• Community Sexual and Reproductive Health ST1 FAQs

How will applications work in 2019?

Trainees will be able to apply to as many specialties as they wish during a specified timeframe commencing November 2018 for programmes commencing from August 2019 onwards. Health Education England East of England are nationally coordinating the recruitment process for Community Sexual and Reproductive Health, using a standardised application form, longlisting criteria, Multi - Specialty Recruitment Assessment (SRA) and interview methodology. 

Who is eligible to apply?

Applicants need to refer to the ST1 person specification to determine whether they fulfil the entry criteria the person specification can be found here in the Person Specification

Right to work in the UK – Information regarding immigration for those applying for specialty training can be found via the Specialty Training website.

Health Education East of England does not have the specific immigration knowledge necessary to provide an immigration service. Please see the Immigration Information in the Applicant Handbook

How does the Recruitment process work?

Applications must be made using the online application system ORIEL

Online application form

The recruitment round commencing in November 2018 will utilise an online application form. 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.

·         Some questions have a word limit. We strongly recommend you check the number of words in these specific sections.

·         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.

·         The form does not automatically save so please use the ‘save’ button at any time to save the form and before you leave an application.

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


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.


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).

If you are declaring a Fitness to Practice/Criminal Conviction, please send information ‘confidentially’ to Recruitment Manager, Health Education East of England, 2-4 Victoria House, Capital Park, Fulbourn, Cambridge, CB21 5XB or email Recruitment.eoe@hee.nhs.uk

Please be advised that this must be received by the application closing date.

Making a good application

You should read as much as you can about the specialty, the training system and the requirements for entry before completing your form. Applicants to CSRH need to demonstrate that they are committed to the specialty. Show your application form to others before you submit it – it is a good idea to show it to more than one person so that you can get balanced feedback. If possible, you should show your form to your local College Tutor.

Before submitting their application, candidates MUST check the Health Education England, East of England website for any additional information.

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

Multi -Specialty Recruitment Assessment:  A computer based assessment will be undertaken, this has been designed to assess some of the essential competences outlined in the ST1 person specification and is based around clinical scenarios.

Selection Centre

·        Communication station. 15 minutes

·        Interview station. 15 minutes

·        Portfolio station  15 minutes

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

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 many posts will be available?

Details of post information can be found on the HEEOE Website           

I have not done Foundation Year training. How can I demonstrate that I have acquired the Foundation core competences?

Applicants may need to complete an Alternative Certificate form that confirms Foundation Competencies have been achieved, if they are not able to provide evidence that they are currently in a UK Foundation Programme or already hold an FACD 5.2. Please see information in the Applicant Handbook  

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.

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).

What will the interviews involve?

Please refer above to - How does the Recruitment process work?

How will I know which training centre will I be going to?

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.

Will I be expected to know lots of clinical Community Sexual & Reproductive Health for the assessment selection centre?

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.

How will the offers process work?

For information regarding offers please see the Applicant Handbook  

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. 

Can I continue to apply for other posts after accepting an offer of a ST1 post in Community Sexual & Reproductive Health?

No - 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. For further information please refer to Training offers section of the Applicant Handbook

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. 

Can I receive feedback?

Feedback for CSRH will be provided at all stages of the recruitment process, this will be sent out via ORIEL

1. Longlisting

2. Multi-Specialty Recruitment Assessment (SRA)

3. Interview/selection centre

When is the NTN awarded?

The NTN is awarded on appointment 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)?


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.