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Recruitment into consultant posts

Consultants are appointed through open competition.

The RCOG offer a job plan review and approval service for consultant posts before they are advertised. Approved posts should also have an RCOG representative at the interview.

To apply for a consultant post, you need to:

If you’re an international medical graduate, you will need the relevant visa.

Consultant interviews are focused on your ability to demonstrate desirable skills such as communication, leadership, delivering quality improvement projects, negotiating with a patient or their family about care pathways, writing business cases and evidencing how you have incorporated changes. Consultants perform these activities on a daily basis. Therefore, gaining this experience throughout your career is beneficial.

Take up opportunities to gain additional experience in these areas and develop the skills necessary to be a consultant. For example, join a consultant in writing a business case or observe them conduct a complaint meeting with the family, attend a risk management meeting, observe a Root Cause Analysis (RCA), attend a coroner’s court inquest, support an audit.

For further guidance, watch this short video by the NHS on consultant interviews.