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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 recruitment pages for the South East of Scotland Region which we hope will give you a flavour of what the region offers to GP trainees and inform your choice when applying for General Practice training.

The hub of the South East of Scotland Region is the GP unit located in the NHS Education for Scotland (NES) office at Westport 102 in Edinburgh. The region covers the City of Edinburgh, East and West Lothian, Fife and the Borders. This ensures a wide range of training environments to support your ongoing professional development.

The hospital posts are based in both teaching and district general hospitals and provide a wealth of clinical experience relevant to your future career in primary care.

The region has a variety of well balanced three programmes all of which include eighteen months in General Practice. Each trainee is allocated to a Trainer who will act as their Educational Supervisor and will offer support and advice throughout the programme.

The regions trainers are supported by the education managers, administrative staff, programme directors, assistant directors and director, who are all committed to ensuring that trainees receive all the necessary guidance and help they may require.

The region consistently has above average rates of success in the MRCGP examination and has been highly rated in recent GMC surveys of trainees.

Many of those who have trained in the region have chosen to live and work in the area after training.

Overall the South East of Scotland is a great place to train, live, work and play - we look forward to welcoming you to one of our programmes.


Dr Chris Mair

Assistant Director of GP Education


Programme Descriptors

Borders and Midlothian (pdf)

Fife and North Edinburgh (pdf)

West Lothian and West Edinburgh (pdf)

Edinburgh and East Lothian (pdf)

Edinburgh Central (pdf)

Why choose the South East of Scotland?

The region (external link) offers an attractive choice of places to live and work from the bustle of Scotland's capital and International Festival City to the rural settings of Fife and the Borders. Transport links from Edinburgh to the rest of Scotland and further afield are well developed making the Scottish Borders, Perthshire and the Scottish Highlands easily accessible opening up a wide range of opportunities for outdoor activities.

Contact Us

South East GP Unit
NHS Education for Scotland
102 Westport


GP National Recruitment Office Website