Surgery ST3
Post Type:Specialty Training
Post Commencing From: August 2024
Duration (months):72
Recruitment Lead:London and Kent, Surrey and Sussex
Recruiting For:England, Scotland, Wales
Enquiries:https://lasepgmdesupport.hee.nhs.uk/support/home
Information:

Plastic Surgery ST3 

Plastic Surgery is a varied specialty involving adults and children and encompassing a wide range of conditions in different parts of the body. Major research areas include wound healing and scar management. The specialty is known for the innovations and advances it has brought to the practice of surgery in general. This includes the use of microsurgical techniques, the understanding of the blood supply of the skin and soft tissues allowing the introduction of many types of flap used in clinical practice, and the introduction of tissue engineering methods in the development of skin substitutes. 

This is for completion of CCT/CESR (CP) subject to satisfactory progression. 

Eligibility Criteria for recruitment to Specialty Training 

All applicants applying to specialty training are required to have essential competences or equivalent depending on the level they are applying for. For more information on competences please refer to the resource bank on Oriel via www.oriel.nhs.uk/Web/ResourceBank and the Medical Specialty Training website: https://medical.hee.nhs.uk/medical-training-recruitment/medical-specialty-training

Please upload all required evidence of competences to your application form when completing it online. For those experiencing difficulties when uploading evidence, please ensure you contact the team via the PGMDE support portal: https://lasepgmdesupport.hee.nhs.uk/support/home 

Please note that there is a strict application policy that applications cannot be accepted after the deadline 

The training programme is equally open to those who may, either from the outset or subsequently, wish to train flexibly or job share. 

Reasonable adjustments and Guaranteed Interview Scheme 

For more information regarding reasonable adjustments and guaranteed interview scheme the Postgraduate Medical & Dental Education (PGMDE) support portal via https://lasepgmdesupport.hee.nhs.uk/support/home  

All applicants applying to medical specialties are required to have essential competences or equivalent depending on the level they are applying for. For more information on competences please refer to the resource bank on Oriel via https://www.oriel.nhs.uk/Web/PermaLink/ResourceBank

Please upload all required evidence of competences to your online application form when completing the application form online. For those experiencing difficulties when uploading evidence, please ensure you contact the team via the PGMDE support portal: https://lasepgmdesupport.hee.nhs.uk/support/home. 

Eligibility Criteria for recruitment to Specialty Training – Immigration Requirements 

All medical practitioners are on the shortage occupation list, this means with the exception of all applicants to Public Health, all specialty recruitment applicants will be exempt from the resident labour market test (RLMT). 

Key dates & information 

A full timeline can be found in the Plastic Surgery Supplementary Handbook attached to this vacancy. Also information is available here: https://medical.hee.nhs.uk/medical-training-recruitment/medical-specialty-training/surgery/higher-surgery/plastic-surgery 

Interview dates: Monday 8th April to Tuesday 9th April 2024

Interview venue:  Remote Interviews

Posts commence from: 7th August 2024 

Interview process 

Document checking: A list of documents required for interview is available under the downloads on document section of the website. 

Length of interview: 30 minutes 

Interview structure: Multi-station interview. There will be a 10-minute OSCE section, a 10-minute clinical section of the interview and a 10-minute structured interview.

Preferencing Posts  

Preferencing will be made available via Oriel, more information will follow at a later stage. 

Contacts / Enquiries

Please visit the London and Kent, Surrey & Sussex Support Portal where you will find a series of FAQs, and you will be able to submit an enquiry to the London and Kent, Surrey and Sussex Recruitment Team. 

If you have made a positive declaration in the FTP section, you must contact London and Kent, Surrey & Sussex recruitment office via the support portal by the close of the application window. Failure to provide the outlined information by the close of application may result in your application being withdrawn.

Indicative post numbers:  

Indicative vacancy numbers are available in the table below, broken down by region and divided between substantive national training number (NTN) and locum appointment for training (LAT) posts. In many cases these will be presented as a range (e.g. 0-4) as it is not always possible for regions to know at this stage how many vacancies there will be.

It is the intention that indicative post numbers for all regions will be published prior to the application opening date, although this cannot be guaranteed. Please note that this table is not likely to be updated subsequent to indicative numbers and actual numbers will be confirmed when programme preferences are opened later in the round.

Region  

Indicative Numbers  

Region  

Indicative Numbers  

Health Education England – East Midlands  

0 – 1

Health Education England – East of England  

3 – 7

Health Education England – Kent, Surrey and Sussex  

0 – 0

Health Education England – London  

0 – 5

Health Education England – North East  

0 – 2

Health Education England – North West 

0 – 2

Health Education England – South West 

0 – 2

Health Education England – Thames Valley  / Wessex

3 – 5

Health Education England – West Midlands  

3 – 5

Health Education England – Yorkshire and Humber  

 

Scotland  

4 – 5

Wales  

 

Numbers subject to change

Please be aware that it is not uncommon for vacancy numbers to change as the round progresses.

More commonly, post vacancy numbers can increase as the round goes on (and confirmation of posts becomes available); but it is also possible that numbers can reduce as well. In the past, post numbers have risen an average of 20-40% from the start to the finish of the round but this can vary greatly for individual specialty/region combinations.

It is possible that regions which do not have a post at the start of the round may declare one after applications have closed. Whilst we try and minimise instances of this, it is not always possible to predict vacancies so even if there appears not to be a vacancy in your preferred specialty/region combination, you may wish to consider applying in case one becomes available during the round; you can check with the region concerned if you wish to check on the likelihood of a post arising.

Generally, once a region enters a post into a round, they would always have at least one post available and would only withdraw it in exceptional circumstances.

*Please be advised there is a typo on the burns surgery section on the self-assessment section for answer E. This should read Excise and SSG wound >50%

Links

The following links were included within the advertisement. Some links may only be live or working during the application and recruitment window.

Documents

Application Form

For specialty-specific questions please visit the Plastic Surgery ST3 application form page.

For the generic application form questions applicable to all specialties please visit the application form page.

Competition Ratios

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For further information and all competition data please see the Competition Ratios page.

Fill Rates

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For regional fill rate data please see the Plastic Surgery fill rates page.