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GP Recruitment 2020

Applications for Round 1 2020 will open at 10:00am on Thursday 7 November 2019.

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 2019 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.


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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 February 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 February 2020 intake TERS page.

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Targeted GP Training Scheme

Left GP Training part way through but still keen to successfully complete it?

The Targeted GP Training Scheme will be available in Scotland for posts commencing February 2020. 

What is the Targeted GP Training Scheme?

The Targeted GP Training Scheme is for you if you have passed your Work Place Based Assessment (WPBA) and one of the two required exams (either the Applied Knowledge Test (AKT) or Clinical Skills Assessment (CSA)) but left training between August 2010 and January 2018 without passing the second exam.
The 18-month scheme is being introduced as it is recognised that these trainees may not have had the opportunities available to trainees today in terms of extensions to training.

How to apply

Applications to the Targeted GP Training Scheme will be considered as part of the standard GP Recruitment process via the GPNRO website.
Posts will be available across all four Scottish Regions so please take this opportunity to come back to training with targeted support to ensure your success and complete your training as a GP.

Find out more

Further information on the scheme, including eligibility criteria, is on the GPNRO website.
there's a guide, person specification and you will find a Frequently Asked Questions document at the bottom of the page.