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
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, with dates 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 2018 are:
Application closed on the 30th November 2017
SRA: 4th - 13th January 2018
Stage 3 selection centre - 5th - 16th February 2018
Job offers: 28th February 2018
Start date: 1st August 2018
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 2018 are:
Applications open 27th February, closing date 15th March 2018
SRA: 6th-10th April 2018
Stage 3 selection centre - 24th - 26th April 2018
Job offers: 28th April 2018
Start date: 1st August 2018
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 2018 are:
Applications open 31st July, closing date 16th August 2018
SRA: 6th-10th September 2018
Stage 3 selection centre - 25th - 27th September 2018
Job offers: 2nd October 2018
Start date: 6th February 2019
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: