Junior Doctor opportunities (SHO tier)



Junior posts - the old “SHO-tier”

Most of our junior doctor posts are part of Welsh Deanery training schemes:

3 x F2

1 x ACCS

3 x GPST

1 x Academic F2

1 x CT3 EM

If you aren’t on a rotation with Wales deanery, there are three other ways to join our junior tier:

  1. 1.The standalone “F3” post

  2. We always have one “F3” post - formerly called the “Trust SHO” or “Junior Clinical Fellow” post - on the SHO tier, that is available every August and February.  It doesn’t have educational approval by the deanery but it is otherwise identical to the educationally-approved SHO posts.

  3. This is the only SHO-tier post that we know we always have to offer twice a year.

  4. August 2017-Feb 2018: full

  5. Feb 2018-August 2018: provisionally filled

  6. Aug 2018 - available

2.  Unfilled Deanery posts

  1. It’s quite common for us to have one or two of the GPST slots unfilled, due to gaps in the GP training scheme. Unfortunately, these posts are not available for local recruitment until after Wales Deanery have held a 2nd or 3rd round of GPST recruitment, so - when available - we usually cannot advertise them until very late.

  2. Feb 2018-August 2018: we expect to have GPST LAS post(s) but these will only be released to us nearer the time.

  3. Aug 2018 - not yet known

  1. 3. Extra “F3” posts created from dropped Clinical Fellow sessions

  1. Many of our post-ACCS Clinical Fellows opt to work fewer than the “standard” 13-session job plan and some take a break mid year (e.g. we currently have one away for the ski season and another doing a trauma elective in South Africa). We try to “recycle” the funding from any unused sessions and use them to create extra posts.

  2. If we haven’t got enough money from dropped sessions to create an extra full 12-month Clinical Fellow post, we may have enough to create 6-month “F3” posts, and this is what we did from August 2016 to Feb 2017.  Currently however we have our funded Clinical Fellow sessions rammed to the rafters and so we don’t have any “extra F3” opportunities at present.

  1. Feb 2018: not yet clear - unlikely at present

  2. Aug 2018: looking very hopeful!

Who is eligible for the “F3” posts?

You basically need to have completed the UK Foundation programme: you must have worked in the UK before in a substantive post (Clinical Attachments alone are not enough). But don’t worry if you have o EM experience - we are perfectly used to looking after EM beginners! 

What’s the junior-tier rota like?

It’s a full shift, Band 1A rota (there is no imposition of the new contract in Wales) that has been carefully designed to fit in with circadian rhythms according to rota design best-practice in order to minimise fatigue. That said, there is a high frequency of nights, and the very strategies that help minimise circadian rhythm disturbance  also make it quite anti-social. That’s why we try to create additional “F3” posts whenever we can... more bodies on the rota makes it better for everyone!

Furthermore, our 2016/17 Middle Grades have just voted to work more weekend night-shifts from Feb 2017 in order to help reduce the frequency of junior-tier night shifts rather than enjoying the luxury of reduced night-shift frequency themselves as their numbers increase... we are very proud of them, but it also gives an indication of how much our middle grades are committed to supporting our junior docs.

Are there any less than full time opportunities on the SHO tier?

We’re working hard to facilitate LTFT working in our ED - it’s no problem for middle grade and consultant level - but at present it’s not logistically possible to undertake one of our “core” SHO-tier posts (i.e. deanery post or replacement for it, or the stand-alone F3 post) without a job share. 

If we are able to create additional F3 posts by recycling money from dropped sessions on the middle-grade tier, then LTFT is a possibility. Talk to us!

How can I find out about available posts?

To keep abreast of latest developments:

  1. Keep an eye on the front page of this website

  2. Follow @mmbangor and @YGEDBangor on Twitter

  3. Contact Dr Helen Salter, our Consultant who manages SHO-tier recruitment (although remember the situation is fluid and can change quite rapidly from zero posts available to many).  


We try very hard to provide a supportive and enjoyable introduction to Emergency Medicine for our SHO-tier doctors, and it seems we succeed: our juniors consistently say they have a great time with us, and the Welsh Deanery has even visited to see what our secrets are!

We think it’s quite simply: friendly and approachable consultants, fantastic and supportive middle grades (and lots of them), a rota that is designed to minimise fatigue (though sadly, we can’t fix anti-sociability as well) and interesting case-mix.

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