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Recruitment to GP Specialty Training  for ST1 to start in August 2019 - 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 2019 will be open from 7 November to 29 November 2018. Round 1 Re-advert will be open from 26 February to 14 March 2019 Please see GP NRO website for details of the recruitment timetable.

Selection Process

MSRA Assessment Window(Computer Based Test) -  3 - 14 January 2019 for Round One and 28 March to 1 April 2019 for Round One Re-advert

Selection Centre Window (Interviews) -  The national Selection Centre window is from 4 to 15 February 2019 for Round One and 16 to 18 April 2019 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 2019

We have vacancies at ST1 from August 2019 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. From August 2018, there will be the opportunity for trainees 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 a GP training practice in the Southampton area.

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 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, 19 October 2018. Please contact to request an application form.

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

Offer Details - Rounds One and Two (2019)

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Total number of posts 2019:

147 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.

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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