Urology ST3

Person specification and entry criteria for Urology ST3 2023 recruitment

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Essential entry criteria

Qualifications

Applicants must have:

  • MBBS or equivalent medical qualification
  • Successful completion of MRCS by examination by offer datei

When is this evaluated?ii

  • Application form
  • Interview/selection centreiii

 

iThe published deadline’ refers to a deadline date set in each recruitment round; Round 1 (30/03/2023) Round 2 (20/04/2023) Round 3 (23/10/2023).

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

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

Eligibility

Applicants must:

  • be eligible for full registration with, and hold a current licence to practiseiv from, the General Medical Council (GMC) at the intended start datev
  • have evidence of achievement of foundation competences from a UKFPO-affiliated foundation programme or equivalent, in line with GMC standards / Good Medical Practice; including:
    • make the care of your patient your first concern
    • provide a good standard of practice and care
    • take prompt action if you think that patient safety, dignity or comfort is being compromised
    • protect and promote the health of patients and of the public
    • treat patients as individuals and respect their dignity
    • work in partnership with patients
    • work with colleagues in the ways that best serve patients’ interests
    • be honest and open and act with integrity
    • never discriminate unfairly against patients or colleagues
    • never abuse your patients’ trust in you or the public’s trust in the profession.
  • evidence of achievement of CT/ST1 competences in core surgery at time of application and CT/ST2 competences in core surgery by time of appointmentvi, acceptable evidence includes satisfactory Annual Review of Competency Progression (ARCP) outcome of completion of Core Surgical Training programme or a completed Certificate of Readiness to Enter Higher Surgical Training at time of application
  • be eligible to work in the UK

When is this evaluated?

  • Application form
  • Interview/selection centre

 

iv 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.

v ‘Intended start date’ refers to the date at which the post commences, not (necessarily) the time an offer is accepted.

vi Time of appointment refers to the date at which the post commences.

Fitness to practise

Applicant is up to date and fit to practise safely and is aware of own training needs.

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, assessed by the GMCvii.

When is this evaluated?

  • Application form
  • Pre-employment health screening

 

vi  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 satisfactorily completed an approved Core Surgical Training programme or equivalent by start of post
  • have completed the relevant competencies in Urology as described in the Core Surgical Training curriculum
  • have notified the Training Programme Director of the specialty training programme they are currently training in if applying to continue training in the same specialty in another regionviii 
  • not have previously relinquished or been released or removed from a training programme in this specialty, except if they have received an ARCP outcome 1 or under exceptional circumstancesix 
  • 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
  • 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 date of interview

When is this evaluated?

  • Application form
  • Interview/selection centre

 

viiiThe ‘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 at time of application.

ixExceptional 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 personal 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 LETB / Deanery that the training took place. No other evidence will be accepted.

Application completion

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

When is this evaluated?

  • Application form

Selection criteria

Clinical skills - clinical knowledge and expertise

Essential

  • Capacity to apply sound clinical knowledge and judgement to problems.
  • Ability to prioritise clinical need.
  • Demonstrates appropriate technical and clinical competence and evidence of the development of diagnostic skills and clinical judgement.
  • Validated logbook documentation of surgical exposure to date.

Desirable

  • Have completed a minimum of 6 months experience in Urology. This can include a redeployment due to coronavirus (COVID-19) during this time.

When is this evaluated?

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

Essential

Research, audit and quality improvement skills
  • Demonstrates understanding of the basic principles of audit, clinical risk management and evidence-based practice.
  • Understanding of basic research principles, methodology and ethics, with a potential to contribute to research.
  • Evidence of participation in audit.
Teaching
  • Evidence of contributing to teaching and learning of others.

Desirable

Research, audit and quality improvement skills
  • Evidence of relevant academic and research achievements, e.g. degrees, prizes, awards, distinctions, publications, presentations, other achievements.
  • Evidence of participation in risk management and/or clinical/laboratory research.

When is this evaluated?

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

Essential

Communication skills
  • Capacity to communicate effectively and sensitively with others.
  • Able to discuss treatment options with patients in a way they can understand.
Problem solving and decision making
  • Capacity to think beyond the obvious, with analytical and flexible mind.
  • Capacity to bring a range of approaches to problem solving.
  • Demonstrates effective judgement and decisionmaking skills.
Managing others and team involvement
  • Capacity to work effectively in a multidisciplinary team.
  • Demonstrate leadership, when appropriate.
  • Capacity to establish good working relationships with others.
Organisation and planning
  • Capacity to manage time and prioritise workload, balance urgent and important demands, follow instructions.
  • Understands importance and impact of information systems.
Vigilance and situational awareness
  • Capacity to monitor and anticipate situations that may change rapidly.
Coping with pressure and managing uncertainty
  • Capacity to operate effectively under pressure and remain objective in highly emotive/pressurised situations.
  • Awareness of own limitations and when to ask for help.
Values
  • Understands, respects and demonstrates the values of the NHS (e.g. everyone counts; improving lives; commitment to quality of care; respect and dignity; working together for patients; compassion).

When is this evaluated?

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

Essential

  • Takes responsibility for own actions.
  • Demonstrates respect for the rights of all.
  • Demonstrates awareness of ethical principles, safety, confidentiality and consent.
  • Awareness of importance of being the patients’ advocate, clinical governance and the responsibilities of an NHS employee.

When is this evaluated?

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

Essential

  • Shows realistic insight into Urology and the personal demands of a commitment to surgery.
  • Demonstrates knowledge of training programme and commitment to own development.
  • Shows critical and enquiring approach to knowledge acquisition, commitment to self-directed learning and a reflective and analytical approach to practice.

Desirable

  • Achievements relevant to Urology, including elective or other experience.
  • Attendance at relevant surgical skills courses.

When is this evaluated?

  • Application form
  • Interview/selection centre
  • References

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