On the day of the Academic Interview, please ensure that you allow yourself plenty of time to get to the
venue to allow for registration and evaluation of essential entry criteria, e.g. documented proof of
identity, immigration status, confirmation of award of medical degree, foundation competences etc.
If you are booked to attend an Academic Interview and are unable to attend due to unforeseen circumstances
or an emergency, you must contact the organising HEE Local Office directly to ascertain whether alternative
arrangements can be made. Alternative arrangements cannot be guaranteed.
Applicants should note that children are not permitted at the interview venue.
Important: On arrival at Interview if you find you have a conflict of interest with a panel member, for example you are already familiar with them and you are not comfortable in being interviewed by them; it is your responsibility to inform a member of the recruitment team at your earliest opportunity so that alternative arrangements can be made, such as being interviewed by a neutral panel member.
18.1 Dress Code
Conventionally in the UK, formal professional practice between doctors and patients is appropriately marked
by a certain formality of dress. The same dress code will apply for selection centre as it does for day
to day clinical practice/contact with patients; this means that forms of dress should not constrain the
applicants’ ability to demonstrate recognised skills. All doctors should ensure their appearance
does not impede their professional roles and responsibilities; including communication with patients,
relatives, carers and other staff. Inappropriately revealing styles such as low-cut necklines and mini-skirts,
dangling jewellery/accessories should be avoided. Equally, forms of dress that cover the face will normally
be deemed inappropriate in such consultations.
18.2 Academic Interview Formate
At the Academic Interview each applicant will have a number of opportunities to demonstrate some of the competences
outlined in the GP ST1 Person Specification.
Each of these competences will be observed and assessed by trained assessors.
The Academic Interview will use a traditional format where by applicants will only go to one station and
be interviewed/assessed by one panel.
The competences that are assessed at Interview are:
- Knowledge and Achievements
- Scientific Publications and Presentations
- Communication Skills
Please refer to the NIHR and GP ST1 Person Specifications for more information about these.
Further details about the format of the day (i.e. how each of the above competences are assessed, for example
by a presentation exercise) will be provided to you by the HEE Local Office when they invite you to interview.
If you believe you should have received this information and have not then please contact the HEE Local Office
who are administering the interviews. GPNRO will not hold this information.