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Broad Based Training

Broad Based Training (BBT) is a core training programme for Scotland. 

BBT offers trainees a firm broad foundation in four specialties with direct entry into year 2 of any of these four specialties. 

The programme includes 6 months in each of the following specialties:

  • Internal Medicine Training
  • General Practice
  • Paediatrics
  • Psychiatry

During each of the 4 attachments, 10% of training time is spent in one of the other three specialties. The programme allows time and confidence to develop before having to progress to a further career choice, whilst still gaining GMC training recognition. The training provides an integrated approach across disciplines, and allows direct entry into second year of training in any of the four specialties without further interview.

BBT is offered in regions of the Scotland Deanery to meet the requirements of trainees.  These include urban and inner city settings of NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde and NHS Lanarkshire, rural and remote settings in NHS Highland and NHS Dumfries and Galloway and a mixture of these opportunities in NHS Tayside, NHS Ayrshire & Arran and NHS Grampian. It is ideal for those who want more time or wish a broader training before deciding on a career.

Scotland is a great place to train.  It is very accessible, there is a diverse urban and rural culture, and a variety of recreational pursuits that are easily available and are affordable.  This includes music, theatre, museums, night clubs, various sporting options and outdoor pursuits including walking, climbing, kayaking, sailing etc.  There are some areas of outstanding natural beauty. 

Applications to Broad Based Training should be made via the national recruitment portal Oriel.