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Messly’s Guide to CT1/ST1 Applications 2017

Messly’s mission is to help doctors make evidence-based decisions about their careers.


For every doctor, choosing which specialty to do is one of the biggest, and hardest, decisions we make. Often this decision is based off hearsay, and snatched conversations from older peers, with very little evidence-based decision making in the process. This can inevitably lead to making the wrong choices. With applications now open for CT1/ ST1, Messly are here to help you.


CT1/ST1 Applications are now open! We at Messly are here to help you make the smartest, evidence-based choices for your specialty training programmes. With this in mind, we have written a 5 minute guide to completing your applications and how Messly can help if you’re still not sure what you want to apply to.


1) Register with Oriel


Register for the application process here (see here for a guide to using oriel). Complete all the registration information such as personal details and employment history as these will then be saved and auto-completed on any applications you begin.


2) Find and apply to vacancies


You can find vacancies on Oriel by clicking the Vacancies tab. You can apply to as many specialty training programmes as you like, however you can only make one application to ACCSAM/CMT in each round. You can order the regions you prefer for each application.


Every section of the application form must be completed before it is submitted. You can find more support in completing the application forms on the Royal Colleges’ websites and the national leads for specialty recruitment. The person specifications for posts are available here. Below is a table with clickable links to the national leads for each specialty.

*For these programmes in Northern Ireland the lead for recruitment can be found here.

3) Submit your application


Most of the application cannot be edited once it is submitted, so make sure you double check that you are happy with it before clicking submit. No submissions will be accepted after the deadline of 4pm on Thursday 1st December. Once you have submitted your application, you will receive a confirmation email which can also be seen in the ‘My Messages’ section on Oriel. The application status in the ‘My Applications’ section on Oriel will also be updated from ‘In progress’ to ‘Applied’.

10.00 am on Wednesday 9th November 2016
4.00 pm on Thursday 1st December 2016
Thursday 12th January – Wednesday 1st March 2017
Late March – early April 2017
August 2017

Still unsure about what to apply for?


There are 4 ways that Messly help you make the best choices:


1) Training Navigator


The best recommendations come from other doctors. Our Training Navigator allows you to quickly lookup 5-star ‘TripAdvisor’ ratings for all specialties across all hospitals across the UK. All our data comes from over 40,000 junior doctors that completed the GMC Survey 2016 .


2) Read Reviews From The Messly Community


You can also read hundreds of individual reviews written by Messly doctors on their experience of specialty rotations and help other doctors by writing a review of your own hospital. All are reviews are written only by verified doctors so can ensure that what you’re reading is accurate.


3) The Messly Blog


Over the last month we’ve been writing about how to chose the right specialties, interviewed doctors to get their insights on specialty training  and recommended our top hospitals for specific training programmes. Explore our blog for the latest and best evidence-based insights to make the smartest choices with your specialty applications.


4) Get Advice From Messly Doctors


We have over 1000 doctors from across the country who have registered with Messly and can give you valuable advice on specialties, hospitals and any training-related questions. Register  with us to ask them questions and connect with them on Messly.

Learn More

  •  Read more about our mission to help doctors make evidence-based career choices.
  •  Get started with our Training Navigator to dive deeper with into ratings across the country.
  • Have you worked at any of these hospitals? Leave a review of your rotation to help other doctors chose theirs.
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