The ball has been served into play, the MTAS 2008 ball that is, and the MMC Board have produced a document outlining the various options for next year. Here it is.
There are three issues that they are opening up to consultation, and this chance must not be missed: shortlisting, national or local application form and applicant preferences.
Strangely for shortlisting, there is no option of having locally arranged short listing; this is especially strange given that this is the only tried and tested method. I also strongly believe that marked application forms must be binned, only a proper CV that allows individual flair should be accepted by trainees.
As regards the application form, there is simply no need for a CV based form. The form should be locally determined and a CV should be attached, the idea of a CV-based core of an application form is a definite second best to a proper CV.
I feel strongly that more applications should be allowed per candidate and that this should be done 'concurrently' in the words of the MMC board. Their one-strike-and-out philosophy is nothing short of a disgrace.
If you feel strongly about this attempt to water down MTAS and feed it back to more victims, then I suggest you write to firstname.lastname@example.org to express you views. I have written a short letter than you may wish to send expressing a concise set of opinions that could not be misinterpreted.
I am writing to reply to the 'Recruitment to specialty training -Proposals for improvements in 2008'. I have read the document in full and decided upon the following.
1. Shortlisting. This must be done locally and with proper CVs that allow individual creativity.
2. The application form must be determined locally and it must allow CVs to be attached in full.
3. Applicants should be able to apply for unrestricted numbers of jobs concurrently.