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General Practice Recruitment

Whether you are finishing your F2 training or coming home again after some time away, we have training programmes waiting for you to become a GP in Northern Ireland.



A team of GP Trainers, Programme Directors and dedicated administrators all form part of the support framework to allow GP Trainees in Northern Ireland to flourish. All GP Training opportunities are further supported through courses and study leave, enabling our Trainees to identify areas of special interest that they can develop in training and take forward in their future careers.

All information relating to Round 1 August 2024 recruitment can be found below.

All applications must be made via Oriel.
Please contact if you have any queries.

Watch the video below to find out why this is an exciting time to be training in General Practice in Northern Ireland:

Entry into GP Specialty Training currently involves 2 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.

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


GP Recruitment National Advertisement Wednesday 25 October 2023
Applications open (10am, UK time) Thursday 26 October 2023
Applications close (4pm, UK time) Thursday 23 November 2023 (No late applications will be accepted)

Specialty Recruitment Assessment invitations sent out Expected by 14 December 2023
Specialty Recruitment Assessment Assessment Window 4 – 16 January 2024, Pearson VUE Centres Nationwide

GP Recruitment Process Venue, Date and Time
1st Offers Released Candidates to be given 48 hrs to respond to an offer (inc weekends and bank holidays) Monday 4 March 2024
Holding deadline (1pm, UK time) Thursday 4 April 2024
Upgrading deadline (4pm UK Time) Tuesday 9 April 2024

Northern Ireland Medical & Dental Training Agency & GPARTS Scheme

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) and the School of Medicine at Ulster University (UU). 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.

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

Vision: 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.

Values: Community-focussed Patient-centred Clinically relevant Scholarly Mutually-supportive Collaborative Open Inclusive

Information for applicants from the EU

You will be aware that the UK is in the process of leaving the European Union.  This means freedom of movement will be affected after 31 December 2020.  However, the HSC will continue to welcome and value staff and trainees from Europe as it does the whole world.

The UK will have left the European Union on January 31 2021 and we are currently in the transition period until 31 December 2020 during which all EU law will still apply to the UK. EU citizens and their family members will be able to move to the UK until 2021, with the same rights to work and study freely. For EU citizens who live in the UK by 31 December 2020, you are eligible to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme.  All EU citizens who have lived in the UK for more than five years continuously will be eligible for ‘settled status’ (equivalent to indefinite leave to remain).  If you have lived in the UK for less than five years you will be eligible for ‘pre-settled status’ and can upgrade this to ‘settled status’ when you have been here for five years.  More information on the settlement scheme can be found here:

The UK is introducing a new points based immigration system from 1 January 2021.  If you intend to visit work or study in the UK from 1 January 2021 you can find out more information on what you need to do here