Occupational Medicine ST3

Person specification and entry criteria for Occupational Medicine ST3 2023 recruitment

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Essential entry criteria

Qualifications

Applicants must have:

  • MBBS or equivalent medical qualification

Whens is this evaluated?i

  • Application form
  • Pre-employment check

 

i  ‘When is this evaluated’ is indicative but may be carried out at any time throughout the selection process.

Eligibility

Applicants must:

  • be eligible for full registration with, and hold a current licence to practiseii from, the GMC at the advertised post start dateiii 
  • have evidence of achievement of foundation competences from a UKFPO-affiliated foundation programme or equivalent, by time of application in line with GMC standards/Good Medical Practice
  • be eligible to work in the UK
  • have evidence of common professional capabilities expected of trainees entering at ST3 level in occupational medicine via one of the following methods:
    •  
    • current employment in a UK core or specialty training programme, which leads to successful completion of CT2/ST2-level by the advertised post start date
    •  
    • successful completion of CT2/ST2 in a UK core or specialty training programme, as evidenced by ARCP (an outcome 1 or 6)
    • those issued an ARCP outcome other than a 1 or 6 from CT2/ST2 level of a UK core or specialty training programme, will need to submit their ARCP outcome and a Certificate of Completion of Common Professional Capabilitiesiv at time of application
    • have not undergone two years of UK core/specialty training must submit a Certificate of Completion of Common Professional Capabilities at time of application and have at least 24 months experience (not including foundation level experience), in the same specialty areav, by the advertised post start date

When is this evaluated?

  • Application form
  • Interview/selection centrevi
  • Pre-employment check

 

ii The GMC introduced the licence to practise in 2009. Any doctor wishing to practise in the UK after this date must be both registered with and hold a licence to practise from the GMC at time of appointment. 

iii ‘The advertised post start date’ refers to the first date from which posts recruited in a round can commence. This will be specified clearly within the published advertisement for that recruitment round.

iv The Certificate of Completion of Common Professional Capabilities can be accessed from the Oriel Resource Bank.

v ‘Specialty area’ means having 24 months experience in the same field, e.g. medicine, surgery, paediatrics, psychiatry etc. to be comparable with the experience gained in a UK core or specialty training programme. It is not permissible to mix and match the 24 months between different specialty areas.

vi ‘Selection centre’ refers to a process, not a place. It involves a number of selection activities which may be delivered as part of the application process. 

Fitness to practise

Applicant is up to date and fit to practise safely.

When is this evaluated?

  • Application form
  • References
Language skills

Applicants must have demonstrable skills in written and spoken English, adequate to enable effective communication about medical topics with patients and colleagues, as assessed by the General Medical Councilvii.

When is this evaluated?

  • Application form
  • Interview/selection centre

 

vii Applicants are advised to visit the GMC website which gives details of evidence accepted for registration.

Health

Applicants must meet professional health requirements (in line with GMC standards/Good Medical Practice).

When is this evaluated?

  • Application form
  • Pre-employment health screening
Career progression

Applicants must:

  • be able to provide complete details of their employment history
  • have evidence that their career progression is consistent with their personal circumstances
  • have evidence that their present level of achievement and performance is commensurate with the totality of their period of training
  • have notified the Training Programme Directory of the specialty training programme they are currently training in if applying to continue training in the same specialty in another regionviii
  • not already hold, nor be eligible to hold, a CCT/CESR in the specialty they are applying for and/or must not currently be eligible for the specialist register for the specialty to which they are applying
  • not have previously relinquished or been released or removed from a training programme in this specialty or associated core training programme, except if they have received an ARCP outcome 1 (outcome 6 for associated core training) or under exceptional circumstancesix 
  • for those wishing to be considered for Locum Appointment for Training (LAT) posts (where available): no more than 24 months experience in LAT posts in the specialty by intended start date

When is this evaluated?

  • Application form
  • Interview/selection centre

 

viii The Support for Application to another region form, signed by the Training Programme Director of their current Specialty Training Programme confirming satisfactory progress must be submitted to the recruitment office managing that application at time of application.

ix Exceptional circumstances may be defined as a demonstrated change in circumstances, which can be shown on the ability to train at that time and may include severe person illness or family caring responsibility incompatible with continuing to train.  Applicants will only be considered if they provide a ‘support for reapplication to a specialty training programme’ form signed by both the Training Programme Director/Head of School and the Postgraduate Dean in the region that the training took place.  No other evidence will be accepted.  Please note that this requirement does not apply to trainees who exited Core Medical Training with an ARCP outcome 3 or 4 where they were only missing the full MRCP(UK) diploma.

Application completion

All sections of application form completed fully according to written guidelines.

When is this evaluated?

  • Application form

Selection criteria

Qualifications

Essential

Applicants must have:

  • MBBS or equivalent medical qualification

Desirable

  • Completion of a UK college membership examination by time of application (e.g. MRCP(UK), MRCGP etc).
  • Higher degrees including MSc, PhD or MD (where the research thesis is not part of first medical degree).

When is this evaluated?

