The process of applying to GP comprises the following stages:
Stage 1: Longlisting is based on the submission of your application via Oriel. To be longlisted, you need to meet the eligibility criteria. The main ones are:
- Eligible for full registration with the GMC + license to practice by the time you start
- 2 years clinical experience by the time you start training (can be in any country) - e.g. FY1 and FY2, or internship + 1 year at SHO/F2 level
- Evidence of Foundation Year 2 competences (either via the Foundation programme or using the Alternative certificate).
Read the FULL eligibility critera in the National Person Specification from the National Recruitment Office site.
Stage 2: Specialty Recruitment Assessment (SRA / MSRA) is a computer based exam comprising both clinical and professional dilemma multiple choice questions.
- Professional dilemma paper - 58 Situational Judgement Test questions in 110 minutes
- Clinical problem solving paper - 97 clinical questions in 75 minutes You can read more about this paper and how to prepare for it in this article on the SRA.
Candidates will be shortlisted to Stage 3 based on how they score in the SRA - the application, past experience, additional qualifications are not considered. If you score 575+ combined, you will be exempt the next stage and given a direct offer. This score is set to include the top 10% of the cohort.
Stage 3: Selection Centre involves 3 simulated consultations (1 with a simulated patient, 1 with a relative or carer and 1 with a colleague) lasting 10 minutes each and a written prioritisation exercise (essay style question) lasting 30 minutes. You can read more about Stage 3 in this article.
There are three rounds of recruitment each year for GP training - Round 1, Round 1 re-advert, and Round 2.
The next round accepting applications is Round 1 re-advert 2019 - please see below for dates.
The 3 rounds are as follows:
Round 1 – applications open in autumn/winter (November/December) for jobs starting the following August. The SRA is usually first week of January, with the Selection Centre taking place in the first 2 weeks of February.
Exact dates for Round 1 2019 are:
Apply from: 7th November 2018, closing date 29th November 2018
SRA: 3rd - 14th January 2019, Results by 25th January 2019
Stage 3 selection centre - 4th - 15th February 2019
Job offers: 21st February 2019
Start date: 7th August 2019
Round 1 Re-advert – applications open in the spring (Feb / March) for jobs starting in August the same year. The SRA is usually in April with the Selection Centre in early May. This used to be known as Round 2.
Exact dates for Round 1 re-advert 2019 are:
Applications open 26th February, closing date 14th March 2019
SRA: 28th March - 1st April 2019, Results by 8th April 2019
Stage 3 selection centre - 16th - 18th April 2019
Job offers: 25th April 2019
Start date: 7th August 2019
Round 2 – applications open in August for jobs starting the following February. The SRA is in mid-September and the Selection Centre about 2 weeks later. This was previously known as Round 3.
Exact dates for Round 2 2019 are:
Applications open 30th July 2019, closing date 15th August 2019
SRA: 5th-9th September 2019
Stage 3 selection centre - 24th - 26th September 2019
Job offers: 1st October 2019
Start date: 5th February 2020
Jobs that are unfilled from Round 1 are available in Round 1 Re-advert for both new applicants and those who applied in Round 1 but were unsuccessful. All jobs start in August. The jobs available in Round 2 are jobs unfilled by the previous two rounds of recruitment - jobs start in February - there are usually limited jobs in this round, and some areas will not have any posts at all as they will have been filled already.
Comprehensive preparation for GPST Entry: