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Faculty of Radiologists National Training Programmes in:

1. Radiology  - NOW OPEN

2. Radiation Oncology - NOW OPEN

 Applications are invited for the following programmes which will commence in July 2021.  See below for further details:        

                                                                                                                                                            

1. Radiology  2021 Application process now OPEN

 

Entry Requirements:

  • For Radiology, all applicants must have, as a minimum, at least 2 years clinical experience.
    • One year as an intern and 1 year as an SHO is the minimum acceptable pre-Radiology training.
  • All candidates must be registered or eligible for registration with the Irish Medical Council (www.medicalcouncil.ie)
  • Candiates must meet the English Language requirements as detailed below before applying for the training scheme 

 Closing date for Radiology applications is strictly 5pm on 2nd November 2020.

 Application Procedure:

  1. Download and complete the payment form below.
  2. Scan and e-mail the completed payment form to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  3. Once your payment has been processed, an application form will be sent to your e-mail address.
  4. Complete the application form to include all relevant supporting documentation and save to one single PDF document then submit same by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
  5. Three completed structured reference forms should be scanned and emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Payment Form

Supporting Forms for Completion of Application:

 Applicant Declaration Form

Radiology Structured Reference Form

Radiology Shortlisting Self Scoring (July 2021)

Guidance for Eligbility for Training Specialist Division

Guidance on English Language Requirements

IELTS FAQs

Allocation of Places on Specialist Training Programmes

HSE-Job-Specification-for-NCHD-posts

HSE NCHD Terms Conditions

 

National Radiology Training Programme - Standardised Selection Process for Shortlisting and Interview (July 2021)

The Board, Officers and Training Coordinators of the Faculty of Radiologists are committed to encouraging diversity and eliminating discrimination in the organisation, practices and work of the Faculty. The training of a radiologist is a lengthy and expensive process and it is very important that those who are most suited to a career in radiology are those selected to become future radiologists. The purpose of the selection process is to identify and select those trainees who are most likely to make the best consultant radiologists in the future. The underlying principles of the selection and appointment process, are equity of access, objectivity in the selection process and transparency in the appointments. Appointments will be made in order of merit and are subject to the applicant meeting the required standards, as prescribed by the Faculty of Radiologists. All applicants will be assessed against each other for the limited number of places.

Every year the Faculty of Radiologists will recruit a number of first year Specialist Registrars to the National Radiology Training Programme. The number of trainees is variable depending on the number of vacant positions in each training site. Typically, 20-25 trainees are appointed. Although the Faculty of Radiologists recruits to its training programme; each candidate is also being employed by the respective training hospitals. Each training site will nominate an Educational Coordinator who sits on the Faculty of Radiologists Education Committee and will act for their hospital during the selection process. If a site’s Educational Coordinator is unavailable for the interviews, they may nominate a proxy from their site.

In order to be considered eligible for application to the training programme, an applicant must have a minimum of two years of clinical experience, comprising one year as an Intern and one year as a Senior House Officer or equivalent. Information on this minimum pre-radiology training is available on the Faculty of Radiologists public website on: https://radiology.ie/training/applications-for-training-programme1.

Candidates must be registered or eligible for registration with the Irish Medical Council (www.medicalcouncil.ie) and must meet English language requirements established by the Health Service Executive, which are available on: https://radiology.ie/images/uploads/2012/02/HR_Circular_022_2018_re_English_Language_requirements_for_NCHDs.pdf   

Nationality/Citizenship does not influence a candidate’s ability to apply or be considered for interview but it can affect allocation of positions according to National Policies, as outlined:

https://radiology.ie/images/Guidance_on_allocation_of_training_places_September_2020.pdf

The application process opens in early October and is advertised on the Faculty of Radiologists website: https://radiology.ie/training/applications-for-training-programme1. The application period closes in early November. In order to apply, candidates must complete an online application form, a shortlist self-scoring form (below) and upload relevant supporting documents. Once the application process is closed, all applicants are scored based on their application form and Curriculum Vitae in order to create a shortlist of applicants. Three personal references must be sent electronically prior to interview. These references are not relevant to shortlisting and do not need to be completed prior to closure of the shortlisting process.

Candidates are encouraged to estimate their shortlisting score using the self-scoring system below, however the final score for an applicant will be determined by the shortlisting committee based on application and provided evidence. Awarding of points is at the discretion of the committee and criteria will be applied equally to all candidates. Evidence is required for all achievements that are scored. Any achievements listed without supporting documentation WILL NOT be counted towards shortlisting score. A minimum score for shortlisting will be determined each year. In 2020, a score of 15 points or more will qualify a candidate for interview. Scores of lower than 15 may or may not be considered for interview depending on numbers of applicants. An updated version of this document is published on the Faculty website prior to the interview process each year.

