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National Recruitment for Ophthalmic Specialist Training

Health Education South West (Severn) coordinate national recruitment into Ophthalmic Specialist Training (OST) on behalf of The Royal College of Ophthalmologists.

The interviews are hosted at a single centre and candidates are able to preference all available posts across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

All enquiries should be made directly to the recruiting team either by ringing 01454 252610 or emailing [email protected] .

National Recruitment changes from 2020 – Letter from Training Committee (October 2019):

  1. Entry into training will be possible above the OST1 level.
  2. Recruitment (all levels) will be done at the same time in the same location.
  3. OST4 will be the highest appointable level to accommodate future curriculum changes.

Key dates

Applications open: 7 November 2019
Application closing date: 29 November 2019

Multi-Specialty Recruitment Assessment (MSRA): from 3 to 11 January 2020
Invitations to interview expected: 23 January 2020
Interviews: 7 February 2020

The College has produced additional information by region for trainees applying for National Recruitment to assist in deciding on preference – please click here to see the list of regions.

For further information about OST1 Recruitment: http://www.severndeanery.nhs.uk/recruitment/vacancies/show/ophth-1-2020


Applications open: 7 November 2019
Application closing date: 29 November 2019
Interviews: 6 February 2020

For further information about OST3 Recruitment: http://www.severndeanery.nhs.uk/recruitment/vacancies/show/ophth-3-2020


Medical Ophthalmology

There was a change to the ST3 Medical Ophthalmology entry requirements in 2016.  Trainees from an ophthalmology background – who completed ST2 and passed the FRCOphth Part 1 by August 2016 – may be eligible to apply. Successful applicants enter at ST3 level but complete a period of core medical training as part of their programme.

More information is available from the following sources: http://www.jrcptb.org.uk/specialties/medical-ophthalmology

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