CSRH Applicants Guide
Recruitment Process

Health Education East of England is co-ordinating the national process for recruiting trainees into Community Sexual and Reproductive Health ST1 level posts.

Community Sexual and Reproductive Health ST1 interviews will be hosted at a single Centre at Health Education East of England and candidates will be able to preference all available posts in Community Sexual and Reproductive Health ST1 across England and Scotland with a post start date between August 2019 - February 2020.

This is for completion of CCT/ CESR subject to satisfactory progression.

Before applying please read the Specialty Training person specification to assess your suitability for the post.   

In the event of further training opportunities becoming available within this specialty in any of the programmes managed by Health Education England, East of England shortlisted candidates may also be considered for these posts. 

Please upload all required evidence of competences to the ORIEL application form when completing the application form online. For those experiencing difficulties when uploading evidence, please ensure you email the evidence to the following email address by the application deadline: recruitment.eoe@hee.nhs.uk 

How does the recruitment process work?

Applications must be made using the online application system, Oriel. Applications can only be accepted if made through the online system – we cannot accept postal/e-mail applications.

Longlisting Once applications close, applicants have their eligibility assessed against a range of essential criteria outlined in the person specification.

Multi -Specialty Recruitment Assessment:  All eligible applicants to Community Sexual and Reproductive Health will be required to take a Multi - Specialty Recruitment Assessment (MSRA).  The test is a mandatory computer based assessment, and candidates who fail to attend the test will be removed from the selection process. The tests are at Pearson Vue Centres.

Selection Centre –

Communication station. 15 minutes

Interview station. 15 minutes

Portfolio station  15 minutes

Following interviews appointable applicants will be made offers accordingly based on rank and preference. Please visit the Applicant Guide for information on the offers process.

Please note that Health Education East of England is governed by Health Education England and the UKVI regarding overseas applicants. If you are subject to immigration control, you will be required to provide evidence of your immigration status as at the application closing date of the post to which you are applying. Please see the Applicants Handbook for more information.

Submitting an application

You must apply between Thursday 07 November 2019 1000hrs and Thursday 28 November 2019 at 1600hrs. 

Applications must be made using the online application system, Oriel. Applications can only be accepted if made through the online system – we cannot accept postal/e-mail applications. Some fields are mandatory and must be completed and some questions have a word limit. You will need to complete all parts of the Application Form (including the Equal Opportunities section, standard across all specialties) before you can submit your application.

Applications are equally open to those who may, either from the outset or subsequently, wish to train less than full time or job share.

Please ensure you have uploaded the necessary forms with your application forms if applicable to you, these could include

  • Alternative Certificate of Foundation competences
  • Support for reapplication to a Specialty Training Programme
  • Support for reapplying to the same specialty

These forms are available on the Specialty Training Resource Bank: https://specialtytraining.hee.nhs.uk/Resources-Bank

Special Circumstances: If you are intending to apply with special circumstances please ensure you provide the evidence required within the national time frames. Please refer to the Applicant Handbook.

You can only defer your start date due ot statutory reasons Maternity leave and Ill health.

PLEASE NOTE that you will need to SUBMIT your application form. Application forms that are completed but not submitted will NOT be considered. PLEASE NOTE that no application form will be accepted after the deadline, whatever the reason. To ensure fairness to all candidates, there will be absolutely no exceptions to this rule. Candidates are advised to submit their application form well before the deadline.

 The application form is designed to be straightforward to complete. In some sections you may be asked for a ‘named Consultant’. If you did not work for a named Consultant, please enter the details of the relevant clinical/educational supervisor.

PLEASE NOTE that Health Education England East of England is unable to provide copies of application forms after the relevant recruitment period is completed. Therefore candidates are advised to keep a copy of their application form(s).

Once your application has been submitted you will receive an automatic reply from ORIEL. This will also be visible in ‘my applications’ that you have submitted an application. 

Support for Reapplication to CSRH

One of the declarations in the application form is has the applicant previously relinquished/ released/removed from a training programme for the specialty to which they are applying. If the applicant answers yes then they will need to provide full details on the relevant form below which has been signed by the region where training was previously undertaken and submit with their application form  the form below.

Support for Reapplication to a Specialty Training Programme

Trainees currently working in the specialty, applying to continue their training in another region, without a break in service will be required to submit a Support for Reapplication of Specialty Training in a Different Region form below

Support for Reapplication of Specialty Training in a Different Region


Contact them at the earliest opportunity to check that they will be happy to support your application, and they will be available to do so within the application timeframe.

You will need to provide details, including up to date email addresses, of three referees who have supervised your clinical training within the past three years. If you are applying to more than one specialty, you may opt to nominate different referees for each specialty. If you have recently had a career break and cannot nominate referees from the past three years, then your referees must include your two most recent supervisors.

It is important that you confirm with your referees the email address that they would like you to provide on your application form. Referees will be contacted by email via ORIEL with details of their referee accounts, so it is important that the contact details provided are correct.

If you are offered, and accept a training programme, your employer will not be able to issue a contract without references.

Conscientious Objection - Please ensure you have read the following statement before proceeding with an application.