Section 1: Education and Academic Achievements (max 24 points)

Centile

Score

0-9

1

10-19

2

20-29

3

30-39

4

40-49

5

50-59

6

60-69

7

70-79

8

80-89

9

90-100

10

If no centile score will be issued by University (requires written confirmation from University), 3 pts will be awarded.

Topic

Details

Max Score

Total Score

Medical Degree Centile

See above

10

 

Membership Exams

Points will be awarded for exams which are verified completed and successful at the time of closure of application process only.

MRCS: 3 pts for each Part A and Part B

MRCP: 2 pts for each Part 1, Part 2 written and Part 2 Clinical

6

 

 

Imaging-Specific Achievement

Including 1st place in a radiology medal exam and award/achievement at a radiology academic meeting.

2

 

Prizes/Scholarships

Including non-radiology university medal exams, awards/achievements at non-radiology academic meetings, grants and other significant post-graduate achievements.

3

 

Other Relevant Exams or Qualifications

Including a max of 1 pt for an additional bachelor degree and 1 pt for a higher degree such as a masters or PhD.

USMLE (1 or 2 parts - 1pt, 3 or 4 parts - 2pt).

3

 

Overall Section 1 Score

 

 

 

24

 

Section 2: Research and Audit (max 16 points)

Points are not cumulative. Only 2 best scoring publications/presentations/ posters count. Works which are radiology-specific will be awarded an extra point. Points will not be awarded for duplicate presentation/poster of the same project but will be awarded for presentation/poster of a project which is then published. Published abstracts are not considered a publication and will be scored as a poster/presentation as appropriate. Publications/Posters/Presentations which are accepted for upcoming editions/meetings will score if evidence is provided.

Publication/Presentation/Poster

Max Score (10 + 2)

Total Score

Published Journal Impact Factor > 2.5, First Author

9

 

Published Journal Impact Factor > 2.5, Second Author

6

 

Published Journal Impact Factor > 2.5, Third Author or beyond

3

 

Published Journal Impact Factor < 2.5, First Author

5

 

Published Journal Impact Factor < 2.5, Second Author or beyond

2

 

Case Report (peer-reviewed), First Author

3

 

Case Report, Second Author or beyond or non-peer-reviewed

1

 

International Oral Presentation, Presenting Author

5

 

National Oral Presentation, Presenting Author

3

 

International Poster, Presenting Author

4

 

National Poster, Presenting Author

2

 

International/National Oral Presentation/Poster, not presenting Author

2

 

Extra point per qualifying item above if radiology-specific (extra from 10 points above)

2

 

Total

12

 

Audit and Book Chapter

Topic

Max Score

Total Score

Audit, 1 pt per audit (must provide evidence of presentation or publication of audit)

2

 

Extra point for 1 audit above if radiology-specific

1

 

Book Chapter

1

 

Total

4

 

Overall Section 2 Score

16 

     

The interview process takes place in late January usually on a single day. The format of the interview is indeterminate due to Covid pandemic and details will be issued after shortlisting. Candidates undergo an interview which will include questions that explore the candidates’ career trajectory, experience and suitability for a career in radiology. Knowledge of radiology as a specialty and behaviours/attitudes relevant to working in a radiology department are also explored. The interviewers in each station comprise the educational coordinators in each site who will each mark the candidates. Additionally, candidates’ interpretative skills and clinical judgement may be evaluated in an OSCE.

Following the interview, successful candidates will then be given the opportunity to contact the 9 training hospitals and rank their preferences and appointments to training hospital will be achieved through a standardised matching process. While candidates may decline to work in a site by not ranking them, sites must rank all trainees and are not permitted to refuse a match. Each candidate is matched to their first choice of site. If there are more trainees matched to a site than there are SpR positions available, the candidate that is ranked lowest by that site moves to their second choice. If a candidate is unable to match, which can only be because he/she has not ranked all of the sites, they are placed first on the reserve list.

If a candidate refuses to accept a site that they had ranked then they are removed from the process and must re-apply in the next year. In a date in late March, usually between the 25-27th, if any more places on the scheme become available then the candidates are taken from the reserve list in rank order and included in a second match process based on their original preferences. After this second match no new first year trainees will be added to the scheme. The final list of trainees will be presented to the Forum of Postgraduate Training Bodies.

