From 2017, England and Wales have introduced formalised processes to assist applicants to train in desired locations of the country.
6.1 Special Circumstances
To ensure that applicants with special circumstances and a requirement to train in a particular location are treated in a fair and consistent way, those applicants wishing to be considered for special circumstances pre allocation should ensure that they state this on their application form. If this applies to you, you will need to submit supporting evidence directly to GPNRO, by email, as soon as your application has been submitted electronically. Requests for consideration of special circumstances submitted in any other way will not be accepted.
It is important that you review the relevant section in the 2017 Medical Specialty Recruitment Applicant Handbook (pages 20-21) for details on the eligibility criteria and administrative process.
6.2 Facilitated Placements
This process aims to offer solutions to applicants who have been allocated to different regions to their partner or family.
The process is open to all applicants, except for those who are applying to academic posts, locally recruited posts or those looking to move into or out of Northern Ireland, who are not participating in the initiative.
Note: Applicants deferring their commencement in training will not be permitted to apply for a facilitated placement.
It is important that you review the relevant section in the 2017 Medical Specialty Recruitment Applicant Handbook (pages 22-24) for details on the eligibility criteria and administrative process.
6.3 Step On, Step Off (SST) Policy
Deferment to GP ST1 training in the UK is different in each country and is detailed on GPNRO website.
Applicants who wish defer will need to highlight this in their application and will be required to undertake the full selection process. Successful applicants will be able to defer for up to 12 months and will be able to “bank” their accepted GP training programme.
Applicants who will require a Tier 2 Visa to undertake GP training should seek immigration advice to ensure they are eligible for deferment.
6.4 Adjustments under the Equality Act 2010
All HEE Local Offices and Deaneries are aware of the requirements of the Equality Act 2010 and in this regard will make reasonable adjustments to accommodate applicants at the assessment and selection centres provided these are made known in advance. Applicants who require adjustments (e.g. wheelchair access, extra time, nursing mothers) must inform their first preference HEE Local Office or Deanery of any special requirements, evidenced by supporting documentation, at the earliest possible opportunity and by no later than the application closing date. Adjustments cannot be guaranteed if contact is made after the specified deadline and no adjustments can be made on the day of the assessment.
In some instances, in order to satisfy requests for adjustments, it may be necessary to schedule an Assessment/Selection Centre place at a specific time or a specific location.