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How to manage your offer

Around the time of offers your application status on Oriel will change to one of the following:

  • Interview unsuccessful - an applicant has not been made an offer.
  • Interview complete - an applicant is appointable but was not ranked high enough to be ranked 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 - an applicant has been made an offer and will need to respond (see section below on accepting an offer).

You are advised to check both your email and Oriel on a regular basis in case there is a delay in an email being received or you do not receive an email.

If you are successful in one or more of your applications, your offer(s) will appear within the 'Offers' section in Oriel (the online application portal). On this page you will be able to track the progress of your offer and by clicking on the vacancy name you can find out more details or respond/update/view your offer. Below are examples of what an 'Offers' page and 'Offers Summary' page on Oriel may look like.

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


Accepting an offer

Your accepted offer preference will be automatically upgraded if you have opted into upgrades and preferred location preferences become available (see offers upgrading).  

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 upgrading). Offers from other specialisms can still be received if eligible.

Offer upgrading

You will automatically receive offer upgrades if you accept or hold an offer and have opted in for upgrades. This means that should a higher ranked location 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. Upgrades will continue until the dates stated in the national timetable.

Rejecting an offer

If you choose this option you will have your offer removed and you will not receive any further offers from this specialism. You will continue to receive offers from other specialisms if eligible/available.

The offer process


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, an offer is also conditional for applicants who stipulated 'anticipated' on their application form against a degree and are thus waiting for their final degree result. This will also include higher degrees such as the MSc. Any offer is also subject to you meeting the requirements of the person specification.

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

Interview feedback

If you wish to receive feedback about your interview, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. There is no fee for obtaining feedback and you can expect to receive a response within 40 calendar days. Feedback requests will not be processed until after the interview outcomes have been released for all specialisms and therefore sometimes a response may take longer than the 40 calendar days.

The feedback will normally consist of your total interview score (which will be released on Oriel at a later date) and the score required to be eligible for an offer to be made. You can also request copies of your interview score sheets by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Please note that 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.