Workforce, training and education
East of England
How do I apply for Out of Programme?

Full details including the OOP policy, FAQs and application forms can all be found on the OOP webpage here:

Which hospitals are included in East of England ENT training?


Chelmsford (Broomfield)




West Suffolk



Norfolk and Norwich

James Paget (Yarmouth)

Do I need an ARCP if I am on Maternity or Long Term Sick Leave?

If you are on Maternity or Long term Sick leave you do not have to maintain your ISCP or have an ARCP. Please ensure your TPD, Head of school or school administrator are aware.

How is training geographically structured?

Traditionally trainees have been allocated 2-3 years on either the East or West side of the region to avoid having to move house too much. It is a large deanery and as lon and as long as requests are in keeping with your training level this is kept in mind when allocating posts.

Are relocation expenses available?

Full details including the relocation policy, eligibility criteria, FAQs and application form can all be found on the relocation webpage here:

Which are the biggest units/hospitals in the region?

Addenbrooke's is the largest hospital with links to most specialist services(e.g. Neurosurgery etc). Norfolk and Norwich is also a large teaching hospital with major head and neck and allied specialties such as Cardiothoracics and plastics departments. Both have strong links to medical schools, however you will find teaching opportunities in many units.

Can I do other qualifications such as research/medical education degrees?

Yes, this is encouraged and study leave can be allocated to completing such activities. it is important you consider your time management and ensure any extra academic work will not impact on your clinical work. Out of Programme time can be arranged although this must be planned in advance (preferably 6 months or longer) with early discussion with the Programme Director regarding your plans.

What courses are available?

The renowned Ipswich Temporal Bone course is mandatory for all ST3-ST6 trainees and an excellent opportunity to develop key anatomical appreciation for Otological practice. ST3-ST6 trainees are also expected to attend the annual Head and Neck/FESS dissection course in Cambridge. In addition, the deanery run management courses which can be attended. For senior trainees there are Chief resident posts in medical leadership/management which run alongside clinical work.

In addition, 3 high quality training camps are run each year which consist of lectures/workshops and aim to cover the extent of the ISCP syllabus. These are excellent learning opportunities and also a good time to catch-up with other trainees and consultants.

How are posts allocated?

Currently, applicants can apply for the post they feel is most appropriate (and rank 3 posts) in April and the Programme Director will allocate jobs accordingly. It would be sensible to have a good reason for applying for certain post during your training.

When do I need to start applying for my CCT?

You may start preparing your CCT paperwork within 6 months of your completion of training date & you will need to contact the college for the necessary paperwork.

Please note that your completed application cannot be signed & submitted to the GMC until you have received an ARCP outcome 6 indicating completion of training.

If you are missing any ARCP outcome forms please contact your assessment Administrator for your specialty

Information for Trainees in difficulty

Health Education England has a Professional Support and Wellbeing (PSW).

The PSW homepage has links to various guidance documents. Please visit their section on this site -


Can I appeal an ARCP outcome?

Trainee's are eligible to appeal ARCP outcomes 3 &4 within 10 working days of the ARCP date. A trainee can also ask for a review of an outcome 2. An outcome 5 cannot be appealed. For more information visit -


How does my trainer validate my E-logbook?

It is now expected that trainees have their operations  regularly validated by their clinical supervisors. Hard copies can no longer be signed at the end of training.  Trainees are  therefore encouraged to ask supervisors for validation when they change firms or posts.

For help on this process please see this link



Information on ST3 recruitment

The national recruitment office for ST3 Otolaryngology(ENT) is Health Education England - Yorkshire and the Humber.


Timeline for recruitment for 2016 intake ;

Applications Open - Tuesday 16th February, 10am

Applications Deadline - Wednesday 9th march, 4pm

Longlisting   - TBC

Interviews -Thursday 7th and Friday 8th April

Initial offers released by - Thursday 12th May, 5pm

Holding deadline - Wednesday 18th May, 1pm

Upgrade deadline -  Friday 20th May, 4pm


For further information and to apply


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