National Oral Surgery STR Recruitment.


The national Recruitment Office for Oral Surgery Specialty Training is Health Education England - Yorkshire and the Humber. We are recruiting to posts across the United Kingdom. All posts have the required educational and Dean’s approval.

Applications open at 10:00 on the 22nd January 2019 and close at 16:00 on the 12th February 2019.  The interviews will take place over two days in Leeds on 8th and 9th May 2019.  Applicants submit one application electronically for all vacancies via the Oriel recruitment portal. A brief summary of the recruitment process is provided below, but please refer to the Applicant Handbook for a full guide.


The indicative number of vacancies for each region are listed below. For information about the posts in each consortium please follow the links below to view the Local HEE Office / Deanery websites:

Local Office / Deanery

Indicative Vacancies

Post Information

East Midlands 0  
East of England 0  
London & the South East 2

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GSTT - Click to download

North East 1 Newcastle - Click to download
North West 1 Liverpool - Click to download
Scotland 0  
South West 0  
Wales 0  
Wessex & Thames Valley 1 Portsmouth - Click to download
West Midlands 0  
Yorkshire and the Humber 2 Rotational Training - Click to download

All vacancy information is indicative and subject to change

Recruitment Timeline

The recruitment process for Oral Surgery will follow the timeline below:


Time and Date

Applications Open 10:00 on 22nd January 2019
Application Deadline 16:00 on 12th February 2019
Interviews 8th and 9th May 2019
Initial Offers Released           by 17:00 on 6th June 2019
Holding Deadline 13:00 on 13th June 2019
Upgrade Deadline 16:00 on 20th June 2019

Applications will only be accepted through the Oriel Recruitment Portal

For further guidance on creating an account, registering and submitting your application using the system please refer to the Oriel Applicant guide.

Application Deadline

The deadline for submitting applications is 16:00 on 12th February 2019. After this time no applications will be accepted. There will be no exceptions to this deadline. You are advised to complete and submit your application ahead of the deadline to allow for any unforeseen problems.

Eligibility & Longlisting

The eligibility criteria for entry to Oral Surgery training are listed in the 2019 Person Specification. It is an applicant’s responsibility to demonstrate that they meet the eligibility criteria.

All applications will be assessed against the eligibility criteria during longlisting. Any applications which do not meet the eligibility criteria will be longlisted out of the process and will not progress to the next stage.

“By allowing applicants to progress to the interview stage, Health Education England HAS NOT accepted or confirmed that applicants meet all eligibility requirements.  This includes immigration status, evidence of achievement of Foundation competencies or equivalent, and requisite length of time in training as per the relevant national person specification.  This list is not exhaustive, and is applicable to all eligibility criteria. Applicants may still be withdrawn from the application process at any stage, including after the interviews have taken place, if the evidence pertaining to an eligibility criterion is found to be unsatisfactory.”


Your responses to the Self-Assessment questions on your application form will determine your shortlisting score.

There are a limited number of interview slots available and due to the anticipated high competition ratio, we are unable to offer all applicants an interview. Applicants with the highest shortlisting scores will be invited to book an interview and all other eligible applicants will be placed on a “reserve list”. Applicants on the reserve list will be considered for an interview if another applicant withdraws from their interview.


Interview Dates and Venue

The interviews for Oral Surgery will take place over two days - 8th and 9th May 2019. The venues for each day are as follows:

8th May 2019 - Leeds Dental Institute

9th May 2019 - Leeds United Football Club


Documents Required at Interview

There are a number of documents that you are required to bring with you to interview, see the Applicant Handbook for further details.

Interview Format

The interviews will consist of the following stations: 

  • Portfolio
  • Communication
  • Management
  • OSCE-stlye assessments
  • Clinical Skills assessment

Each station has been designed to assess the selection criteria on the Person Specification. You will rotate round all assessments during the interview process.

Travel and Subsistence Expenses

Applicants attending interviews are entitled to a travel and accomdation allowance. A claim form can be downloaded from the Downloads section on the right of this page. You are advised to read the guidance document in full before incurring any expenses.

Completed claim forms should be submitted to:

Oral Surgery Recruitment Team
Health Education England - Yorkshire and the Humber Office
Willow Terrace Road
University of Leeds

Claim forms must be received within 28 days of your interview date. Claim forms received after three months will not be processed. Receipts must be attached for all travel and subsistence claimed except mileage.



You will be asked to rank your preferences using the Oriel Recruitmnent Portal. You will receive an email when Preferencing is available.

Allocation to Posts

Successful candidates will be allocated to posts in rank order:

  • The highest ranked candidate will be allocated to their first preferenced post.
  • The second ranked candidate will be allocated to their first preferenced post unless it has already been allocated to the first ranked candidate in which case they will be allocated their second preferenced post.
  • The third ranked candidate will be allocated to their first preferenced post unless it has already been allocated to the first or second ranked candidates. If it has, they will be allocated their second preferenced post unless this has been allocated to the first or second ranked candidates in which case they will be offered their third preference.

This process will continue until all posts are allocated or there are no more appointable candidates.

Any offer made through this recruitment process is an offer of an allocation to a training programme; it is not an offer of employment. Offers of employment can only be by an employing organisation following completion of satisfactory pre-employment checks.

Receiving and Responding to Offers

If you are offered a post you will have 48 hours from the time of your offer, excluding weekends, but including bank holidays, to decide whether to accept, reject or hold it. You must respond to the offer through the Oriel Recruitment Portal. No other form of response will be accepted.


For more information about responding to offers, please refer to the Oriel Applicant Guide which can be downloaded from



Feedback will be provided at three stages of the recruitment process:


If you are not longlisted you will be provided with the reasons for this. If you are longlisted you will receive an email inviting you to book an interview.

Interview Ranking

You will be able to view your total interview score and rank online through your Oriel account once offers are released. Please note that a thorough Quality Assurance and validation process is carried out on all applicants’ scores following the interviews. No scores will be released until this process is complete.

Interview Scores

Following the conclusion of the offers process, all applicants will be able to view a breakdown of their interview scores including the scores they achieved in each interview station online through their Oriel account.

Additional Information