There are a number of opportunities to undertake an Academic programme as shown on our Academic vacancies page.
The proper route is to apply for an Inter-deanery transfer (IDT) if you wish to continue your GP training elsewhere. However, if this is not appropriate, you are able to apply in open competition to another deanery. We only offer training programmes at ST1 entry level, so you would have to apply to a full three year programme. You must inform your current deanery that you are re-applying. If you have previously resigned or been released from a UK GP training programme, you may not be able to re-apply. See the National Person Specification and the Eligibility Requirements for more information.
All deaneries adhere to a national framework for handling complaints and appeals
The "online" GP Application Form is straightforward and only requires factual information. There are no “essay” type questions. It contains guidance and help text throughout. See our help page and read our guide to applying online
You will receive e-mails with full instructions on how to schedule an assessment place. More information about each assessment is available in the Applicants Guide.
If you are unable to attend either of the assessments your application cannot progress further. Key dates are published in advance and are available from the recruitment calendar. The Stage 2 assessment is now available over a number of days and may also be taken outside the UK in some cases. There are no alternative dates available. The Stage 3 (Selection Centre) dates will vary slightly between deaneries but will be held over a two week window. In extreme difficulties, please contact the NRO who may be able to arrange for you to be assessed by another deanery.
We provide a lot of information to help you choose which deaneries to preference. See Choosing a Deanery and Allocation to a deanery for Selection Centre in our Applicants guide. See the deanery profile pages and individual deanery web sites for more information about the geography and programmes on offer at each deanery.
We do not accept late applications under any circumstances. Key recruitment dates are available in our Recruitment Calendar. If training programmes remain we will advertise these in a second round and you can submit your application then.
We do not accept applications for a deferred start date. Start dates can be delayed in cases of illness or maternity only provided all eligibility requirements are already met.
All doctors should ensure their appearance does not impede with their professional roles and responsibilities. Additionally, the same dress code will apply for selection centre as it does for day to day clinical practice/contact with patients. Further information can be found in the Applicants Guide
The end point of GP specialty training is the MRCGP exam which consists of 3 components
More details of the examination can be found on the RCGP website www.rcgp.org.uk. Once you have successfully completed your training, you may apply to for a GP CCT which will allow you to work independently as a GP. See www.gmc-uk.org for more information regarding certification
For a full explanation of all the essential entry requirements see the Applicants Guide / Stage 1 eligibility requirements
If you have not completed a UK Foundation Programme, you will have to demonstrate achievement of foundation competence. For a full explanation see the Applicants guide / evidence of foundation competence
We do not allow you to indicate any special circumstances or geographical restrictions at the application stage. See the applicants guide / Choosing a Deanery and the applicants guide/Programme Allocation for more information.
For assistance you must go to our help page first. The NRO maintains this website to provide comprehensive 24 hour a day help and advice for applicants and the help page will guide you quickly to the answer to most problems. If you still need assistance you can contact us.
The national co-ordinated offer process allows candidates to accept, decline or hold any offers for specialty training. You may only hold ONE offer at a time. More information is available in our Applicants Guide and also on the MMC web site www.mmc.nhs.uk
Your GP application will only allow you to attach files of up to 1Mb. Some applicants struggle slightly with this limit so here are our top tips to get your document below the all important 1Mb threshold. How to scan and attach your FC evidence.
There may be a number of other reasons why you have problems logging on. Eg: The e-mail address you are using as your user name is not the same as the one you registered with. (This is why we ask you not to "cut and paste" your e-mail address when you initially register). Try using different spellings. Sometimes the e-mail extension you have used is different (.co.uk instead of .com). You can change your e-mail address once you have managed to log in. Only contact us if you have exhausted all possible variation. If you are certain that you have not already registered contact the NRO with full details. Someone else may have given an incorrect number.
Only completed applications can be submitted. The icon by the section headings on the left hand side menu of the screen will be displayed in green if that section is complete. Review each section again. The culprit is almost certainly to do with an incorrect date (see also "Why is my work not being saved"). If you are certain your application is fully complete, then please keep trying to submit. It may be that there is a lot of web traffic or that your connection is slow or has timed out.
Qualified GPs who are returning to work after a break and those granted a CEGPR are able to apply for an Induction & Refresher scheme. To apply for a scheme in England or Wales complete the I+R application form, available from our download section and submit it to the GP National Recruitment Office with the required supporting information. Applicants to the Returner Scheme in Scotland or for further information about this scheme in Scotland should apply to the administrator for their Local Performers’ List. Currently the scheme is not available in Northern Ireland.
If you are fully registered with the Irish Medical Council but are applying for a UK GP training specialty training programme, you will need to indicate that you are eligible for full UK GMC registration on the application form. You will be expected to provide evidence of your eligibility when you attend Selection Centre. You must hold full UK GMC registration and a licence to practice by the time you take up a GP speciality training programme.
Whilst the possibility of extending GP training to 4 or 5 years is being actively discussed, there are no definite plans for this to happen in the near future. Most deaneries in England, Northern Ireland and Wales will continue to offer standard 3 year GP training programmes in 2013. A few deaneries also offer some 4 year programmes where usually, but not always, the extra year is spent in a general practice or community setting. In Scotland there are a larger number of 4 year programmes with an extra year in relevant hospital posts, either in year one or year three. Please refer to individual deanery web sites for more information.
There is no facility to “link” specialty training applications with that of a spouse or partner. The NRO may be able to help if you are both applying to GP and are allocated to different deaneries. See Choosing a Deanery and Allocation to Stage 3 (Selection Centre) for more information
You will be locked out of your account if you enter an incorrect user-name or password 3 times or after 10 minutes or so of inactivity. Log out and close your internet browser, wait at least 20 minutes and then try again. If you cannot remember your password, use the “Forgotten Password” function BEFORE you get yourself locked out again! Your password will be sent automatically to the e-mail address you registered with.
