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Recruitment to GP Specialty Training  for ST1 to start in August 2020 - Round One and Round One Re-advert


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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.

Round One applications for GP Recruitment for August 2020 will be open from 7 November to 28 November 2019.

Round 1 Re-advert will be open from 25 February to 12 March 2020. 

Please see GP NRO website for details of the recruitment timetable.

Selection Process

MSRA Assessment Window (Computer Based Test)3 - 11 January 2020 for Round One and 26 March to 30 March 2020 for Round One Re-advert

Selection Centre Window (Interviews) -  The national Selection Centre window is from 3 to 14 February 2020 for Round One and 21 - 23 April 2020 for Round One Re-advert. 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 HEE Wessex (Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Dorset and South Wiltshire), please email

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

Vacancies for 2020

We have vacancies at ST1 from August 2020 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, Southampton with Solent and the New Forest, and Winchester.

The Southampton with Jersey programme consists of the first year in hospital posts on Jersey in the Channel Islands, followed by two years in hospital and general practice placements in the Southampton programme area on the mainland. Trainees will also have the opportunity to stay on Jersey for the second year of their training programme with a further six month hospital post and six months in a GP surgery on Jersey. The ST3 year will be in an NHS GP training practice in the Southampton area.

New programmes for 2020

Southern Hampshire Community Programme (Gosport area) and West Dorset Community Programme (Dorchester area)

Wessex is introducing two exciting new community-based schemes in 2020. All posts in these programmes will be based around a small geographical area. This will enable trainees to work in the same location throughout their training and establish strong links with the local community. This may be with a view to continuing to work in the same teams after completing training. There will be opportunities to explore leadership roles within these networks and support the development of diverse primary care services.

Targeted Enhanced Recruitment Scheme

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.


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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.

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 either 6 or 12 months. Frequently Asked Questions and Health Education England policy are available on the GP National Recruitment Office website

Offer Details - Rounds One and Two (2020)

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Total number of posts 2020:

161 GP ST1

1 GP Academic Clinical Fellow ST1

Training Programmes: Basingstoke, Bournemouth, Dorchester, Isle of Wight, Poole, Portsmouth, Salisbury, Southampton, Southampton with Jersey, 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' overall recruitment scores and their preferences. Individual allocations to available rotations will be made by the local Programme Directors once an offer has been accepted.


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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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