A standardised interview/selection format is in place, which is mandatory for all Anaesthetics and ACCS (Anaesthetics) interviews, to ensure that there is a consistent national standard. The standardised format incorporates a generic scoring system and structure for interviews across all HEE Local Offices or Deaneries but allows the addition of locally preferred stations to complement the nationally standardised stations.
At each of the standard stations, you will be assessed by two consultant assessors. Each assessor will score you independently.
The national stations are as follows:
Clinical Interview – 10 minutes
This is a scenario based interview assessing:
You will be given the clinical scenario on the day and will be allowed up to 5 minutes to read the scenario before you enter the station
Portfolio (Paper Based Only) – 20 minutes
The Portfolio station is designed to assess past achievements, commitment to specialty and career progression to date. 10 minutes of the station time will be used to confirm your self-assessment score. You will therefore be expected to have evidence to show for each of the self-scoring domains. Failure to supply suitable evidence to fully support the score awarded will result in your score being reduced.
The second half of the Portfolio station will be used to explore areas of your portfolio in more detail. In particular, assessment will be made on evidence of reflective practice, your commitment/insight into Anaesthetics and your commitment to the training programme/HEE Local Offices or Deaneries you are applying for. Achievements and interests outside of medicine will also be taken into account, and may or may not be questioned on.
Presentation – 10 minutes (5 minutes delivery, 5 minutes questions)
This station gives you an opportunity to demonstrate how you can perform, with an associated time pressure, to prepare and deliver a presentation. Topics are carefully chosen so that this exercise tests the delivery of a presentation in challenging circumstances rather than being a pure test of knowledge.
You will be given the presentation topic on the day and will be given 10 minutes to prepare your presentation prior to entering the station.
Assessors will score you against the following domains:
In addition, for each of the three national standard stations, you will be given a ‘Global Rating’ score. This relates to an assessor’s professional judgement of the overall performance of the applicant at a particular station. Information on what is looked for in this domain can be found on in the appropriate scoring guidance document available from here.
Locally Preferred Additional Stations
Individual HEE Local Offices or Deaneries are able to supplement the above three standardised stations with additional, locally preferred stations. If used, these will be designed to test attributes described in the national Person Specification. If HEE Local Offices or Deaneries choose to adopt local stations, it is expected that when applicants are invited to interview they would be informed of this by the interviewing HEE Local Offices or Deaneries and the attributes that are being tested.