Incomplete applications cannot be submitted. You may notice some questions appear to have been left unanswered when you view your application form from the candidate portal. These will be contextual questions that do not apply to you and these are identified with an asterisk (*). This will not affect the progress of your submitted application. If you are certain that you did enter responses which are not appearing in your view of the application form contact the NRO with full details so that we can investigate.
All deaneries operate the same national, standard selection process, so it is possible for candidates who are not made offers in the deanery where they attended Selection Centre to be considered at other deaneries if places remain elsewhere. See National Clearing in our Applicants Guide.
Deaneries welcome applications from suitably qualified doctors from overseas provided they meet the essential eligibility criteria including holding full UK GMC registration and evidence of achievement of foundation competence. Some applicants may be considered before others on the basis of immigration status in accordance with the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006. See Overseas doctors for more information about this.
You are required to provide 3 recent references from supervisors who can comment on your recent knowledge, skills and progress. Please see our Applicant Guide Stage 3 – (Selection Centre) for more information. If your referees have not submitted an on-line reference you should obtain the reference yourself and bring it with you to Selection Centre. The reference form is available in our download section.
General Practice has undertaken a long-term validation of its selection methods to ensure accuracy, fairness and cost effectiveness. We have published a summary of evidence that shows the national GP selection system is reliable, valid and fair. Evaluation from the candidate’s perspective (over N=6,000 each year) consistently demonstrates that applicants have confidence in the relevance and fairness of the GP recruitment and selection process.
If vacant GP training programmes remain after the first round of recruitment, we will run a second round. More information about Round 2 and who can apply is available in our Applicants Guide. Key dates relating to a second recruitment round (if required) are published on our Recruitment Calendar.
The score awarded at Stage 2 is be used to rank all applications and Selection Centre places are be allocated depending on rank and available places at each of your deanery choices. See Allocation to Stage 3. We also use the Stage 2 result to contribute towards your overall ranking after Stage 3 Selection Centre since some competences are only assessed at Stage 2. The Stage 2 assessment has been validated against the competency based written questions as well as against subsequent performance at interview and selection centre. The scoring and psychometric properties of previous Stage 2 papers are available for information from our Download section
You should NOT apply to a deanery with an expectation that you will be able to transfer to another deanery. The inter deanery transfer system is ONLY available for trainees whose circumstances change while in post. You can apply for an inter-deanery transfer after you have been in post for 12 months provided you can show that your personal circumstances have changed since appointment. However, inter-deanery transfers are only possible if the proposed deanery has a vacant slot that can accommodate your remaining training requirements. Not all approved transfers will actually be able to transfer. IDT requests should be made via your current deanery.
You are expected to attend the Stage 2 assessment at your nearest centre. Some deaneries may not reimburse travel expenses if you choose to travel further afield; some deaneries may not reimburse travel expenses to a centre in the town where you currently live or work and some may not reimburse travel expenses under a certain amount. Please refer to individual deanery web sites for more information. Deaneries will require you to download a claim form and to provide all receipts. There will be a time limit for submitting your claim. Applicants attending from overseas will only be reimbursed from point of entry into the UK.
You may be able to re-apply if there are any remaining vacancies in Round 2. You will be able to apply again for the next year’s intake. Previous assessments will not be taken into account and you will be required to re-take all necessary assessments. If you have satisfactorily demonstrated all the required competences at Stage 3 (Selection Centre) but are not offered a GP training programme, you will be considered for remaining programmes elsewhere through our local and national clearing processes. All applicants will receive feedback once all recruitment activity has been concluded.
The make-up of individual training programmes, including the specialities available and the length of time spent in general practice can vary from deanery to deanery. Information about training programmes is available on individual deanery web sites.
A copy of every e-mail we send you can be viewed from the "My Messages" option of your candidate portal. If you have registered you should have received an e-mail to confirm this and you should receive another e-mail once your application has been submitted. Check that the e-mail address you used to register is correct. Some e-mail programmes (particularly hotmail accounts) identify the e-mail we send you as "spam", so make sure you check your "junk" folder too. See also our Guide to applying online.
Incorrect dates will not save. Check that the dates you are entering are valid dates – remember, there is no 30 February, 31 April, 31 June, 31 September or 31 November. A start date that is later than the finish date in the Experience Section will not save. Check dates and if necessary remove all dates in this section and start again. Incomplete dates will not save. If you do not know or do not have the actual day (eg. for a qualification) you should enter 01 for the day and then enter the correct month and year. Incomplete pages and sections will not save. Check that you have answered all questions and have indicated the section as complete before you save. If your application has already been submitted, see "My submitted application is incomplete".
The opportunity to sit the stage 2 assessment outside of the UK will be available in 2013 for those working abroad during the Stage 2 assessment (5th – 12th January 2013). We can arrange assessments in Australia (Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney and Perth) New Zealand (Auckland only), South Africa (Johannesburg), UAE (Dubai) as well as in the USA, Canada, Hong Kong and Singapore. Other locations may be available upon request. Candidates working or based in Ireland, the Channel Islands, or the Isle of Man may be accommodated in a local test centre upon request subject to availability. Candidates working or based in Europe are expected to travel to the UK to attend the assessment. Overseas assessment places must be secured in advance. The number of places in some centres is limited and candidates are therefore advised to secure places as soon as possible. Please contact Victoria Johnson at the NRO – Victoria@gprecruitment.org.uk for more information and to reserve a place All applicants must attend Stage 3 (Selection Centre) in the UK at the appropriate time. There are no exceptions.