Doctors who, for reasons of conscientious belief, have reservations about aspects of sexual and reproductive health care should take particular care to make a detailed study of the entire curriculum in CSRH before considering an application to the Specialty Training Programme.

We would draw attention to the fact that the only exemptions relating to conscientious objection permitted within the curriculum are within Module 3.  Exemptions are permitted around participation in abortion only (in line with Section 4(1) of the 1967 Abortion Act). There are no exemptions to competencies relating to management of unplanned pregnancy, follow-up of women after abortion, nor to any knowledge components of the curriculum.

If potential candidates would like further advice on this matter they are encourage to contact either the Head of Education & Training or the Specialty Officer at FSRH who will put them in contact with a Specialty Training Programme Director in their area for further assistance.


Who is eligible to apply?

Before applying to this specialty please the Specialty Training Person specification to assess your suitability for the post.

As of 2020 recruitment, all medical practitioners are now on the Shortage Occupation List and therefore the Resident Labour Market Test no longer needs to be met.

Demonstration of competence

Evidence of Foundation Competence, forms available here: https://specialtytraining.hee.nhs.uk/Resources-Bank

All applicants to CT1/ST1 posts are required to provide evidence of achievement of having met the UK Foundation Programme competences or equivalent. Foundation competency can be demonstrated in any of the following ways:

  • Applicants that are currently undertaking the UK Foundation Programme are not required to provide any further evidence at the time of application, but will be required to provide a Foundation Programme Certificate of Competence (FPCC) to the employer and the HEE Local Office/Deanery on completion of training and prior to commencement in post

  • Applicants who have successfully completed the UK Foundation Programme no earlier than 1 January 2015 are required to upload their FACD 5.2 or FPCC to their application form, at the time of application submission.

  • Applicants who are currently undertaking a specialty training programme and are in possession of a National Training Number (NTN) or Deanery Reference Number (DRN) will be considered to have had their Foundation competences assessed on entry to specialty training and therefore do not need to confirm this again.  Applicants applying directly from specialty training do not need to provide any further evidence at the time of application.  However, where they are appointed from a training programme where patient contact is not the norm, the receiving Training Programme Director should be made aware, in order that additional supervision can be arranged, as necessary

    If applicants in this category relinquish their NTN or DRN between the time of application and commencement, they will be required to submit an Alternative Certificate of Foundation Competence for the period out of training

          Certificate of Readiness to Enter Specialty Training

.         The Certificate should not be used by trainees to circumnavigate the 2 year Foundation Programme early.

          Certificate of Readiness to Enter Specialty Training should be uploaded to Oriel and attached to the application form, prior to submission.

The only exception to this is if you are a refugee.  Refuges are advised to contact the recruiting organisation for further guidance, but should submit an Alternative Certificate if possible.

All LETBs/Deaneries are committed to ensuring that their selection procedures are subject to best equal opportunities practice and that no one is disadvantaged by ethnic background, gender, marital status, sexual orientation or age. LETB/Deanery equal opportunity processes are regularly monitored. Responses to questions on the application form regarding Equal Opportunity Monitoring information are NOT seen by any of our assessors. All appointments will be made against the agreed person specification.

The Selection Centre (Interview)

Due to the number of posts available in 2020 and selection centre capacity not all applicants will be invited to attend the selection centre.  The Multi-Specialty Recruitment Assessment (MSRA) will be used to determine the candidates invited to the selection centre.  Following the results of the MSRA, candidates will be invited to the selection centre based on ranking order and places available.

Previous experience in the specialty is not required for application to ST1, and so questions will reflect generic competences that you would be expected to have.


Health Education England East of England
West Wing, Victoria House
CB21 5XB

Parking is minimal at the venue. Please allow plenty of time to park and arrive prior to your interview. There isn’t a waiting area should relatives attend with you, and we do not have any photocopying facilities or refreshments available. Applicants will be notified if they are invited to Selection Centre via ORIEL and will be able to book their Selection Centre place on ORIEL. Applicants will receive detail of how they can book their interview slot. Interview slots are available on a first come, first served basis so please be prompt to secure the slot that suits you most. You must book an interview slot by the specified date.  Greyed out time slots indicate that the times have already been taken by other interviewees.  All other slots shown can be booked. Please note that it is not possible to schedule your interview outside the dates and times offered by HEEOE.


You will be required to bring specific documents with you including photographic evidence.  Please see the Document Checklist which can be downloaded from the website. Please bring the required documents in the order set out on the form.


You will need to bring a portfolio to the interview, it is important that you can supply the correct supporting information to evidence what you have said on your application form

If you have an e-portfolio, you may want to print out relevant sections of it to add to your hard copy portfolio.  Please see information regarding the Porfolio Review Form below which will be required to be completed and brought to interview.  

Your portfolio and any other associated documents must not  include any Patient Identifiable Data.

Structure of the day

Candidates will be at the Selection Centre for an approximate time of 1 hour and 30 minutes. After having  documents checked by the administrative team you will be given a candidate briefing to give you an overview of your time at the Selection Centre. You will then be assessed in 3 stations;

As applicants for CSRH come from a range of backgrounds and experience ie: from Foundation to substantive posts in this and related specialties, the interview is not to test advanced knowledge as this would disadvantage less experienced candidates but should test generic skills required for clinical practice and leadership in this field.

