We will not be making any new placements before October 2020. This may change but the current situation in the UK is that all surgical departments within the NHS are focused on responding to the COVID-19 pandemic and caring for patients. We will keep you updated if our timescales change.
ISTP is currently closed to new applications. Applications that were submitted before the programme closed will be processed as usual however, the process is taking longer than usual and applicants may experience delays. In addition, no placements will start before October 2020.
We will contact you if you have been shortlisted for interview. At present, our application process is taking longer than usual as all surgical departments within the NHS are focused on responding to the COVID-19 pandemic and caring for patients. Please therefore note that it is unlikely that you will be contacted before June 2020 but we will keep all applicants updated as the situation changes.
Unfortunately, we are unable to provide exact timescales as the COVID-19 situation changes daily. The timescales that we have provided are provisional and are dependent upon UK Government advice and the current global situation in respect of COVID-19.
If you are unable to start your placement due to current travel restrictions, you should remain in touch and keep us and the UK Trust updated on any changes regarding your ability to travel to the UK. We will work with you and the UK Trust to postpone your post start date if necessary, and provide support for any changes that may be required to your visa.
Yes. Start dates between March - August are likely to be postponed, unless you are able to travel to the UK and the employing Trust has confirmed that they can accommodate you, as well as provide a sufficient induction period.
Applications for ALL specialties are now closed. We will not be accepting new applications until further notice.
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