Statutory Deferred Entry

UK applicants can defer the start of their ST1 programme on statutory grounds such as personal ill health or maternity/paternity/adoption leave in line with the Reference Guide for Postgraduate Specialty Training in the UK (The Gold Guide, 7th Ed.).

Non-statutory Deferred Entry

Successful applicants appointed to England, Scotland or Wales are eligible to defer entry to GP training on non-statutory grounds for up to 12 months; non-statutory deferment is not permitted in Northern Ireland.

Non-statutory deferment is different in England, Scotland and Wales and applicants who wish to defer on such grounds will need to read the appropriate Step-off Step-on policy to understand the processes and timescales for requesting deferred entry and action accordingly.

All non-statutory deferment requests are subject to consideration and approval from the local training region, not the GPNRO, and all decisions will be taken by the local training region in alignment with their local policy and workforce demand. It should be noted that as non-statutory deferments are not an entitlement, approval of requests cannot be guaranteed.

Deferred Entry for Applicants Requiring Tier 2 Sponsorship

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