Welcome to the Anaesthetics National Recruitment Office (ANRO)



The Anaesthetics National Recruitment Office at Health Education England working across the West Midlands is the responsible organisation for coordinating CT1 and ST3 recruitment to Anaesthetics specialty training posts (including ACCS Anaesthetics) within the NHS. This responsibility is carried out on behalf of the Royal College of Anaesthetists (RCoA) throughout England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Recruitment to anaesthetics training programmes is conducted twice-yearly for August and February commencement.

It is recommended that potential applicants familiarise themselves with the 2018 Applicant Handbook which is available at the NHS Specialty Training website



- There have been some noticeable changes to the recruitment model that will be used in 2018 to allow for greater applicant flexibility. Please ensure you read the applicant guidance to familiarise yourself with the changes.

- The 'white box' questions on the application form, that relate to your self-assessment score, have been removed and applicants are no longer required to fill out these sections. This decision was made based on feedback received in previous years recruitment. Applicants would previously spend a significant amount of time answering these questions and this information was not available to the assessors at interview. Please note: This change does not absolve the candidate of the responsibility to provide evidence at Selection Centre for the score they have awarded themselves..

- For 2019 recruitment the Self-Assessment Criteria will be undergoing changes. If you are planning to apply for the 2019 intake please do not use previous years Self-Assessment criteria as a basis, please wait until the 2019 one has been published.


2018 Recruitment


CT1 Applications (for August 2018 start date) open: Thursday 2nd November 2017 (10am)

ST3 Applications (for August 2018 start date) open: Wednesday 31st January 2018 (10am)

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