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 two ways to join our junior tier:

  1. 1.Standalone “F3” posts

  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. These are the only SHO-tier post that we know we always have to offer twice a year.

  4. Applications are now open for F3 posts (6 or possibly 12 months duration) starting August 2018 and Feb 2019... now with SPA and, from Feb 2019, annualised rota (which makes LTFT or blocks of time off feasible). Apply now on NHS jobs.

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. Aug 2018 - not yet known

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 no 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 are creating additional “F3” posts... more bodies on the rota makes it better for everyone!


We will be switching to an annualised rota system for our junior tier by Feb 2019.

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

We expect to be able to offer LTFT junior-tier posts possibly from August 2018, and definitely from Feb 2019, by which time our junior tier will be on annualised rotas.


To keep abreast of latest developments:

  1. To find out more or ask any questions, contact Dr Helen Salter, our Consultant who manages SHO-tier recruitment or contact @HelenSalter5 on Twitter

  2. Click here to go to the NHS Jobs page for our F3 posts.


Updated 16th May 2018

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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