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Deferment

Deferment to GP ST1 training in the UK is different in each country and is detailed below.

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 12 months and will be able to “bank” their accepted GP training programme.

Applicants who will require a Tier 2 Visa to undertake a GP training programme should seek immigration advice to ensure they are eligible for deferment.


England

Applicants will be eligible to apply for a deferred start to their GP training programme in England if they are successful at GP recruitment and are offered a place on a training programme.

Deferral requests can be for a maximum of 12 months, but not normally for a period of less than 3 months, with an obligation to return to the programme offer accepted at the end of the deferral period.

Applications for deferrals must be made within 2 weeks of acceptance of the GP programme offer (i.e. when the trainee is informed of their initial placement). Applicants wishing to apply for a deferral should put a request in writing to the GP Director in the area in which they will be working. The local GP recruitment team will be able to assist with contact details. Contact details for your local GP recruitment team can be found on the Recruitment Leads and Programme Details page.

To view the full Step on Step Off Policy for GP training in England, and the associated FAQ’s, please visit the Resource Bank.


Scotland

To view the full Step on Step Off Policy for GP training in Scotland, and the associated FAQ’s, please visit the Resource Bank.


Wales

To view the full Step on Step Off Policy for GP training in Wales, and the associated FAQ’s, please visit the Resource Bank.


Northern Ireland

Applicants can only defer the start of a training programme on statutory grounds such as ill health or maternity leave.