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GP Recruitment 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Recruitment

23rd March 2020 Update

Additional Applicant Information


17th March 2020 Update

Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and recent developments with regards to social distancing, a decision has been made to cancel all face to face specialty recruitment interviews with immediate effect.

We are currently revising all the recruitment processes to ensure selection can take place using different recruitment processes e.g. Skype interviews.

We are working with all the specialities and recruiters to confirm contingency plans and a revised recruitment timetable will be shared as soon as possible to ensure appointments can still be made for August 2020.

We have taken this decision during this exceptional circumstance in view of: 

  • Increased demand on the time of NHS staff in response to the pandemic
  • Trusts / Health Boards across the country instructing their staff not to travel
  • The need to support more vigilant public health measures and protect applicants and recruiters who would have been coming to recruitment events

We appreciate that this is a worrying time for applicants and further information and FAQs will be posted as soon as possible at:






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.


Shortage Occupation List Update:

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