During the Core Surgical Training application, each Deanery (or LETB as they are now called) releases the number of jobs they have available. This number often varies, and may not be confirmed until the last minute. The table below shows the latest update of the CST jobs per deanery for the 2023 selection round. Please note that Competition Rates for jobs vary between deaneries.

 Rough CST numbers per region
East Midlands42-43
East of England45-50
Kent, Surrey, Sussex35-39
North East28-30
North West (North Western)45-55
North West (Mersey)24-31
South West (Peninsula)16-20
South West (Severn)25
Thames Valley 18
West Midlands0-50
Yorkshire and Humber54

Once all the jobs have been released, applicants then have to rank them in order of preference. How well candidates perform in their interview determines how likely they are to get their first preference. Some Core Surgical posts are themed towards a particular surgical sub specialty.

Map of UK core surgical training application deaneries