Below is the overall timetable for the national recruitment round.

Dates subject to change

Whist we do not expect the timelines published to change, please be aware that this can never be guaranteed. As such, you are advised to check this page periodically.

Changes to any of the stages of the timeline will be reflected immediately on this page, as well as noted in a news item where considered necessary.


Timeline for 2019 stroke medicine recruitment


Provisional vacancies published

(by) Tuesday 20 November 2018


open – Thursday 22 November 2018 (10am, UK time)
close - Thursday 13 December 2018 (4pm, UK time)


(completed by) Friday 21 December 2018

Invitation to interview

(sent by) Friday 21 December 2018

Interviews held

Wednesday 9 January 2019

Programme preferences open (approximate)

open - Tuesday 8 January 2019
close - Monday 14 January 2019

Offers made

the first set of offers are anticipated to be made by Wednesday 16 January 2019

Offer holding deadline

Wednesday 23 January 2019 (1pm, UK time)

Offer upgrade deadline

Friday 25 January 2019 (4pm, UK time)

Interview feedback released

(by) Friday 24 January 2019

Posts commencing from date

Wednesday 7 August 2019

Provisional programme numbers

It is the intention that initial programme numbers for all regions will be published prior to the application opening date, although this cannot be guaranteed. Numbers will be updated as and when notifications are received from each region and will be checked later in the round when programme preferences are open for selection.

Please note that stroke medicine programmes in Scotland are recruited via a separate process so are not represented here. There is a separate website for details about vacancies and the process in Scotland.



East Midlands


East of England


London & KSS





North East


North West



(North Western)


South West





Thames Valley




West Midlands


Yorkshire and the Humber





Who to contact will depend on the nature of the query:

General / application queries

For general queries relating to areas such as eligibility criteria, making an application or the Oriel system, please contact the Physician Specialty Recruitment Office via email:

Information about training in a specific region

Queries relating to programme numbers, location of vacancies or the stroke medicine programme in a specific region, should be directed to the relevant region.

Progress of your application

Queries regarding the progress of a submitted application or attending interview should be directed to the lead recruiter. The lead recruiter for stroke medicine in 2019 is Thames Valley.


Health Education Thames Valley


email address 


There is only planned to be one national round of stroke medicine in 2019 which covers England and Wales; please go to the relevant nation to seek information about recruitment to stroke medicine in Northern Ireland and Scotland.

Should there be vacancies unfilled from the national round, or they subsequently arise, each region will decide whether they wish to run their own local round.

The timing for any local recruitment will vary on the region so you are advised to contact the region(s) in which you are interested in working directly. All vacancies will be advertised via Oriel and the NHS recruitment portal used by that nation: