General Practice Recruitment

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


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. (Due to COVID-19 restrictions this will not take place for Round 1 August 2021 intake)

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 Monday 2 November 2020
Applications open (10am, UK time) Thursday 5 November 2020
Applications close (4pm, UK time) Tuesday 1 December 2020 (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 TBC
Specialty Recruitment Assessment Assessment Window TBC
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 Due to COVID-19 restrictions this will not take place for Round 1 August 2021 intake
Selection Centre National Dates  Due to COVID-19 restrictions this will not take place for Round 1 August 2021 intake
1st Offers Released Candidates to be given 48 hrs to respond to an offer (inc weekends and bank holidays) TBC
Holding deadline (1pm, UK time) Friday 16 April 2021
Upgrading deadline (4pm UK Time) Friday 19 April 2021
Feedback to candidates Following completion of Round 2
GP ST3 Research Posts

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). 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

Please note GP Trainees Commencing their ST3 between 1st June 2021 and 31st May 2022 are eligible to apply for the GP Research Post

Right to work in the UK

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

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