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Applying for specialty training in O&G

Important information about the 2016/17 O&G ST1 recruitment process.

The application process

The process for recruitment into O&G ST1 posts in 2016/17 will be different to that used in previous years.

Applications will be accepted in November 2016 for posts commencing in August/October 2017. Exact timings and more information will be available on the Oriel website later in 2016.

The interview process will remain similar to that used in previous recruitment rounds, with applicants undergoing a number of stations to test clinical knowledge and communication skills. However, the main change is that all applicants will be interviewed in one location.

Interviews will take place as follows:

  • Venue: Etihad Stadium, Manchester
  • Dates: All interviews to take place week commencing Monday 23 January 2017

Applicants will be able to preference any of the available posts, and posts will be offered based on ranking after interview.

Please note: that while posts in England, Scotland and Wales will be included, Northern Ireland will be running a separate process.

We will also be piloting the use of a Specialty Recruitment Assessment (SRA) as part of the O&G ST1 recruitment process – further details of this will be made available later in the year. The SRA will take place early in 2017 for those applicants that pass longlisting.

If you have any queries, please contact

You can also read information issued by Health Education England North West (who will be coordinating the process this year).


Interviewers are required from all parts of England, Scotland and Wales. If you are interested in interviewing and are available to be in Manchester for some or all of the week commencing Monday 23rd January 2017, please contact your Head of School.

Further information

For information about the national recruitment process for specialty training in obstetrics and gynaecology (O&G), please visit the Oriel website.

Please also explore this section of the RCOG website, which provides useful information for anyone considering a career in O&G.

We also provide guidance for non-UK doctors who are interested in working and training in the UK.

Elsewhere on the site

Specialty training in O&G
Read an overview of the specialty training programme in obstetrics and gynaecology
O&G curriculum
See the full curriculum for specialty training in obstetrics and gynaecology