Selection to Clinical Radiology ST1 is conducted on a national basis. The London Deanery co-ordinates all applications in the country, The recruitment cycle begins in November each year, where applicants must register for an Oriel account and submit their applications on the online portal.
In 2021, there were approximately 1600 applicants for 340 places. Applications are initially screened for eligibility and then the candidates are ranked based on their MSRA score. The top 600 MSRA scorers are invited to interview.
At interview, there are multiple stations - some portfolio-based and some interview based. The total score for interview, portfolio and MSRA are added to determine the final ranking of candidates. The highest scoring candidate will get their top preference training scheme, followed by the next highest applicant, and so on until all spots have been filled.
The application cycle for 2021 entry has changed due to the effects of the COVID19 pandemic. The top 55 MSRA scorers will skip interviews and will be ranked on their MSRA + portfolio score (weightings yet to be determined) and will receive the top 55 ranks in the country. The remaining applicants who meet the MSRA cutoff will be invited to a virtual interview, and will receive national ranks 56 onwards on the basis of their MSRA + portfolio + interview score (weightings to be determined).
Exact dates will be subject to change year on year. Please see RCR website for more information about the 2020 recruitment process: https://www.rcr.ac.uk/clinical-radiology/careers-recruitment/specialty-recruitment.