Trauma & Orthopaedic Surgery ST3
2021 National Recruitment

The National Recruitment Office for ST3 Trauma & Orthopaedic Surgery is Health Education England Yorkshire and the Humber. We are recruiting to posts across England and Scotland. All posts have the required educational and Dean’s approval.

Applications will open at 10am on 26 November 2020 and will close at 4pm on 17 December 2020.  All interviews will take place online.  Applicants will submit one application electronically for all vacancies via the Oriel recruitment portal. A summary of the recruitment process is provided below. The 2021 handbook and Self-Assessment guidance are now available to the right of this page.  Please note there have been slight adjustments to the handbook as of 9 November.

Please note: Candidates applying in 2021 will not be required to submit Personal Skills Assessment forms as part of the recruitment process.

Candidate Webinar

On 22 October 2020, The MDRS senior team held a webinar to address questions from candidates applying to all specialties in 2021 as well as offering guidance and advice. We recommend all candidates watch this in addition to reading the guidance. Please do note that the information was correct at the time of it being presented. The webinar can be found here.

Further sources of information

Immigration ruling: With effect from 6 October 2019, all medical practictioners are on the Shortage Occupation List.  This means that with the exception of applicants to Public Health, all specialty recruitment applicants will be exempt from the RLMT and there will be no restriction on their employment.  The Applicant Handbook has now been updated to reflect this.

Important Information

For information and FAQ’s about how COVID-19 is affecting Medical and Dental recruitment, please see the information available on the specialty training website.

Please be reminded that as per the 2021 Person Specification, ATLS (or equivalent) is not an essential requirement for application to ST3 Trauma & Orthopaedics in the current recruitment round.


For information about the posts in each region please follow the links below to view the Local Office / Deanery websites. The full list of available posts for 2021 is now available in the documents section (2021 T&O Preference List).

PLEASE NOTE:- The number of preferences a candidate receives in Oriel may be different to the number of vacancies. This is because some Preferences will have more than 1 vacancy.

Local Office / Deanery 

HEE East Midlands 

HEE East of England 

HEE North East 

HEE North West (North West) 

HEE North West (Mersey) 

NHS Education for Scotland 

HEE South West (Peninsula)

HEE South West (Severn)

 LaSE London Recruitment 

 LaSE HEE Kent, Surrey & Sussex 

HEE Thames Valley 

HEE Wessex 

HEE West Midlands 

HEE Yorkshire and the Humber 



Recruitment Timeline

Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery ST3 2021 national recruitment will follow the timeline below:



Applications open 10:00 on 26 November 2020
Application deadline 16:00 on 17 December 2020
Self Assessment evidence upload 20 January to 27 January 2021
Self Assessment Verification Between 1 February and 5 February 2021
Interviews 23 March to 26 March 2021 (online)
Initial offers released           by 17:00 on 5 May 2021
Holding Deadline 13:00 on 11 May 2021
Upgrade Deadline 16:00 on 12 May 2021

NB: All times and dates are indicative and subject to change

Additional Information