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Recruitment Statistics

Statistics and Facts on Recruitment

Scotland has over 5800 training places across the country, in 293 programmes covering 63 specialties. We recruit doctors at all stages of their training on behalf of NHSScotland.

We publish our fill rate information annually including a narrative on what it means.


The Scottish Foundation School is the largest in the UK and recruits 849 medical graduates each year, mainly from Scotland's five medical schools.

Foundation training is the bridge between undergraduate and postgraduate training for doctors. After completing Foundation year 1, a doctor gains full GMC registration and is consdered able to practice independently as a doctor. After completing year 2, they are eligible to apply for specialty (consultant) or GP training.

Round 1 & Round 1 Readvert Specialties

After Foundation training, doctors enter the next stage which is early stages of specialty trianing, or GP training.

Core training is a broad based introduction to a number of specialties in surgery, medicine, anaesthetics /intensive care and mental health. 

Some specialties are focused from the start, for example paediatrics and diagnostic sprecialties like radiology. This means doctors enter this specialty right after foundation.

GP training is also entered right after foundation and takes 3-4 years. Doctors spend half the time in a practice and half in hospitals learning about specialties such as Geriatrics, Medicine, Paediatrics and Psychiatry.

Round 2 and Round 3 (Round 2 Readvert) Specialties

Round 2 recruits the higher specialty posts with an August start date. After completing core training doctors choose a further specialty to complete their training in, to then become a consultant within that specialty.

Round 2 Readvert can recruit to any level for a February start date. Please note that from 2021 Round 2 Readvert will be named Round 3.


FY1 Doctor in first year of training after graduating from medical school. Has restricted GMC registration and has to be supervised to do tasks, is unable to carry out certain tasks eg death certification

FY2 Doctor in second year of foundation training, has full GMC registration.

ST or CT1 Doctor in first year of specialty or core training. Specialty training can take up to 8 years, so an ST7 is a trainee almost at the end of their training to be a consultant.

ST3 or ST4 is the level that most higher specialties recruit to, after completion of core training.


2023 Recruitment Data


2022 Recruitment Data


2021 Recruitment Data


2020 Recruitment Data


2019 Recruitment Data