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Competition ratios

Competition ratios

Competition ratios can be misleading. Our advice therefore is that you make your deanery choices based on where you see yourself working for the next 3 years. If you really donít know which deaneries to choose, we suggest that you do some research into the type of programmes offered at each deanery, the geographical areas covered by each deanery, the main Trusts in each of those areas, transport links to home, and so on. Bear in mind that if successful, you will be committing to that area for the next 3 years. If in doubt about geography and travel links, then websites such as www.british-towns.netExternal link can help. You can also access individual deanery and programme profiles from the Deanery section and from there you can access individual deanery web sites for even more information.

You may find the following information from the August 2009, August 2010 and August 2011 recruitment rounds helpful. We strongly suggest that you also read The Applicants Guide so that you understand how the GP assessment and selection process works.

Application Ratios

In round 1 in both 2009 2010 and 2011 there were slightly fewer than 2 applications for every vacancy at ST1 entry nationally. The figures below are based on first choice deanery preferences. London and Northern Ireland continue to remain the most competitive deaneries. Applicant to vacancy ratios in Round 2 tend to be higher as there are fewer vacancies. Round 2 in 2011 attracted 3.5 candidates per vacancy nationally.

Deanery

Round 1
Ratio 2009

Round 1
Ratio 2010

Round 1
Ratio 2011

Round 2
Ratio 2011

East Midlands

1.38

1.40

1.30

2.82

East of England

1.76

1.28

1.42

5.10

KSS

1.40

1.27

1.48

10.91

London

3.13

3.70

2.93

 

Mersey

1.84

1.40

1.04

2.27

Northern

1.41

1.56

1.29

1.26

N Ireland

2.91

2.92

2.88

 

Northwestern

1.94

1.87

1.70

 

Oxford

1.66

1.81

1.98

 

Scotland

1.64

1.28

1.48

1.00

Severn

1.59

1.60

1.97

 

SWP

1.32

1.33

1.49

 

Wales

1.94

1.20

1.55

1.95

Wessex

1.21

1.15

1.50

 

West Midlands

1.93

1.74

1.58

3.34

Y & H

1.79

1.39

1.45

2.78

Selection Centre Ratios

For Round 1, all deaneries offer approximately 1.5 Selection Centre places for every vacancy. In Round 2 in 2011, deaneries offered 2 Selection Centre places for every vacancy. Selection Centre places are allocated to applicants based on their ranking and their deanery preferences after the first assessment. This process is explained more thoroughly in our Applicants Guide. Nearly 90% of shortlisted applicants were invited to attend Selection Centre at their first choice deanery in Round 1 2009 and more than 90% of shortlisted applicants were invited to attend selection centre at their first choice deanery in round 1 in both 2010 and 2011. All selection centre places at London and Northern Ireland were allocated to candidates who gave these deaneries as their first choice. In Round 2 in 2011, the number of applicants allocated to their first choice deanery was around 60%.

Offer Ratios

All appointable candidates at Round 1 in both 2010 and 2011 were made an offer of a GP training programme either at the deanery where they attended Selection Centre or elsewhere via our national clearing process.

Note: The above information is provided as a guide only. The figures quoted relate only to applicants for the August 2009, 2010 and 2011 intakes and it should not be assumed that there is any general pattern. The NRO can make absolutely no guarantees that ratios for 2012 will be in line with the above.

 

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