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GP Recruitment 2013/2014

Here are details on the GP recruitment process for 2013/2014.

 

GPST STAGE ONE - The Initial Application

The very first stage in the recruitment process for GP specialist training consists of an online application form. Used to assess    your eligibility in regards to the basic eligibility criteria as laid out by the NRO the form requires mainly personal, qualification and professional career information, as opposed to establishing your clinical competencies which is assessed in Stage 2. For the 2013 entry online applications be submitted from 12th November until 5th December and each applicant can apply only ONCE, indicating in preference order up to 4 Deaneries they would like to work for.


Application Criteria

2013/14  Applicants registering at this initial stage are assessed on the following eligibility criteria:

  • To hold a recognised primary medical qualification
  • To be fully registered with the UK GMC at the time of application OR be eligible for full UK GMC registration at time of application
  • Evidence of current employment in a UK Affiliated Foundation Programme OR evidence of achievement of Foundation Competencies within the last 3 years
  • To hold a current valid driving licence OR able to provide satisfactory alternative as a means of providing emergency and domiciliary care to fulfil the requirements of the post
  • Evidence of English Language Proficiency
  • To be able to legally work in the UK
  • To not have more than 18 months previous experience in a GP training programme

 


Applying to Deaneries

Due to the highly competitive nature of GP Specialist Training, choosing which deaneries to preference is a decision not to be taken lightly. Deaneries not only have differences in their available programmes, but also vastly differing competition ratios. The London area deaneries average 3.5 applicants to every vacancy, compared with 1.5 Applicants to each vacancy elsewhere, making it imperative applicants consider their own abilities in such a competitive environment, as well as geographical preferences. In round 2, applicant to vacancy ratios tend to be higher, with 2013 averaging 2.8 candidates per vacancy nationally.

Choosing your deaneries

Although as an applicant you can only make one GPST application, you get the opportunity to choose 4 deaneries whereby you would like to be based, and state them in preference order. Deaneries vary massively and as this is where you will work and be based for 3 years, it is important to make the right decisions at this part of the process. Factors such as geographical area, transport links, types of programmes offered, and Trusts in the deanery area, are all important considerations when choosing your preferences.

Competition ratios

Although we would like everyone to be able to have their preference deanery, GPST application is highly competitive, varying by geographical area. personal The following chart demonstrates the geographical differences in the competition ratios throughout the last few years of recruitment rounds.

Based upon first choice deanery preferences, the table clearly demonstrates London and Northern Ireland continue to remain the most competitive deaneries to apply for. However with Deanery areas being so large it is possible to make tactical applications by choosing a bordering area with schemes that are within your preference area; such as choosing KSS instead of London for a south London scheme.

 

Deanery

Round 1
Ratio 2010

Round 1
Ratio 2011

Round 1
Ratio 2012

Round 1
Ratio 2013

 

1.40

1.30

1.3

1.5

East of England

1.28

1.42

1.6

1.6

KSS

1.27

1.48

1.8

1.6

London

3.70

2.93

3.5

3.8

Mersey

1.40

1.04

1.9

1.1

Northern

1.56

1.29

1.3

1.0

N Ireland

2.92

2.88

2.8

2.6

Northwestern

1.87

1.70

1.6

1.6

Oxford

1.81

1.98

2.2

1.9

Scotland

1.28

1.48

1.4

1.4

Severn

1.60

1.97

1.9

2.1

SWP

1.33

1.49

1.7

1.4

Wales

1.20

1.55

1.5

1.5

Wessex

1.15

1.50

1.5

1.4

West Midlands

1.74

1.58

1.5

1.5

Yorkshire & Humber

1.4

1.4

1.7

1.6

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