GP ST Recruitment

GP Training in Wales consistently receives excellent feedback in annual GMC trainee surveys in terms of overall satisfaction with training and quality of clinical and educational supervision.  For more information go to the GMC website.

As part of the NHS Wales recruitment campaign 'This is Wales - TrainWorkLive' doctors training in Wales will get to choose from dozens of flexible, high quality specialty training programmes and receive high quality ongoing support.

Financial Incentives

Doctors who have started or are due to start their first post of their GP training in Wales in 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 and February 2021:

  • will have their first AKT and CSA examination fees paid for by the Welsh Government,
  • will be eligible for a targeted incentive if they choose to train in the following schemes: Aberystwyth, Bangor, Dyffryn Clwyd, Pembrokeshire and Wrexham.  (GP trainees who commit to undertake their ST3 year in a training practice in Powys will also be eligible for this incentive). 

Further information about these incentives can be found in the FAQs.

To apply for GP Specialty Training please visit

Posts and Programmes Available for Round 2 Recruitment Round Commencing February 2020




 Health Board

 No. of Vacancies


West Wales

 Hywel Dda



South Wales

Cardiff & Vale University



South West Wales

Hywel Dda


 Dyffryn Clwyd

North Wales

Betsi Cadwaladr university


Glamorgan Valleys

South Wales

 Cwm Taf



South East Wales

Aneurin Bevan Powys Teaching


Neath Port Talbot

South West Wales

Abertawe Bro Morgannwg



South West Wales

Hywel Dda


Wrexham  North Wales Betsi Cadwaladr university 1

GP specialty training in Wales consists of a mixture of approved hospital and general practice posts that meet regulatory requirements


*Number of vacancies is provisional and subject to change


GP Specialty Training Schemes

There are 12 schemes to choose from for your GP Training. All of our schemes offer something different which enables us to cater for every need while training with us. You can find out more about the GP specialty schemes here.

For each scheme in Wales, there are two Programme Directors (PDs) that support and organise the training. They offer support and guidance and are an important element to the delivery of GP Training in Wales. Contact details for Programme Directors can be found under contacts

Hospital Posts for GP Training

Wales offers their trainees in hospital posts a wide range of specialties, ranging from Paediatrics to Obstetrics and Gynaecology, from Mental Illness to ENT. By undertaking these hospital posts at the beginning of their training programme, trainees ensure that they have undertaken approved posts which will count towards their GP training.

General Practice Posts

In Wales, we offer a wide range of GP practices for our trainees to undertake their GP posts. We have a number of training practices in and around the major cities in Wales which have an urban patient population. This is in contrast with some training practices scattered across North and West Wales which have a predominantly rural patient population. In between both of these we have training practices in and around Mid Wales which have a semi-rural patient population. These approved training environments allow our trainees to develop the necessary skills while being supervised by an Educational Supervisor (see below).

Here is an example of a working week for trainees in a General Practice post. As you can see we encourage our trainees to develop themselves during their GP placement by providing them with the flexibility to attend Half Day Release (HDR) and an educational session.

For the purposes of this example one session equates to 4 hours and a full-time working week comprises 10 sessions, which equates to 40 hours per week plus Out of Hours (OOH) work whilst in ST2 and ST3.

Full-time trainees are expected to undertake:

  • 7 clinical sessions in the practice
  • 1 session to attend the specialty training HDR.
  • 1 flexible planned educational session
  • 1 tutorial session

The timetable will vary according to local arrangements e.g. full-day HDR, but it is important trainees get sufficient clinical experience. Although a session should be 4 hours it is recognised that some sessions may be longer while others shorter, but the overall full-time working week should be 40 hours plus OOH.

Half Day Release

Each annual intake of GP trainees forms its own year group. This is maintained throughout the training programme and during this period the scheme organises a half-day release course. Great importance is laid on the fact that group discussion amongst peers is a powerful learning tool. At the beginning of the scheme, our dedicated Programme Directors provide the trainees on their scheme with an induction to quickly develop group cohesiveness and an understanding of the scope of GP training in leadership, teamwork and self awareness terms.

Topics are flexible at these sessions and trainees are expected to contribute regularly. Feedback from trainees provides an important tool for changing and developing the programme. In addition to being an important component of learning on the scheme, each year group also acts as both a social and support network.

Find out more about GP Training Schemes in Wales

Academic Training Opportunities for GP trainees in the Wales Deanery

Each Spring, current GP ST2s in Wales have the opportunity to apply for the GP Specialty Academic Trainee Scheme (GPSAT). For further information about this please email

Global Health Fellowship

Global Health Fellowships (GHF) enable GP trainees in Wales to work overseas in a resource poor rural South African community for twelve months between ST2 and ST3 as part of a four year Global Health and GP training programme. Deployment overseas is taken as Time out of Programme Experience (OOPE).   A UK equivalent salary is paid by the South African Government.

Trainees will be offered the opportunity to apply for a GHF during their ST1 year. Some GHF posts, depending on location, may be competitive.  Trainees will need to receive an Outcome 1 in their ARCP prior to the placement. 

Under the scheme, the GP training programme duration will be extended by 12 months.

The scheme is run through Africa Health Placements (AHP) and will be paid broadly equivalent to an NHS salary. Successful GHF candidates will rotate through bespoke hospital posts, such as obstetrics & gynaecology, paediatrics and emergency medicine. All successfully appointed candidates will return to a guaranteed ST3 post to complete GP training.

For further information please contact:

Ian Happs - North Wales

Alistair Bennett - South Wales

Gordon Lewis - Global Health Lead for all Wales

Additional Information for Fellowships

Global Health Trainees will be expected to keep a reflective diary and complete an audit or simple project during their OOPE placement with AHP in South Africa. There will be no formal assessment of competencies, and although the e-portfolio does not need to be completed, trainees will be encouraged to reflect on their learning activities. All Global Health Fellows will be offered an individual debrief on return to the UK.

Global Health Fellows will be assigned a mentor and expected to attend GH educational events during ST1, ST2 and ST3.

Applicants with Primary Medical Degrees from outside the UK may not be eligible for registration with the HPCSA (South African GMC) and will need to check their own eligibility before applying

Applicants who will hold a Tier 2 Visa at the time of departure should seek advice from the appropriate governmental department ahead of application to ensure they are eligible to apply and understand any restrictions that may occur from being outside of the United Kingdom for 12 months.


Related downloads: 
PDF icon financial_incentives.pdf231.81 KB
Back to top