2016 has seen another successful round of STP and HSST recruitment. For STP, 866 interviews took place in just under three weeks for 310 posts (264 direct entry posts and 46 in service posts recruited to). HSST interviews took place in May with what should be 71 new HSST entrants joining the programme in September 2016.
Competition for STP was fierce with approximately 22 applicants to every STP post applying. Genomics (formerly genetics) was an incredibly popular specialism with at least 450 applicants ranking this as their first choice of specialism. This was followed by clinical biochemistry with 396 applicants ranking this as their first choice of specialism. Universities appeared to be the most popular source of referral to the STP. This was followed by Health Careers.
Induction days will be held on 14 September at Aston Villa FC for STP trainees, and 3 October at Birmingham City FC for HSST trainees.