General Practice Recruitment

GP Specialty Training Programme
Entry into GP Specialty Training involves 3 stages of application:


  • Online application.  Your application will be longlisted against the essential eligibility criteria including recent achievement of foundation competences.
  • Shortlisting using an applied knowledge and situational judgement test to assess some of the competences required.  This test is delivered by computer at a number of venues across the UK.
  • A selection centre process which involves patient simulation and written exercises.

Please click here for a link to the National Recruitment website, where you can find further information and begin your application.

Process and Deadlines

Please click on the headings below for information on the process and deadlines at each stage of recruitment – please note dates may change due to future National updates to the GP Recruitment Process

Stage 1
GP Recruitment Process Venue, Date and Time
GP Recruitment National Advertisement Wednesday 31 October 2018
Applications open (10am, UK time) Wednesday 7 November 2018
Applications close (4pm, UK time) Thursday 29 November 2018 No late applications will be accepted

Specialty Recruitment Assessment (previously known as Stage 2)
GP Recruitment Process Venue, Date and Time
Specialty Recruitment Assessment invitations sent out No later than Tuesday 11 December 2018
Specialty Recruitment Assessment Assessment Window Thursday 3 January – Monday 14 January 2019

Selection Centre (previously known as Stage 3)

N.B.   All candidates applying to N. Ireland as First Choice Deanery.  We advise you to book your place early as the Selection Centre is open to all UK Deanery Applicants. Booking your place late may result in you having to travel to another UK deanery to attend a Selection Centre.

GP Recruitment Process Venue, Date and Time
Selection Centre – Invitations sent out Centrally No later than Friday 25 January 2019
Selection Centre National Dates

  • Selection Assessment Centre Dates for Northern Ireland
  • Venue: La Mon Hotel and Country Club, 41 Gransha Road, Belfast, BT23 5RF
Monday 4 February 2019 until Friday 15 February 2019

  • Thursday 14 February – Friday 15 February 2019
1st Offers Released
Candidates to be given 48 hrs to respond to an offer (inc weekends and bank holidays)
Tuesday 21 February 2019 (by 5pm)
Holding deadline (1pm, UK time) Friday 8 March 2019
Upgrading deadline (4pm UK Time) Friday 15 March 2019
Feedback to candidates Following completion of Round 2
GP ST3 Research Posts

Northern Ireland Medical & Dental Training Agency

The General Practice Academic Research Training Scheme (GPARTS) has been operating since 1999 and for most years during that time has provided an enhanced training opportunity for at least two GP trainees per year.

GPARTS is designed to provide GP Trainees with an opportunity to develop and nurture research skills in research relevant to General Practice & Primary Care alongside GP training. GPARTS is a fully funded 2 year supervised scheme in conjunction with GP Academics at Queen’s University Belfast (QUB). It provides a structured approach to research training and the GPART scheme prides itself on the development of a strong community of young researchers who support one another under the guidance of the GP Academics.  

The scheme is relevant to those interested in developing a clinical research career focussed on General Practice / Primary Care but is equally relevant to a host of future jobs in General Practice / Primary Care that will require a structured, systematic and critical approach.  

Nurturing capability, fostering critical thinking and inspiring leadership in research among future General Practitioners. 

To be a thriving centre for research expertise supporting a network of primary care communities conducting high-quality healthcare and educational research of relevance to general practice and of benefit of all. 

Clinically relevant
Scholarly Mutually-supportive

Please note GP Trainees Commencing their ST3 between 1st June 2019 and 31st May 2020 are eligible to apply for the GP Research Post

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