Advanced Training in Cleft Lip and Palate Surgery

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Applicant Guide

Health Education England (Severn) co-ordinates recruitment to advanced training fellowships on behalf of the Royal College of Surgeons. All details are posted on this website and NHS Jobs. Details of the advanced training available can also be found on the JCST's website. 


Tip for applying: Please read the whole application process before starting an application. 


Training Posts and Locations 


Further details of the training centres available including a description of each unit can be found within the recruitment website under the link entitled “Job Descriptions”.  Further details of the Training Interface Group can also be found by following the link to the JCST website. 




There are eligibility criteria that apply to advanced training posts in the United Kingdom. If you are submitting an application, you will need to make sure that you meet the criteria by the closing date of applications or the commencing date of the post where stated. 


These requirements are outlined in the person specification. 


To be eligible for the advanced training posts candidates must be pre-certification at time of taking up the position. Where a CCT date falls within the fellowship it is a requirement to extend the CCT date to complete the whole fellowship. A period of grace cannot be included within this period. 


Tip for applying: It is important that you demonstrate the essential criteria in the person specification to ensure your application proceeds through the process.  Please refer to the person specification when completing your application. 


Applying Online through the Oriel Recruitment System 


A single application form should be completed and submitted through the Oriel On-line Recruitment System. 


To access Oriel to apply, please visit: 


You will need to create an account (account registration) before you can apply to a vacancy. After registration, you will be able to apply and track the progress of your application. 


Account Registration is available from the home page of Oriel.  An applicant user guide is also available on the home page that will assist you in using the system at each stage of the recruitment process. 



Completing an Application 


Applications open at 10:00 am on the 29th of April 2019. 


The specialty of “Cleft Lip and Palate Surgery” can be selected from the vacancy list within Oriel.  The vacancy contains information which will assist you with your application, including the person specification. 


To access the application form please select the “apply here” button at the top of the screen. 


The application form does not contain any “white space questions”.  Candidates will be asked to bring further evidence of competence/achievement to the interviews.  This will be in the form of a paper portfolio. 


Only one application can be accepted and where multiple applications are submitted, only the first application submitted will be included in the process.  Alterations cannot be made to an application once it has been submitted. 


Tip: We recommend you save and check your application and only press the submit button when you have carried out this process. This will ensure you are submitting the correct version of your application. 


Submitting an Application 


Applications can be submitted at any point until 4:00 pm on the 31st of May 2019.  Late applications will not be accepted. 


Tip: Submit your application at least 30 minutes before the closing time of the application process. 


Fitness to Practice 


Applicants with fitness to practice declarations will need to submit additional documentation clearly defining the declaration, including dates and outcome.  The information should be emailed to  prior to the closing date of applications. 




All applications will be checked for evidence of the essential criteria outlined in the person specification. Applications that do not demonstrate the criteria will not continue through the selection process. Applicants will be notified of this decision via email and text message. 


Invitation to Interview 


Applicants will be notified of an invitation to interview via a text message and email by the 7th of June 2019. Interview slots will then be available to book through Oriel 


Tip: Book an interview slot early to maximise choice. 


Applicants will be provided with a link to additional information regarding the interview schedule and the documentation required when invited to attend the interviews. 


Applicants are required to bring two references to the interview. Full details are available under reference guidance. 


Tip: Approach your referees at point of application. 


As part of the selection process applicants will have the opportunity to preference the training location they would like to train within. Candidates invited to interview will be asked to rank the training centres in order of preference and following the interviews a matching process will take place.  




As part of the national process candidates are asked to bring to interview two references on the national structured forms. 


Please refer to the full reference guidance on the website. 


Tip: The national application form requests the names of three referees. For this selection process candidates are only required to provide two references.  One must be the current educational supervisor and the other from your training programme director. 




The interview panel’s main aim is to find out whether you meet the requirements of the person specification for the post for which you are applying, and to make sure that only the best candidates are selected in this competitive process. 


The interviews will be held at Health Education South West, Park House, Bristol, BS34 8YU on the 28th of June 2019. 


The complete process for each candidate may take up 2 hours and further details will be provided within the invitation to interview.  


Paper Portfolio 


Candidates will be asked to bring a paper portfolio to the interviews.  The portfolio will form part of the interview process and will be reviewed by members of the panel.  




Following the interviews, a matching process will take place and successful candidates will be matched to their highest ranked training location (preference) available.  The posts will be offered initially for 12 months with an option to extend for up to a further 12 months, subject to approval. Successful candidates will have 5 days (including weekends) to accept or decline an offer. 


If candidates do not accept or decline an offer within 5 days, the offer will automatically default to decline. 


Candidates that do not receive an offer during the initial process will be notified but advised that if further posts become available the posts will continue to be offered in rank order.  When all the posts have been filled candidates not receiving an offer will be notified. 


Start date 


The posts will be available to take up from November 2019.  The actual start date will be agreed with the successful candidate.  The intention is for the posts to be commenced no later than four/five months after the point of offer. 


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