Assuming you're applying for WS & bearing in mind I haven't got my crib-sheet to hand & there are fifty-odd different jobs....I think it's around 12 months test to entry (assuming there are no hold-ups along the way).
In most cases, for the jobs with a longish wait, you'll be notified of an entry date about six months ahead - unless there's a short-notice cancellation.
I am indeed applying for WS, ah crap really, long waiting list isnt it, does ever fluctuate?
Okay i see, is it safe to tell your current employer at that stage or wait until your notice period starts?
The waiting list was 3 years when I took my RT, it'll be 2 years and 8 months in total for RT to start date for me (I start in November going in as WS).
You don't HAVE to tell your employer until your contracted notice period, but I told mine ages ago more out of courtesy to give them the heads up.
Quick update guys, send my peak flow results earlier this week and also have had my 24hr blood pressure test with what i can tell as good results, so hopefully my doc will send off results in good time and I'll be put in for my pjft!