NHS Education for Scotland Logo

Scottish Medical Training

Scotland - the home of medical excellence

East of Scotland General Practice

East of Scotland GP Programmes

Welcome from the Director of Postgraduate GP Education

Welcome to the information pages for the East of Scotland Deanery.  The East if Scotland region encompasses the training areas of North, East and South East Scotland (along with their associated programmes)

Each area will explain in more detail the various programmes they offer and the uniqueness of training they they provide on the page belong along with the location of the deanery office and useful contacts for further information.

Scotland is a great place to train to be a GP.  The East region exemplifies all that Scotland has to offer both in terms of rurality, with placements in places such as the Shetlands and Borders, and urban settings in cities such as Aberdeen and Edinburgh.  There is something here for every future GP.

I hope you will find the information useful and relevant regarding GP training in our regions and I wish you a successful training journey in whatever part of Scotland you pursue your career.

Dr Amjad Khan
Director of Postgraduate GP Education


Welcome from Dr Chris Mair, Assistant Director of Postgraduate GP Education

Welcome to the GP Recruitment pages for the East of Scotland, where I hope you will find relevant and interesting information about GP Training in this area of Scotland.

It can be difficult for some doctors to come to a decision about their training. There are lots of factors influencing their choice - personal preferences for a specialty, family commitments and wider issues about life work balance and geography. The decision about which specialty, and where, has to be made at an individual level and I hope that the information you find here will help to make your choice a well informed one.

In the East of Scotland we offer an excellent training environment with our mix of hospitals and General Practices. I know from feedback from our GP Specialty Registrars (GP StRs) that they particularly value the support provided to them by their GP Educational Supervisors who supervise them throughout the three years of their training.

The Postgraduate GP Team is a combined team covering the East & South East of Scotland and work from NHS Education for Scotland (NES) Postgraduate offices in Ninewells Hospital in Dundee and Westport in Edinburgh.

Within the Regional Offices we have a dedicated team of GPs and administrative support staff who are here to help support GP StRs at all stages of training.

Geographically East of Scotland is in an ideal location to offer training experiences in remote and rural locations or within the inner city. We are also well served by excellent road and rail links - Edinburgh and Glasgow are only an hour away.

Whatever you decide, may I take this opportunity to wish you well in your future career.

Dr Chris Mair
Assistant Director of GP Education
East & South East of Scotland

Office Location

We are located within Ninewells Hospital. This is a short taxi ride from Dundee City Railway Station or from Dundee Airport, and is accessible by road via the M90 / A90 to the west (from Edinburgh of Glasgow) and the A90 to the north (from Aberdeen).


Postgraduate Medical Office

Level 8

Ninewells Hospital & Medical School





Why Train as a GP in the East of Scotland?

The East of Scotland offers training opportunities for up to 38 GP StRs per year. All recruitment is organised through the UK Recruitment process and more information is available on the National Recruitment Office site (link below).  East of Scotland Educational Supervisors and Postgraduate Advisers are involved in this process at the stage 3 Selection Centre.

We have two training programmes - the Westward Programme which includes hospital attachments in Forth Valley, Perth and Dundee; and the Eastward Programme which includes hospital attachments in Stracathro, Dundee and Perth. All of our posts are for 3 years and comprise:

  • Specialty Training Year 1 (ST1) - 6 months in practice / 6 months in hospital
  • Specialty Training Year 2 (ST2) - 12 months in hospital
  • Specialty Training Year 3 (ST3) - 12 months in practice

More information on the individual posts can be found under the Programme Descriptors heading.

Eastward Programme Descriptor (pdf)

Westward Programme Descriptor (pdf)

After obtaining a Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT), there are opportunities for post-training Fellowships in Medical Education, Health Inequalities and Rural General Practice.

What is it like?

Find out what it's like to be a GP trainee in the East of Scotland.

Why Live in the East of Scotland?

The East of Scotland area is an excellent place to live and work. We in the GP Unit would say that, wouldn't we? After all we all live and work here - some were born here and have never moved away, some left and have come back and others have moved into the area and decided to stay.

For more information visit the Scotland Deanery Website (external link).

GP National Recruitment Office Website
Royal College of General Practitioners Website
Scottish Medical Training Website