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.

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 30 October 2019
Applications open (10am, UK time) Thursday 7 November 2018
Applications close (4pm, UK time) Thursday 28 November 2019 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 17 December 2019
Specialty Recruitment Assessment Assessment Window Thursday 2 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 24 January 2020
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 3 February 2020 until Friday 14 February 2020

  • Thursday 13 February – Friday 14 February 2019
1st Offers Released Candidates to be given 48 hrs to respond to an offer (inc weekends and bank holidays) Tuesday 20 February 2020 (by 5pm)
Holding deadline (1pm, UK time) Friday 13 March 2020
Upgrading deadline (4pm UK Time) Friday 20 March 2020
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

  • Timeline for GP Research ST3 Application Process

    2019 Application Time Line 41.51 KB 14 downloads

  • The Department of General Practice Queen’s University, Belfast  website (click here)
  • Background Regarding GP Research ST3 Post
  • Essential Entry Criteria
  • Application Form

    Application Form 2019 608.50 KB 7 downloads


Please note GP Trainees Commencing their ST3 between 1st June 2019 and 31st May 2020 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.  However, the HSC will continue to welcome and value staff and trainees from Europe as it does the whole world. From 30 March 2019 the UK will have left the European Union. If an agreement is reached with the EU, then EU citizens and their family members will be able to move to the UK until 2021 on the same basis as you could do today, with the same rights to work and study freely, as you currently do. For EU citizens who already live in the UK, 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.  As the Prime Minister announced on 21 January, this process will be free to all from 30 March 2019. Any payment made for an application before this date will be refunded. More information on the settlement scheme can be found here: In the event that an agreement is not reached, there will be a transition period once free movement ends and before the UK’s new immigration system begins in 2021. During this transition period, newly arriving EU citizens will still be able to enter the UK as they do now for an initial stay of up to three months and will be able to visit, work or study without applying for a visa, but they will not be eligible to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme.  If you want to stay in the UK for longer than three months, you can apply from within the UK for ‘European Temporary Leave to Remain’, which will be granted for a further 36 months, subject to identity, criminality and security checks. More information will be available soon on the process to register and how the UK’s Future Immigration System will work.  To keep up to date, please regularly visit 

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