  • Application form
  • Interview/selection centre
Clinical experience

Essential

Applicants must:

  • be able to provide complete details of their employment history
  • have evidence that their career progression is consistent with their personal circumstances
  • have evidence that their present level of achievement and performance is commensurate with the totality of their period of training
  • have notified the Training Programme Directory of the specialty training programme they are currently training in if applying to continue training in the same specialty in another regionviii
  • not already hold, nor be eligible to hold, a CCT/CESR in the specialty they are applying for and/or must not currently be eligible for the specialist register for the specialty to which they are applying
  • not have previously relinquished or been released or removed from a training programme in this specialty or associated core training programme, except if they have received an ARCP outcome 1 (outcome 6 for associated core training) or under exceptional circumstancesix 
  • for those wishing to be considered for Locum Appointment for Training (LAT) posts (where available): no more than 24 months experience in LAT posts in the specialty by intended start date

Desirable

  • Evidence of experience in a range of acute specialties, with experience of managing patients on unselected medical take during core training, or equivalent.

When is this evaluated?

  • Application form
  • Interview/selection centre
  • References
Clinical skills – clinical knowledge and expertise

Essential

  • Demonstrates appropriate technical and diagnostic competence.
  • Ability to apply sound clinical knowledge and judgement.
  • Competence at core or GP completion level in the management of medical emergencies, inpatients and outpatients, as required by the relevant curriculum.
  • Able to work without direct supervision, where appropriate.
  • Able to prioritise clinical need.
  • Able to maximise safety and minimise risk.

When is this evaluated?

  • Application form
  • Interview/selection centre
  • References
Academic skills

Essential

Research, audit and quality improvement skills
  • Demonstrates understanding of research, including awareness of ethical issues.
  • Demonstrates understanding of the basic principles of audit, clinical risk management, evidence-based practice, patient safety and clinical quality improvement initiatives.
  • Demonstrates knowledge of evidence-informed practice.
  • Demonstrates an understanding of clinical governance.
Teaching
  • Evidence of teaching experience and/or training in teaching.

Desirable

Research, audit and quality improvement skills
  • Demonstrates an understanding of research methodology.
  • Evidence of relevant academic and research achievements, and involvement in a formal research project.
  • Evidence of relevant academic publications.
  • Evidence of involvement in an audit project, a quality improvement project, formal research project or other activity which:
    • focuses on patient safety and clinical improvement
    • demonstrates an interest in and commitment to the specialty beyond the mandatory curriculum
  • Evidence of a portfolio of audit or quality improvement projects, including where the audit loop has been closed and there is evidence of learning of the principles of change management.
  • Evidence of exceptional achievement in medicine.
Teaching
  • Evidence of involvement in teaching students, postgraduates and other professionals.
  • Evidence of participation in a teaching course.

When is this evaluated?

  • Application form
  • Interview/selection centre
  • References
Personal skills

Essential

Communication skills
  • Demonstrates clarity in written and spoken communication, and capacity to adapt language to the situation, as appropriate.
  • Able to build rapport, listen, persuade and negotiate
Problem solving and decision making
  • Capacity to use logical and lateral thinking to solve problems and make decisions, indicating an analytical and scientific approach.
Empathy and sensitivity
  • Capacity to take in others’ perspectives and treat others with understanding; sees patients as people.
  • Demonstrates respect for all.
Managing others and team involvement
  • Able to work in multi-professional teams and supervise junior medical staff.
  • Ability to show leadership, make decisions, organise and motivate other team members for the benefit of patients through, for example, audit and quality improvement projects.
  • Capacity to work effectively with others.
Organisation and planning
  • Capacity to manage and prioritise time and information effectively.
  • Capacity to prioritise own workload and organise ward rounds.
  • Evidence of thoroughness (is well prepared, shows self-discipline and commitment, is punctual and meets deadlines).
Vigilance and situational awareness
  • Capacity to monitor developing situations and anticipate issues.
Coping with pressure and managing uncertainty
  • Capacity to operate under pressure.
  • Demonstrates initiative and resilience to cope with changing circumstances.
  • Is able to deliver good clinical care in the face of uncertainty.
Values
  • Understands, respects and demonstrates the values of the NHS (such as everyone counts; improving lives; commitment to quality of care; respect and dignity; working together for patients; compassion).

Desirable

Management and leadership skills
  • Evidence of involvement in management commensurate with experience.
  • Demonstrates an understanding of NHS management and resources.
  • Evidence of effective multi-disciplinary team working and leadership, supported by multi-source feedback or other workplace-based assessments.
  • Evidence of effective leadership in and outside medicine.
IT Skills
  • Demonstrates information technology skills.
Other
  • Evidence of achievement outside medicine.
  • Evidence of altruistic behaviour, for example, voluntary work.

When is this evaluated?

  • Application form
  • Interview/selection centre
  • References
Probity – professional integrity

Essential

  • Demonstrates probity (displays honesty, integrity, aware of ethical dilemmas, respects confidentiality).
  • Capacity to take responsibility for own actions.

When is this evaluated?

  • Application form
  • Interview/selection centre
  • References
Commitment to specialty – learning and personal development

Essential

  • Shows initiative, drive and enthusiasm (self-starter, motivated, shows curiosity, initiative).
  • Demonstrable interest in, and understanding of, the specialty.
  • Commitment to personal and professional development.
  • Evidence of self-reflective practice.

Desirable

  • Extracurricular activities or achievements relevant to the specialty.
  • Evidence of participation at meetings and activities relevant to the specialty.
  • Attendance at relevant courses or training, for example, deafness and disability awareness, manual communication skills.
  • Evidence of attendance at organised teaching and training programmes relevant to the specialty.

When is this evaluated?

  • Application form
  • Interview/selection centre
  • References