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GP Recruitment 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Recruitment

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Below are links to frequently asked questions for trainees in relation to the impacts on training in Scotland, as well as UK National Recruitment. Please note that these are updated on an ongoing basis so please check back regularly for updates. 

Scotland specific - can be found here on the Scotland Deanery website. 

UK National Recruitment - can be found here



3 April 2020 Update

Up to date responses to Frequently Asked Questions can be found here

2 April 2020 Update

Thank you for your patience whilst contingency plans have been put in place and approved. We are now in a position to confirm further details, please click here

30 March 2020 Update

Following the cancellation of all face-to-face recruitment, contingency plans have been reviewed for all medical and surgical specialties by senior clinical representatives from across the four nations, and junior doctor representatives from the BMA JDC and AoMRC trainees’ committee, supported by the Medical and Dental Recruitment and Selection (MDRS) team. A number of general principles have been agreed to support the appointment of doctors to Medical training programmes, which will allow August 2020 start dates to be maintained. Please click here

23rd March 2020 Update

We are keen that medical recruitment is disrupted no more than absolutely necessary and, as such, are urgently working will all Royal College recruitment teams to reschedule these recruitment events. For more information, please click here

17th March 2020 Update

All interviews (17 March onwards) postponed. For more information please click here.


Round 1 Re-Advert

Applications for Round 1 (Re-advert) 2020 have now closed.  Further information regarding Round 2 recruitment (February start) will be updated later in the year.

Applications to General Practice should be made via the Oriel recruitment portal.

The GP National Recruitment Office (GPNRO) (external link) is the administrative body responsible for co-ordinating the nationally agreed and quality assured process for recruitment to GP Specialty Training Programmes in Great Britain and Northern Ireland.  If you wish to apply only for General Practice, the GPNRO Website (external link) has all the documentation and guidance you require.

Please click below for the 2020 GP Training brochure.

2020 GP Training Brochure (pdf)

For further information regarding training as a GP in Scotland and for details of the programmes on offer, please visit our programme information page.



From 6 October 2019, all medical practitioners have been added to the Shortage Occupation List in the UK. This means that all medical practitioners are exempt from the Resident Labour Market Test (RLMT) and can apply for any specialty in any recruitment round, subject to eligibility, and will be considered for posts alongside UK/EU/EEA nationals and other settled workers.

All applicants for specialty training must hold or be eligible to hold full registration with the GMC/GDC, and Applicants to Public Health will still be subject to the RLMT.

Full details can be found in the 2020 Applicants Guide.


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Applying From Another Medical Specialty?

You may be able to shorten your GP training by six months through the Accreditation of Transferable Competences Framework process.  Follow this link for more information and ensure that you add this to your application if you are eligible.


Additional Support for GPSTs in Scotland

In August 2020 the Scottish Government will provide additional financial support for new GPSTs 

The Scottish Government will fund a £20,000 incentive payment for trainees choosing to train the following programmes:

  • Ayrshire & Arran
  • Caledonian
  • Dumfries & Galloway
  • East of Scotland (Eastward)
  • Lanarkshire
  • Rural Track
  • East of Scotland (Westward)

Visit the August 2020 intake TERS page.

 Lynsey Yeoman