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Recruitment to GP Specialty Training  for ST1 to start in August 2017 - Round One - Re-Advert


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Round One - Re-Advert applications for GP Recruitment for August 2017 are open from 28 February to 16 March 2017.

Recruitment to general practice training programmes is through the Oriel on-line application process, managed by the National Recruitment Office for General Practice Training   All information about applying for GP training is available on their website.


Selection Process

SRA (Computer Based Test) - to be held on 31 March - 4 April 2017.

Selection Centre (interview) window - 19 to 25 April 2017. Details of all national Selection Centre venues are published on the National Recruitment Office website.

GP Training in Health Education England - Wessex


Additional local programme information can be found on our Patch Office websites.

If you have any queries about GP training in Health Education England, Wessex (Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Dorset and South Wiltshire), please email

General information and policies about specialty recruitment in the HEE Wessex local office are available under Core and Specialty recruitment. 

Vacancies for 2017

We have vacancies  at ST1 from August 2017 on a number of training programmes across Hampshire, Dorset and South Wiltshire including Basingstoke, Bournemouth, Dorchester, Isle of Wight, Poole, Portsmouth, Salisbury, Southampton with Jersey (consisting of ST1 on the island of Jersey and ST2 and ST3 in the Southampton area) and Winchester.

Trainees appointed to the Isle of Wight GP training programme will be offered a one off payment of £20,000 under the Targeted Enhanced Recruitment Scheme (TERS). Further details are on the GP National Recruitment Office website.

There are also some options where trainees spend the ST1 year of their programme in the Southampton area and the ST2 and ST3 years of their training in either Dorset (Southampton with Dorset), Portsmouth (Southampton with East Hampshire), or Mid-Wessex (Southampton with North Hampshire). 

This may be subject to change.

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Opportunities in Wessex

Wessex provides opportunities to take breaks (OOPE) from training to experience GP in other countries, with strong links to New Zealand. There are also opportunities to participate in the "improving Global Health through Leadership Development programme" with overseas placements working on projects in Cambodia, South Africa and Zambia.

Global Health Fellowships (GHF)

Health Education England, Wessex are offering ten Global Health Fellowships in 2017 with vacancies at ST1 in Bournemouth, Dorchester Portsmouth and Southampton. Successful applicants will have a year's out of programme experience between the second and third years of the GP training programme working in a hospital in rural South Africa.

Applicants must apply for GHF posts on Oriel via the GPNRO; simultaneously, applicants must also submit a separate national clinical  ST1 application on Oriel for GP specialty training via the GPNRO. Applicants for GHF will attend a separate interview in addition to the usual Specialty Recruitment Assessment and Selection Centre.

Global Health Fellowship interviews for applicants to Wessex will be held on Thursday 2 February 2017 in Bournemouth.

Details of GHF are on the Global Health pages of the GP National Recruitment Office website.


Deferred Start to GP training

Applicants will able to apply for a deferred start to their GP training programme for non-statutory reasons. Deferral requests can be for a maximum of 12 months, but not normally for a period of less than three months.

Candidates appointed to Wessex from Round One Re-Advert and  who wish to defer the start date of their training must submit their application no later than Friday, 21 May 2017.

Frequently Asked Questions and Health Education England policy are available on the GP National Recruitment Office website

Offer Details - Rounds One and Two (2017)

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Total number of posts 2017:

139 GP ST1

1 GP Academic Clinical Fellow ST1

10 GP Global Health Fellows ST1

Training Programmes:
 Basingstoke, Bournemouth, Dorchester, Isle of Wight, Poole, Portsmouth, Salisbury, Southampton, Southampton with Jersey, Southampton with Dorset, Southampton with North Hampshire, Southampton with East Hampshire, Winchester.

Successful candidates will be asked to rank available programmes on Oriel in order of preference. Allocations to a training programme will be made on the basis of candidates' Selection Centre scores and their preferences. Individual allocations to available rotations will be made by the local Programme Directors once an offer has been accepted.

Sample rotations: The ST1 and ST2 years will consist of 18 months hospital posts and six months in General Practice and the whole of the ST3 year is in General Practice. Sample rotations are:

  •        6m Obstetrics and Gynaecology; 6m Psychiatry; 6m GP; 6m General Medicine; 12m GP
  •        6m Emergency Medicine; 6m GP; 6m Paediatrics; 6m Elderly Care; 12m GP.


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It is the policy of the HEE Wessex local office to write to the candidate’s referees and to the GMC Fitness to Practise Panel if acceptance for training is withdrawn without good reason less than four weeks before the post start date in August.

 In a number of cases that have been referred, the GMC have issued a formal warning to the doctor

 This conduct does not meet the standards required of a doctor. It risks bringing the profession into disrepute and must not be repeated. The required standards are set out in Good Medical Practice and associated guidance. In this case, paragraph 49 of Good Medical practice is particularly relevant: ‘Patient care may be compromised if there is not sufficient medical cover. Therefore, you must take up any post, including a locum post, you have formally accepted, and you must work your contractual notice period, unless your employer has reasonable time to make other arrangements’.

Whilst this failing in itself is not so serious as to require any restriction on registration, it is necessary in response to issue a formal warning

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