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Applying for specialty training in O&G

Important information about the 2018/2019 O&G ST1 and ST3 recruitment process

The application process

Applications for ST1 will open for posts commencing Aug/Oct 2019 on Wednesday 7 November 2018 until Thursday 29 November 2019.
Exact timings and more information will be available on the Oriel website.

The application process is now managed by Health Education England North West (HEE NW). Please see the O&G ST1 recruitment page at HEE NW.

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.

Interviews will take place as follows:

  • Venue: Etihad Stadium, Manchester
  • ST1 Interviews take place the week of Monday 28 January 2019 until Friday 1 February 2019
  • ST3 Interviews take place Thursday 11 and Friday 12 April 2019

Changes for 2019

  • Alternative Certificate of Foundation Competencies renamed as Certificate of Readiness to Enter Specialty Training

If you have any queries, please contact HEE NW at

Further information

Doctors applying at ST3 should note the information regarding the CCT and CESR (CP) certification routes. Please read the information on the RCOG and GMC websites. Newly appointed ST3 trainees will need to seek advice from their LETB/HEE/regional office as to how their previous experience will be regarded in the certification process.

If you are interested in applying at ST3 level, please see the information at

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