Trainees offered a site are expected to sign the Faculty of Radiologists SpR agreement, which may be revised annually. In addition, they will need to abide by and work contract offered by the employing hospitals. Candidates are informed of this at application and at the interview process. Following completion of the interview process, candidates will be informed of their acceptance or non-acceptance on the training programme. The successful candidate must, prior to taking up appointment, obtain:

  • Provisional Registration – Irish Medical Council, Lynn House, Portobello Court, Lower Rathmines Road, Dublin 6, Ireland. Tel: (00 353 1) 496 5588, Fax: (00 353 1) 496 5972.
  • A certificate of Medical Insurance from one of the recognised Medical Insurance Companies i.e. Medical Protection Society or the Medical Defence Union.
  • A student visa from the Department of Foreign Affairs Consular Section, 80 St. Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2. (where applicable).
  • Work Permit from the Department of Enterprise and Employment, 65a Adelaide Road, Dublin 2. (where applicable)

Formal feedback can be sought from the Faculty and will be provided by the National Training Coordinator.

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2. Radiation Oncology  – 2021 Application process now OPEN

 

Entry Requirements:

  •  For Radiation Oncology, all applicants must have, at a minimum, at least 3 years clinical experience.
    • 1 year as an intern and 2 years as an SHO is the minimum acceptable Radiation Oncology training.
  • All candidates must be registered or eligible for registration with the Irish Medical Council (www.medicalcouncil.ie)
  • Candiates must meet the English Language requirements as detailed our on website before applying for the training scheme

Closing date for Radiation Oncology applications is strictly 5pm on 2nd November 2020.

Application Procedure:

  1. Download and complete the payment form below.
  2. Scan and e-mail the completed payment form to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  3. Once your payment has been processed, an application form will be sent to your e-mail address.
  4. Complete the application form to include all relevant supporting documentation and save to one single PDF document then submit same by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
  5. Three completed structured reference forms to be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Payment Form

Supporting Forms for Completion of Application:

Applicant Declaration Form

Structured Reference Form

Radiation Oncology Shortlisting Self Scoring (July 2021)

Guidance for Eligbility for Training Specialist Division

Guidance on English Language Requirements

IELTS FAQs

Allocation of Training Places

HSE-Job-Specification-for-NCHD-posts

HSE NCHD Terms Conditions

Faculty of Radiologists Standardised Selection Process for Radiation Oncology Specialty Training – 2021

Version 1.2 – September 2020

Overview

The Faculty of Radiologists operates a five-year accredited equivalent full-time training scheme in Radiation Oncology, during which the trainees will be rotating across the three accredited training centres (Cork University Hospital, Galway University Hospital and St Luke’s Radiation Oncology Network, Dublin). Every year the Faculty of Radiologists will recruit a number of first year Radiation Oncology SpRs, the number of trainees is variable depending on the number of vacant positions in each site. Typically, about 3-5 trainees are appointed although this number is expected to increase as the number of training positions is likely to expand based on NDTP workforce requirements. Although the Faculty of Radiologists is recruiting on to its training scheme, each candidate is also being employed by the allocated training hospitals.

Each of the three training centres will nominate a Hospital Coordinator who sits on the Faculty of Radiologists Radiation Oncology Committee and will be part of the selection process (short-listing and interview). If a site’s educational coordinator is unavailable for the interviews she / he may nominate a proxy to represent the training centre.

Faculty Board, Faculty Officers and training coordinators of the Faculty of Radiologists are committed to encouraging diversity and eliminating discrimination in the organisation, practices and work of the Faculty.   The training of a Radiation Oncologist is a lengthy and expensive process and it is essential that those who are most suited to a career in Radiation Oncology are selected.  The purpose of the selection process is to identify and select those trainees who are most likely to make the best Consultant Radiation Oncologist in the future.  The underlying principles of the selection and appointment process, are equity of access, objectivity in the selection process and transparency in the appointments. Appointments will be made in order of merit and are subject to the applicant meeting the required standards, as prescribed by the Faculty of Radiologists. All applicants will be assessed against each other for the limited number of places.  

Application and Shortlisting

The Application process generally opens in early October and closes in early November. Candidates fill in an online document, upload relevant documents and arrange for three hard copy references to be sent to the Faculty.

Once the application process is closed, all applicants are scored based on their application form and CV.

Scores are totalled in the following sections (maximum score opposite):

Medical Degree Centile Score                  

5

Radiation Oncology Experience

7

Postgraduate Membership Examinations e.g. MRCP, MRCS        

6

Other Relevant Exams/Qualifications                   

3

Prizes, Scholarships                        

3

Research

10   

Radiation Oncology -Specific Research Marks                    

2

Quality/Safety/Audit Initiative               

2

Radiation Oncology-specific  Quality/Safety/Audit Initiative Marks      

1

Book Chapter               

1

                                      

All candidates are scored independently by short-listing panel, which includes The National Training Co-ordinator , the three Hospital Coordinators (or proxy) and a Faculty representative. The minimum score required to be called for interview is 20 points out of 40 points.

