2018 National Spinal Fellow

For posts commencing in February 2019 and February 2020.

This post is intended to provide interdisciplinary sub-specialty training in all aspects of spinal surgery for Specialty Trainees in Year 5 or Year 6.  The post is approved by Health Education England (under the guidance from the Royal Colleges and BOA) as an Interface National Fellowship in Spinal Surgery for those candidates who are aiming to achieve sub-speciality training in Spinal Surgery during their training programme.  Applicants must be eligible to take the intercollegiate speciality examination in orthopaedics or neurosurgery and preference will be given to applicants who already possess the intercollegiate specialty fellowship.

The post is modular in structure and it is intended that the successful applicant would be able to choose from the available modules to complement his/her previous training.  It is anticipated that holders of this post will be allowed a leave of absence from their substantive specialty training post for a period of up to one year.

The full Post and Programme Information for this fellowship is available to download from the right of this page.  The qualifications and professional registration requirements plus other eligibility criteria can be found in the person specification. 

Please note:- Only the following applicant groups will be considered in this round of recruitment. Applicants that do not meet the criteria of these applicant groups may be removed from the recruitment process during longlisting or at any other stage of the recruitment process:-

  • Applicants who hold an appropriate NTN/DRN

Details  of the recruitment process are provided below.

Recruitment Timeline

The recruitment process for this Academic Clinical Fellow post will follow the timeline below:*



Applications Open 16:30 on 8 May 2018      
Application Deadline 16:30 on 5 June 2018
Longlisting From 6 June 2018

June 2018, Leeds (TBA)

Initial Offers Released           TBA
*Please note that all dates are indicative and subject to change.  

Applications will only be accepted through the Oriel online application system.

For guidance on creating an account, registering and submitting your application using the system please refer to the Oriel Applicant User Guide which can be downloaded from the Oriel Resource Bank.

Application Deadline

The deadline for submitting applications is 16:30 on 5 June 2018. 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

Applicants for this post will be required to meet the relevant Clinical eligibility criteria for the appropriate specialty and level listed in the Person Specificaiton above.

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.

For more information about eligibility please refer to the Applicant Handbook.

Please note: By allowing applicants to progress to the interview stage, Health Education England Yorkshire and the Humber DOES NOT accept or confirm that applicants meet all eligibility requirements. This includes immigration status, evidence of achievement of core competencies or equivalent, and requisite length of time in training as per the 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 by Health Education England working across Yorkshire and the Humber.


Shortlisting will take place following the completion of longlisting. Where possible we aim to give applicants at least one week's notice to attend an interview. However, unforseen delays in shortlisting mean this is not always possible.


Interview Dates and Venue

The interviews for this post will take place in June at Health Education England, Willow Terrace Road, University of Leeds, LS2 9JT.  The date will be confirmed shortly.

View the interviews page for further information about the venue and for directions.

Documents Required at Interview

There are a number of documents that you are required to bring with you to interview.

Please bring the following original documents:

  • Photo identification (passport) AND 1 COPY of photo/signature page
  • Evidence of your current immigration status AND 1 COPY
  • Evidence of your GMC registration and Licence to Practise AND 1 COPY
  • Your primary medical degree certificate AND 1 COPY
  • Your postgraduate degree certificates (if applicable) AND 1 COPY
  • Evidence of your Foundation and/or Core Competences as detailed in your application form AND 1 COPY
  • Evidence of your English Language competency as detailed in your application form AND 1 COPY

These documents will be checked against a checklist and the photocopies will be retained on your recruitment file. If you are appointed to a training post, these documents will be transferred to your trainee file.

Interview Format

The interviews will consist of a single panel interview.

The panel may wish to review your portfolio so you should bring this with you to the interview.

Travel and Subsistence Expenses

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

Claim forms must be received within three months 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.


All recruitment offices will be using Oriel to make offers to training posts in 2018. Oriel can be accessed at https://www.oriel.nhs.uk/ 

Please refer to the Oriel Applicant User Guide which can be downloaded from the Oriel Resource Bank for further information about receiving and responding to offers.

Receiving and Responding to Offers

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


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.