Interview structure: Three stations, each station will last 15 minutes, total interview duration 45 minutes

1·         Communication station - simulated role play scenario with actor 

The candidate will have one scenario in this station; reading time will be given outside the interview room. This will be a simulated consultation with an actor playing the role of the patient. The candidate  will be given some information about the scenario before you enter the room.  The station does not presuppose knowledge or experience of sexual and reproductive health.  The candidate will not perform any type of examination of the 'patient'

2·         Interview station - covering areas of the person specification.

This station focuses on commitment to and understanding of the specialty, leadership, team working and commitment to learning. There will be one scenario which the candidate will given to read and then will be asked to outline the management of the situation.  There will then be three questions focusing on aspects of the person specification.

3·         Portfolio station - Review of individual portfolio

The candidate will be present with two assessors while they review your portfolio and ask questions regarding content and areas of the person specification. This review is to determine commitment to and suitability for the specialty, rather than clinical competence.  This may include but not be limited to the following areas:-

  • Commitment to specialty
  • Management and Leadership
  • Presentations/Poster Presentations/Publications
  • Qualifications
  • Quality improvement (Audit)

 Portfolio - The candidate will  be required to bring their portfolio containing supporting information to evidence what has been stated in the application form.  Please ensure that a Portfolio review form has been completed and submitted at the front of the portfolio.   Please ensure that your portfolio is clearly structured and evidence labeled appropriately. 

Scoring information

Interview Station

Assessor One Score

Assessor Two Score

Role Player/Actor

% Total Score

Maximum Score

Interview station






Portfolio station






Communication station









Offer Process

Programme Allocation

Applicants will be asked to preference their preferred programmes on ORIEL, this will not be until nearer the interview date.  The exact details of the programmes will be confirmed directly with the candidate by the appropriate LETB/deanery should candidates be successful at interview and accept a post.

Successful candidates are allocated to regions based on their ranking, by their total score achieved and their preferences. For more information regarding the offers process please visit specialty training website

Offer of Employment and Pre-Employment Checks

The offer and allocation of a Programme referred to above is NOT an offer of employment. An employment contract detailing the terms and conditions of employment will be issued by the responsible employing organisation and is made subject to satisfactory pre-employment checks. The employing organisation will carry out a number of pre-employment checks before an offer of employment can be confirmed. These will include verification of identity, registration and qualifications, right to work (immigration), employment history and employment reference checks a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check and an occupational health check. Some of these, verification of identity, registration and qualifications and right to work for example, may also be undertaken by the LETB during the recruitment process.

Please note: Once you have been offered and have accepted a post in Round 1, Oriel will automatically withdraw your applications for other specialties that you have applied to within that round.


Feedback on your CSRH application will be provided at each stage of the recruitment process, this will be provided to you via Oriel or emailed from The Recruitment Team and QPERCOM.  Please note that when your application status changes denoting at what stage you are in the recruitment process this will be displayed on ORIEL. 

1. Longlisting - via Oriel

2. Multi - Specialty Recruitment Assessment - via email

3. Interview/selection centre - via QPERCOM

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I find out more about training in Community Sexual and Reproductive Health?

Information about the Specialty can be found on the Faculty website

How will I know that my submitted application has been received? 

Once your application has been submitted you will receive an automatic reply from ORIEL. This will also be visible in ‘my applications’ that you have submitted an application.

When is the NTN awarded?

The NTN is awarded on appointment to ST1​.

Can I accept an offer of an ST1 post and defer the start date?

The start of training may only be deferred on statutory grounds (e.g. maternity leave, ill health). See the Applicants Guide for further information. 

I will finish my FY2 year at the end of July 2018. I have not done any Community Sexual & Reproductive Health, can I still apply?

Yes, we would encourage you to apply at ST1 level. No prior experience is required for application to ST1. 

When will the CCT or CESR (CP) be awarded? 

The CCT (or equivalent CESR) will be awarded at the successful completion of a minimum of six years (wte) specialist training and the attainment of all the requisite components/competences of the programme and curriculum. 

What is the difference between Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT) and Certificate of Eligibility for Specialist Registration (CESR)?  

CCT: All specialty training programmes lead eventually to a Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT) or other certificates which qualify you for entry to the Specialist or GP Register held by the General Medical Council (GMC), subject to the successful attainment of required competences. See the Gold Guide glossary section for details of various certificates.

Certificate of Eligibility for Specialist Registration (CESR): CESR is an alternative qualification to the CCT for those who have undertaken a non-standard training pathway. It is awarded after an applicant has successfully applied to have their training, qualifications and experience assessed against the requirements for the CCT in which they have undertaken training (as this is a handbook for those in UK training reference has not been made to those applying in a non CCT specialty, for details of this evaluation please refer to the GMC website). The majority of trainees on standard training programmes will apply for a CCT.

Can I apply to other specialties as well? 

Yes. This is purely for Community Sexual & Reproductive Health, but you are also able to apply for as many other specialties as you wish (using the relevant application process).