Recruitment for STP Training Positions
What trainee can be placed in an STP Post?
STP positions are funded based on information provided through the application for funding process. The position is generally for a specific specialty and level of training e.g. Basic Training or Advanced Training in various specialties.
For advanced training positions in a specific specialty, a trainee registered with RACP for training in that specialty must be placed in the STP training position. Advanced Trainees in General and Acute Care medicine are accepted in most STP positions as they are required to complete terms in most specialties.
The trainee must be registered to train in that specialty with RACP and at the particular training site where the STP position is located, in order for STP funds to be paid.
Overseas trained physicians looking to complete top-up training are accepted in STP positions.
Overseas physician looking to complete training for a term but do not intend to remain in Australia are not accepted in STP positions.
Once a trainee achieves fellowship with the RACP, they cannot be placed in an STP position.
What happens if I can’t recruit a trainee?
STP training sites must report vacancies of STP funded training positions to RACP STP as soon as possible. RACP is required to manage vacant STP posts and ensure they are filled at all times. Where STP training positions are vacant for more than six months the STP Vacant Post Policy will be activated (refer below).
Can I recruit a Basic Trainee instead of an Advanced Trainee?
A Basic Trainee can be recruited if funding is for that level of training position.
If the STP funded position is for Advanced Training only and there are difficulties recruiting an Advanced Trainee, the post must be reported as vacant in the next Progress Report. Permission from the STP Advisory Group must be sought prior to placement of a Basic Trainee in an Advanced Training position where recruitment of an Advanced Trainee has been difficult. The site must be accredited for Basic Training for this request to be considered.
My trainee is going on maternity/personal leave. Do I need to recruit a replacement?
Yes, STP does not fund maternity or other long-term leave. The Department advises that STP posts that will be unfilled for more than six months in these circumstances should have another trainee recruited to the position.