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How to manage your offer

Offer deadline dates

Following the STP interviews you are advised to check both your emails (including spam) and your status on Oriel on regular basis. This is in case of any delay in an email being received. Initial offers should be released no later than Tuesday 21st May 2019 (* Please note that this may be subject to change. All applicants will be notified of any changes. Any changes to the offers timetable are likely to be as a result of unforeseen circumstances.)

You will have 48 hours from the time of your offer (excluding weekends and bank holidays) to decide whether to accept, reject or hold it. Offers not responded to within the 48 hours period will be classified as expired. Please note that you can only accept or hold one offer.


All STP offers are made through the online application system, Oriel. To assist with tracking the progress of your offer(s), you will find the latest status reflected within the online application portal.

If you are successful in one or more of your applications, your status on Oriel will change and any offers will appear within your 'Offers' section. To respond/update/view your offer, click on the vacancy name in the offers section.

Your application status on Oriel may change to one of the following:

  • Interview unsuccessful – applicant not been made an offer.
  • Interview complete - an applicant is 'appointable' but was not ranked high enough to be ranked an offer at this stage of the process. It may be that an applicant’s status will change at a later date to 'offer made' or it may remain as 'interview complete'. This will depend on whether any offers already made to other applicants are declined/expired from the previous wave of offers and also dependent on an applicant’s ranking and choices of sub preferences.
  • Offer made – applicant has been made an offer and will need to respond as instructed above.

Example of an offer in Oriel

 example page of an STP offer in Oriel


Example of an offer summary in Oriel

example page of an STP offer summary in Oriel

Offers and upgrades

If you have opted into upgrades these will automatically be taken into account if you accept or hold an offer. This means that if a higher ranked location, other than the one allocated to you, becomes available you will be automatically upgraded to this offer with no option to revert to your original offer.

You can change your upgrade options to allow a post/programme that was originally ranked lower than an offered post, to become an upgrade option. You can state which of your sub-preferences you would like to be considered for an upgrade. The upgrade options are completely configurable by you. You can opt out of upgrades at any point.

If you wish to be considered for upgrades into a particular post/programme, you should opt into this even if the post/programme is showing no vacancies. If a post becomes available at a later date, you will not be upgraded into it if you have not opted in, regardless of whether or not it was one of their higher ranked sub-preferences in the original application form.

Upgrading of offers will not continue beyond the stated upgrade deadline, even if a preferred post becomes available at a later date. After the upgrade deadline, vacant posts will be offered to the next eligible applicant who has sub-preferenced the post and who has yet to receive an offer, not to applicants who have already accepted a post.

Initial offers Hold deadline Upgrade deadline
No later than Tuesday 21 May 2019 Tuesday 28 May 2019 at 13.00 Thursday 30 May 2019 at 16.00

Offers and sub-preferences

If you are not prepared to accept an offer of training in a certain region/geographical area, you should not rank it in the sub-preferences and it should be added to the not wanted column. This will ensure that you never receive an offer for that particular sub-preference, even if this means that the offer goes to a lower ranked applicant. Sub-preference choices should be made solely on the preferences of the individual applicant and not the perceived preferences for all applicants. Ranking a less popular sub-preference highly will have no bearing on when an offer will be made.

By ranking a sub-preference you are stating that you would be prepared to undertake a training programme in that area, if you have opted into upgrades. You should not sub-preference or accept posts if you are unable to commence training in that particular post/area. If you are made an offer and decline it, you will be withdrawn from the process and will not receive any further offers for that specialism.

If an improved sub-preference becomes available your current offer will be automatically upgraded. You will be notified of an upgrade via your Oriel account. You should not sub-preference posts that you do not want to be upgraded into. After an upgrade has been made there is no opportunity to revert to the previously accepted post.

Accepting an offer

The accepted offer preference will be automatically upgraded if you have opted into upgrades and preferred location preferences become available (see offers and upgrades). By accepting an offer, any other applications the applicants has within the offer round will be withdrawn and the applicant will not receive any further offers from any other applications within the round.

Holding an offer

The held offer location preference will be automatically upgraded if you have opted into upgrades and preferred preferences become available (see offers and upgrades). Offers from others specialisms can still be received if eligible. Before the hold deadline passes offers must be confirmed as accept, accept with upgrades or decline.

Rejecting an offer

If you choose this option you will have your offer removed and receive no further offers from this specialism. You will continue to receive offers from other specialisms if eligible/available.

Contracts of employment

Any offers of training will be subject to satisfactory employment checks (NHS Employment Standards Checks) which will include references, any fitness to practice issues as well as Disclosure and Barring Services checks and occupational health clearances.

As such, any offer of training is conditional and applicants are advised not to resign from any current employment until an unconditional offer of training has been received from the respective employer. Please note, this offer is also conditional for those applicants who stipulated 'anticipated' on their application form against degree and are thus waiting their final degree results. This also includes higher degrees (MSc). Any offer is subject to you meeting the requirements of the person specification.

Once an offer of training has been accepted, all relevant details for you will be sent to the respective employer where the local employment checks will commence and the national recruitment process ends. You are advised to maintain regular contact with their employer to ensure that all checks can be carried out efficiently and effectively.


If you wish to receive feedback with regard to your interview, you can obtain this information free of charge by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. You can expect to receive a response within 30 calendar days but please note feedback requests will not be processed until after the interview outcomes have been released for all specialisms and in some cases this may take the response time over the 30 days. Feedback will normally consist of a total interview score (which will be released on Oriel at a later date). On request you can also be provided with copies of your interview scoresheets by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Requests for any additional information will be treated as 'Subject Access Requests' and will be chargeable as per the existing Data Protection Act advice which can be obtained from the Health Education England website.