The interview window will take place between Monday 4th September 2017 and Friday 22nd September 2017 (inclusive).
All interview dates can be found on ANRO website.
On the day of the interview, please ensure that you allow yourself plenty of time to get to the interview venue and ensure that you take a hard copy of your portfolio of evidence with you, as access to e-portfolio will not be available at the interview. Guidance on preparing your portfolio for interview is available on ANRO website. It is important that your Portfolio contains evidence to support every score you have awarded yourself in self-assessment.
If you are invited for interview and are unable to attend due to unforeseen circumstances or an emergency, you must contact the interviewing HEE Local Office or Deanery directly to ascertain whether alternative arrangements can be made. It is important to note that alternative arrangements cannot be guaranteed.
Mobile phones and other electronic devices have no place at interview and should be left at home wherever possible. Mobile phones or electronic devices brought to interview must be switched off and fully deactivated for the duration of the interview. Non-compliance to the above may lead to disqualification from the process and you will not proceed to the next stage.
Important: If, during the interview process, you believe there to be a conflict of interest with a panel member, for example you are already well known to each other and you are not comfortable being interviewed by them; it is your responsibility to inform a member of the recruitment team at your earliest opportunity so that alternative arrangements, where possible, can be made.
17.1 Interview Format
A national, standardised interview format exists for all Anaesthetics interviews to ensure fairness and consistency. The standardised format incorporates a generic scoring system and structure for interviews across all HEE Local Offices and Deaneries.
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:
17.1.1 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.
17.1.2 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 Office or Deanery you are applying for. Achievements and interests outside of medicine will also be taken into account, and may or may not be questioned on.
17.1.3 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:
17.1.4 Global Rating
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. Further information on this domain can be found in the appropriate scoring guidance document available from here.
17.2 Appointability and VETO
For an applicant to be deemed appointable, they need to score a minimum of 110 in the three standard national stations (Clinical Interview, Portfolio and Presentation).
Applicants will not be eligible to be offered an Anaesthetics post in this recruitment round if they do not score the minimum in the national stations.
Applicants can score above the national cut-off (i.e. 110) and still be vetoed out of the process for particularly poor performance at a station. Vetoed applicants will not be considered for appointment in the recruiting HEE Local Office or Deanery and will not be eligible for clearing.
A Global Rating score of 1 from each of the assessors in a particular station is the only way that an applicant can be vetoed, however, an applicant could score two 1s and a decision could be made not to veto. A discussion between the assessors and the Clinical Lead will take place for any applicants who could potentially be vetoed and the final decision will rest with the Clinical Lead.
17.3 Observers, Lay Representatives and External Assessors
There may be times during the interview where you are observed in one or more stations. This could be by a Senior Trainee, Lay Representative or External Assessor. The purpose of these roles is to ensure that quality, consistency and standardisation is present throughout all interview centres. Furthermore, it allows for areas of best practice to be established and shared.
ANRO can confirm that the observers will have no role in the assessment of an applicant and nor in deciding the appointability of an applicant.
17.4 Selection Centre Courses and Websites
It should be noted that ANRO do NOT recommend that you book commercial courses, sign up to websites or purchase advice and guidance books specifically aimed at doctors undertaking the Anaesthetics Selection Centre. None of the Anaesthetics assessors take part in or endorse any preparation courses, websites or books