(2) when she will answer question 134104, tabled by the hon. Member for Yeovil on 24 April 2007, on the Medical Training Application Service.
The number of posts available for the 2007 recruitment process is in the following table.
Run through FTSTA Academic Total Round one posts not on MTAS added after 19 April1 Estimated GP posts filled outside MTAS New run through programmes in Round 2 Estimated new FTSTAs and GP posts in Round 21 Overall total of training posts in 20072 UK 14,595 4,392 185 19,172 108 3,450 215 302 23,247 England 11,916 3,485 182 15,583 108 2,828 215 302 19,036
Round one posts not on MTAS added after 19 April1
Estimated GP posts filled outside MTAS
New run through programmes in Round 2
Estimated new FTSTAs and GP posts in Round 21
Overall total of training posts in 20072
Across the UK 34,389 candidates submitted applications on Medical Training Application Service (MTAS) during the first recruitment round and made 127,948 applications. Of these 32,6003 applicants made at least one eligible application and a total of 118,6003 eligible applications are recorded on the MTAS system. Of the eligible applicants 29,6003 were already working in training or non-training posts in the national health service.
The MTAS data provide the number of applications per post not applicants per post. Based on the MTAS extract dated 19 April there were 6.2 applications per post.
1 Taken from a survey of English deaneries on 14 June. Figure only includes the posts in England and not those in the devolved Administrations because the survey only covered English deaneries. We expect there to be additional new posts in the devolved Administrations.
2 As set out in note 1, the United Kingdom total does not include the new Round 2 posts in the devolved Administrations.
3 This figure is an estimate derived by inference from the data provided by applicants on the MTAS system.
The applicant’s guide, which was first published on 30 November 2006, provided detailed information about the recruitment process, including how applicants would be matched to posts. Since the Modernising Medical Careers (MMC) Review began, a series of communications has been sent to applicants and recruitment teams and the applicant's guide has been revised. All of this information is available on the MMC website at www.mmc.nhs.uk.
Further background and information on the decision not to proceed with designing an algorithm to match applicants to posts was included in the Department’s witness statements to the Judicial Review brought by Remedy UK. Copies of these two statements have been placed in the Library.
All applicants in the current recruitment to specialty training must meet the eligibility requirements that applied on 5 February 2007, regardless of their nationality. Applicants who meet the eligibility requirements who are from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) will be considered on the same basis as United Kingdom and EEA applicants unless they require a work permit.
(2) whether the applicants’ guide for the Medical Training Application Service refers to migrant status and the Highly Skilled Migrant Programme;
(3) whether (a) her Department and (b) the Postgraduate Medical Education and Training Board can vary the 5 February deadline for the Highly Skilled Migrant Programme status passport stamp.
The application form made clear that evidence of immigration status should include an appropriately stamped passport.
To ensure consistency in the assessment of applications it was agreed that eligibility criteria for applications to specialty training had to be met on the final date of application, 5 February. This included the assessment of immigration status. To change this date or allow exceptions to it would be impractical and unfair.
The current applicants’ guide, available on the Modernising Medical Careers website, is clear that immigration status will be assessed as of the 5 February 2007.