Local Hospital Coordinator Meeting

Prior interview, candidate will have the opportunity to visit the three training centres and their respective Local Hospital Coordinator, whose contact details will be provided by the Faculty   

Interview

The interview will be conducted by an interview panel, comprising the National Training Coordinator, the three Hospital Coordinators (or proxy) and a senior Faculty Officer .

The panel member questions will explore the candidates’ career trajectory, experience and exposure to oncology and radiation oncology, research and educational achievements, management experience, and suitability for a career in radiation oncology.  The senior Faculty Officer present, will ensure that the questions are fair and consistent and that the interviews keep to time. The senior Officer does not mark the interviews.

Marks for the interview are given under the following headings:

Experience and Suitability for a Career in Radiation    

40

Career Trajectory                   

10

General/ Behaviours               

10

The candidates are marked out of a total of 100 as follows:

Shortlisting        

40

Interview        

60

Hospital Allocation / Appointment

The Radiation Oncology training is based on a rotation across the three training centres. The successful candidate will allocated the training centre based on

  • Expressed preference. At time of interview candidate will be asked to provide by witting her / his location preference for the 1st year of training (Cork University Hospital, Galway University Hospital, St Luke’s Radiation Oncology Network Dublin)
  • Ranking at the interview (based on the total score achieved)

Revision of this Document

This process is subject to annual review by the Education Committee and Board after feedback from the prior year’s recruitment process, the candidates and other interested bodies including but not limited to RCSI and the NDTP.

 

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Successful Applications

Following completion of the interview process, candidates will be informed of their acceptance or non-acceptance on the training programme. The successful candidate must, prior to taking up appointment, obtain:

  • Provisional Registration – Irish Medical Council, Lynn House, Portobello Court, Lower Rathmines Road, Dublin 6, Ireland. Tel: (00 353 1) 496 5588, Fax: (00 353 1) 496 5972.
  • A certificate of Medical Insurance from one of the recognised Medical Insurance Companies i.e. Medical Protection Society or the Medical Defence Union.
  • A student visa from the Department of Foreign Affairs Consular Section, 80 St. Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2. (where applicable).
  • Work Permit from the Department of Enterprise and Employment, 65a Adelaide Road, Dublin 2. (where applicable)

 

 

Faculty of Radiologists National Higher (Post Fellowship) Training Programme in Radiology 2020 – Application Process  CLOSED.

Applications are invited for the Higher (Post Fellowship) Training Programme in Radiology which will commence in July 2020.  See below for further details:   

 

Entry Requirements:

  • Possession of a Fellowship of the Faculty of Radiologists or an equivalent qualification
  • All candidates must have completed four years of accredited training prior to commencement of higher training programme
  • All candidates must be registered or eligible for registration with the Irish Medical Council(www.medicalcouncil.ie)

 

Application Procedure:

  1. Download and complete the payment form below.
  2. Scan and e-mail the completed payment form to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  3. Once your payment has been processed, an application form will be sent to your e-mail address.
  4. Complete the application form to include all relevant supporting documentation and save to one single PDF document then submit same by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
  5. Post or hand deliver three completed structured reference forms (included in application form) to the Faculty of Radiologists (Faculty of Radiologists, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, 123 St. Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2,  Ireland).

Payment Form

Sample Radiology Application Form.doc

Closing date for Higher (Post Fellowship) Training Programme applications is strictly 3pm on xxx 2020.

Supporting Forms for Completion of Application:

Applicant Declaration Forms 1

Guidance for Eligbility for Training Specialist Division

Guidance on English Language Requirements

IELTS FAQs

HSE-Job-Specification-for-NCHD-posts

HSE NCHD Terms Conditions

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Successful Applications

Following completion of the interview process, candidates will be informed of their acceptance or non-acceptance on the training programme. The successful candidate must, prior to taking up appointment, obtain:

  • Provisional Registration – Irish Medical Council, Lynn House, Portobello Court, Lower Rathmines Road, Dublin 6, Ireland. Tel: (00 353 1) 496 5588, Fax: (00 353 1) 496 5972.
  • A certificate of Medical Insurance from one of the recognised Medical Insurance Companies i.e. Medical Protection Society or the Medical Defence Union.
  • A student visa from the Department of Foreign Affairs Consular Section, 80 St. Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2. (where applicable).
  • Work Permit from the Department of Enterprise and Employment, 65a Adelaide Road, Dublin 2. (where applicable)

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Applications for Training Programme

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