The Applicants Guide for Community Sexual and Reproductive Health 2019


Health Education England East of England will co-ordinate the national process for recruiting trainees into CSRH on behalf of all LETBs/Deaneries in Round 1 2019.  CSRH will host at a single Centre at Health Education England in the East of England. and candidates will be able to preference all available posts in this specialty.

Application Process

You must apply between Wednesday 07 November 2018 1000 hours UK time and Thursday 29 November 2018 at 1600 hours UK time. Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted. Please start filling in your application as soon as possible after the application system has opened. It is likely that you will need several sessions to complete your application. You should aim to submit your application well before the closing date. You will NOT receive any reminder emails to complete your application. You will receive an email to confirm your application has been received.

You are advised to read the following information BEFORE you begin and keep it to hand whilst completing your application.

All applications must be made via the on-line system ORIEL. Please ensure the contact details you provide are correct and the email address is the one you regularly use. Applications submitted after the deadline will NOT be considered. See the National timeline relating to current recruitment activity. You can only defer the start of your training programme on statutory grounds such as ill health or maternity leave. You can only defer your start date due ot statutory reasons Maternity leave and Ill health.

When applying to this specialty in this recruitment round, you will not need to give preferences of particular posts, regions, rotations, etc. at the time of applying; just complete and submit an application for the specialty. Should you be subsequently short-listed for interview, you will be invited to give preferences of all posts available nationally at a later stage of the recruitment round.

We do not score; CVs. Once your application has been submitted you are unable to make any changes apart from to update your own contact details continuously and referee details up to a point. Please ensure that you do not submit unless it is complete.


The CSRH application form

  • Asks only for factual information about you and your employment history.
  • Answers you have provided to a previous question within the application form may be repeated if applicable.


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.


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.

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

Post Information

Posts will be confirmed directly with the candidate by the appropriate LETB/Deanery should applicants be successful at interview.  The posts available are the following, please note these posts are indicative and subject to change.


Post Numbers

Additional info

HEE East Midlands  1 post Training programme information 
HEE London and South East 0/2 posts (tbc) Training programme information
HEE Yorkshire and Humber 1 post  
HEE North West 1 post  
Wales 1 post Training programme information
HEE South West 1 post TBC  

Please be aware that although trainees’ preferences are considered when making decisions on placements, final decisions take into account the service needs of all sites within the training programmes.


Person Specification

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

Immigration Statement

Eligibility Criteria for recruitment to Specialty Training 2019 – Immigration Requirements

You are eligible to be considered for specialty training in Round 1 if:

  • You are a UK or EEA national
  • You are a non-UK or non-EEA national and your immigration status allows you to work without restriction in the UK.  For example, if you have Tier 1 or dependent status, and no restriction against working as a doctor or dentist in training
  • You are a non-UK or non-EEA national, you graduated from a UK medical or dental school, your immigration status currently entitles you to work in the Foundation Programme and where you would have previously been eligible for Tier 1 (PSW).  You will need to apply for Tier 2 sponsorship, but you will be exempt from the Resident Labour Market Test (RLMT) in this instance.

Evidence of immigration status should normally consist of a biometric residence card, date stamped passport, and accompanying letter from the Home Office.  Please visit their website for more information.

Please note: Where immigration status changes part way through a recruitment round, this could change an applicant’s right to work status. Any applicants in this position should contact the lead recruiter immediately.


Demonstration of competence

Evidence of Foundation Competence

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

  • All other applicants need to complete and submit an Certificate of Readiness to Enter Specialty TrainingThe submitted form does not have to be the 2019 Certificate of Readiness to Enter Specialty Training; as long as the post that has been assessed as delivering equivalence of Foundation competence has been wholly undertaken in the 3½ years prior to the post to which the applicant is applying, this will be accepted  Alternate Certificate

          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.

Equality and Diversity

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.

Multi- Specialty Recruitment Assessment

As in 2018, in 2019 all eligible applicants to Community Sexual and Reproductive Health will be required to take a Multi - Specialty Recruitment Assessment (MSRA).  The test is mandatory and candidates who fail to attend the test will be removed from the selection process. The test will be available to take from the 3rd to the 14th of January 2019 at Pearson Vue Centres

Applicants Guide

The Selection Centre

Due to the number of posts available in 2019 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.


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 ‘Portfolio Review’ 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

% Total Score

Maximum Score

Interview station





Portfolio station





Communication station







To be deemed "appointable" candidates must achieve 50% in all 3 stations.   In the event of tied scores the communication station will be used. 

Please note: if a score of 1 is achieved in any of the questions within a station. This will automatically deem the candidate unappointable. 


Programme Allocation

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.


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

Special Circumstances

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.