Summary of Recent Changes to the GP Recruitment Process

Choosing GP as your career is now easier than ever. Starting from this year’s recruitment round (2016/17), nine new initiatives will be introduced to the recruitment process to give you greater flexibility and will streamline the process to becoming a GP.

The new processes include a direct pathway from the Specialty Recruitment Assessment (SRA) to Selection Centre for high scoring applicants; specifying more detailed geographical preferences at Round 1 and redefined deferment options. Giving you more chance of becoming a GP in your chosen location.

Short descriptions of each of the changes can be found below. For more detailed information view the full applicant guidance document.

1. Direct Pathway Trialled

A new recruitment process for high scoring applicants at the Specialty Recruitment Assessment (SRA) (competency assessment) has been introduced. This new direct pathway will enable applicants to move directly to the “offer” stage, without needing to Selection Centre. For the trial, all applicants receiving a score of 575 from SRA will qualify for this new, streamlined route.

Detailed modelling work and analysis of previous recruitment rounds in 2014 and 2015 showed that 100% of applicants who would have qualified for this streamlined route would have been deemed appointable at the stage 3 selection centre.

Applicants who score 575 or more at SRA will be ranked first, before those who were deemed appointable via the Selection Centre – increasing your chance of receiving your training position in your first choice of location.

2. Twice Yearly Recruitment

From 2016 there will be two planned rounds of GP recruitment, for programmes to commence in August and February each year. The first February intake will be in 2017.

3. Deferment

Non-statutory deferment to GP ST1 training in the UK is different in each country. Guidance on the process can now be found on the dedicated Deferment page.

4. Geographical Preferences

Based on applicant feedback for 2016 recruitment applicants will be able to preference at a more detailed geographical level during Round 1. This will allow applicants to preference at GP Programme level e.g. Coventry and Warwickshire or Birmingham rather than the West Midlands.

5. Transferable score

The score applicants receive via the recruitment process will now be a UK rank rather than specific to the HEE Local Office/Deanery the applicant undertook the selection centre. This will allow applicants to preference locations in a joining HEE Local Office/Deaneries and will mean applicants will not need to go into clearing.

6. Foundation Competency

Applicants will have increased time to prove foundation competency for the 2017 recruitment round. Applicants in Round 1 will have until the 28 April 2017 to prove foundation competency, which has increased from the application deadline in previous years. Applicants who fail to submit the correct paperwork by the new deadline will have their offer for ST1 training retracted.

7. General Practice Foundation Year 2

Applicants who unable to demonstrate foundation competency during the recruitment round will be offered an opportunity to apply for GP Foundation posts. These programmes will be either six or twelve months in length, will provide exposure to primary care and will provide successful applicants with an “Alternative Certificate to Foundation Competence”.

8. Pre-Specialty Training GP

Unsuccessful applicants in GP selection will be offered Pre-Specialty training in GP. This scheme will give NHS experience to applicants who hold foundation competency and provide an insight in GP training. Over the course of 6 months they will be given support and experience to enable them to make a successful GP application in the future.

9. Global Health Programmes

Applicants appointed to ST1 level will be invited to apply for overseas experience placements as part of their GP training.

Global Health Fellowships enable successful applicants to work overseas in a resource poor rural South African community for twelve months between ST2 and ST3 as part of a four year Global Health and GP training programme. Deployment overseas is taken a Time out of Programme Experience (OOPE) A UK equivalent salary is paid by the South African Government.

This option is available in many HEE Local Offices and Wales and further details are contained on the Global Health Fellowship page.

Under the scheme, GP training programme duration will be extended by 12 months, unless applicants are also attending the Diploma in Tropical Medicine (TM&H) course, when it will be extended by 15 months.

The scheme is run through Africa Health Placements (AHP) and will be paid broadly equivalent to an NHS salary. Successful Global Health candidates will rotate through bespoke hospital posts, such as obstetrics & gynaecology, paediatrics and emergency medicine. All successfully appointed candidates will return to a guaranteed ST3 post to complete GP training.