If you are looking to apply to a sub-specialty programme in stroke medicine, this area of the website contains detailed information to help you. This covers recruitment to UK training programmes in England and Wales; there is a separate programme, available to any UK trainee, for those who wish to train in stroke medicine in Scotland.

Stroke medicine training is only to current higher physician specialty trainees who meet the eligibility criteria.

Upon satisfactory completion of training in stroke medicine and the parent specialty, trainees will be eligible to have the sub-specialty included in their entry in the GMC’s Specialist Register, alongside the award of a Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT) in their main specialty; for more information on certification please see the JRCPTB website.

If you are considering applying to stroke medicine, it is strongly recommended that you speak to your current training programme director to discuss your plans and the effect it will have on your training.

The stroke medicine section of this website has been divided into sections to help you navigate the process:

  • Am I eligible? – key information about the eligibility criteria.
  • Planning your application – including the timeline, vacancy numbers, contact information and further opportunities after the national recruitment round.
  • Applying – where and how to apply and information about completing the application form.
  • Interview – the structure and content of the interview, how you will be scored and appointability determined.
  • Offers and beyond – choosing your programme preferences, how and when offers will be made, responding to offers and employment for those accepting an offer.
  • About stroke medicine – including summary information about training in stroke medicine, where to go for more information and data relating to the sub-specialty

2024 recruitment

There is one main round of national recruitment to stroke medicine in 2023:

  • Applications – open at 10am on Thursday 16 November 2023 and close at 4pm on Thursday 7 December 2023, for programmes starting from August to December 2024.
  • Interview – all interviews will take place on Wednesday 17 January 2024.

The planning your application section has a fuller timetable and information about further opportunities after the national recruitment round.


If you cannot find the answer to anything about stroke medicine recruitment on our website, the Physician Specialty Recruitment Office runs a helpdesk which can be contacted with any queries. Normally, queries will be responded to within 48 hours (excluding bank holidays and weekends).

For help with any queries, please visit the Lase PGMDE support portal: https://lasepgmdesupport.hee.nhs.uk/support/home 

Best wishes, and good luck with your application,

Dr Philip Bright
Clinical Lead for the Physician Specialty Recruitment Office