General Practice Training Recruitment

To speak to our GP recruitment team, please email medicalrecruitment.em@hee.nhs.uk or alternatively phone: 0300 303 3603. To speak to the National Recruitment office, please submit a query via their website.

Where possible our aim is to give all trainees their first choice of locality programme, accommodate couples by placing them together and take into account other factors such as geography, health, family etc. 

However, at this stage of the recruitment process we also need to bear in mind other factors including the needs of the local population, patient safety and also the mix of trainees in any one programme.  So, it is possible that we may have to allocate successful candidates to a secondary choice of programme area.  

We also offer a chance for trainees to go out of programme to South Africa, improved access to GP teaching when in hospital placements and to increase the opportunities to undertake Innovative Training Placements (ITPs) in the ST2 year. 

Upon completing your General Practice training, there will also be the opportunity to undertake post CCT fellowships in areas such as palliative care, psychiatry and public health.

As a GP specialty trainee you will be assigned to one of our wide variety of placements ranging from inner city, ethnically diverse, practices through to leafy suburban and charming rural settings. We have a diverse and experienced training team who, with our varied half and whole day release programmes are able to help you to develop not only the skills you need to pass the examinations but also an excellent grounding to launch you into the challenging and complex world of primary care.

This year we have some exciting new projects to offer. The first is based around a large health centre where a different style of programme delivery will address even more closely your individual learning needs, while incorporating input from a diverse range of teachers.In addition we are looking to recruit a small group of trainees who, through a 4 year programme, will be able to develop skills in clinical teaching in addition to completing their GP training.

The East Midlands is the ideal place to undertake your GP training. Not only do you have a wide range of programmes to choose from but you're also in a vibrant and thriving region with world-class sport, art, drama and music. And, it is just 90 minutes from London.

Our programmes give you an initial 20 months in a variety or urban and rural practices, meaning you benefit from more GP time than elsewhere in the country. And, because of the unique geography of the reason, you won't have far to travel to each of your placements.

"I have thoroughly enjoyed my time in the East Midlands, having had a wide range of clinical experiences, networking with many influential people as well as taking part in opportunities such as the GP annual conference in Liverpool." - Pritesh Mistry, GP Trainee

More choice and more high quality GP programmes for you to choose from

Our aim is to give you as much choice as possible. For example, when you apply to develop your GP career in the East Midlands we aim to ensure you're placed in your first choice of location. You can find out more about these locations below.

A diverse and experienced training team will help you to develop not only the skills you need to pass the examinations but also give you an excellent grounding to launch you into the challenging and complex world of primary care. A varied half and whole day release programme also supports your development.

You will also benefit from improved access to GP teaching when in hospital placements and from increased opportunities to undertake Innovative Training Placements (ITPs) in the ST2 year. You'll even have the chance to go out of programme to South Africa.

And, once you've completed your General Practice training, you will also have the opportunity to undertake post CCT fellowships in areas such as palliative care, psychiatry, medical education and public health.

Train in some of the most vibrant and beautiful areas in the UK

The East Midlands is a vibrant and diverse region offering everything from two of England's top ten cities to some of the most beautiful rural locations in the country.

As a GP specialty trainee you will be assigned to one of the wide variety of placements in the region. These range from ethnically diverse, inner city practices through to leafy suburban and charming rural settings across the region. Choose from programmes in:

  • Chesterfield - Just 12 minutes by rail from Sheffield, this charming town is home to one of the biggest open-air markets in Britain. Famed for its crooked spire it is also on the doorstep of the Peak District, the UK's first National Park
  • Derby - England's most central city is undergoing a £2 billion transformation. With dozens of beautiful public parks, a brand new retail centre and a surprising variety of film, drama, art and dance venues, it is one of the cultural hubs of the East Midlands
  • Leicestershire - This diverse and vibrant county offers everything from top-class rugby union to the biggest Diwali celebrations outside India. Just 67 minutes from London by train, Leicester is the home of King Richard III and the county boasts the National Space Centre and the UK's only double-track heritage railway
  • Lincolnshire - Coastlines and countryside are never far away and the delightful market town of Boston and the Roman city of Lincoln are well worth a visit. Lincoln Cathedral is one of the finest buildings in the world and the county was named third in the world's "20 Hottest Holiday Destinations of 2015" by a leading Sunday newspaper
  • Northamptonshire - Explore the network of canals that run through the county, enjoy the thrill of the British Grand Prix or visit the historic Rockingham Castle. Northampton is just 46 minutes from London by rail and boasts one of the oldest market squares in England and 170 parks and open spaces
  • Nottingham - The third fastest growing city in the UK offers world-class drama, music, art and sport. Named by the Sunday Times as one of the 50 best urban places to live in 2015 it was also named as one of the 'Top 10 Cities to Visit' in 2010 by DK Travel
  • Sherwood Forest - Based in the heart of historic Robin Hood country, the town of Mansfield is within easy reach of Nottingham, Derby and Sheffield. With dozens of outdoor activities on your doorstep the former coal-mining town has boomed in the last decade

Click on the links on the right for more information about these programmes.

For more information, speak to our Head of School:

Dr Caroline Ahrens - Caroline.ahrens@hee.nhs.uk

Dr Sarah Layzell - Sarah.layzell@hee.nhs.uk


Please see the NRO website for the timelines of dates and deadlines: http://gprecruitment.hee.nhs.uk/Recruitment

How to Apply

The first stage of the recruitment process is to complete the national application form, which will be available to be filled out online through Oriel during the application period.

All applicants must meet the minimum requirements of the National Person Specification.

You can download the Code of Practice document which has detailed recruitment information.



Applications submitted and reviewed.  Applications must be completed fully and correctly, any application that is not completed or is incorrectly filled out will be rejected. Unless you are currently in a Foundation Year 2 Programme you must upload your evidence of achieving Foundation Competencies, either FACD 5.2, or Alternative Certificate. The Alternative Certificate can be found on National Recruitment Office Website.

STAGE 2 - Assessment – Computer Based Test (CBT)

Once your application is accepted you will be asked to attend an initial assessment, which forms our short-listing process and also enables us to rank candidates before allocating them to a LETB Stage 3 Selection Centre. Although this is not an exam, it is conducted under examination conditions and you will be asked to agree to a set of rules before you can proceed. The Stage 2 assessment will be delivered by computer, which will allow us to run the assessment on a number of days in a larger number of venues throughout the whole of the UK. The format of the assessment remains unchanged.

This assessment consists of two parts, Professional Dilemmas and Clinical Problem Solving; examples of these questions can be downloaded from the National Recruitment Website.

For further information, visit the General Practice National Recruitment Office website.

STAGE 3 - Selection Centre

If you achieve an acceptable score you will then be invited to a selection centre, where you will be assessed on various competency-based exercises. The exercises consist of a written paper lasting 30 minutes and three 10 minute simulated scenarios, one with a patient, one with a carer/relative and one with a colleague. Training programmes are then offered to candidates in rank order.

If you are successful but we are unable to place you on a suitable training scheme you have the opportunity to go through the national clearing process.

For further information, visit the General Practice National Recruitment Office website.

What to bring to the Selection Centre:

  • Original passport, plus 1 copy of the front cover, inside cover and signature/photograph page
  • Original current GMC proof of registration, plus 1 copy
  • Original evidence of right to work in the UK, plus 1 copy
  • Original primary qualification certificate, plus 1 copy
  • Original Postgraduate qualification/membership exam certificate, plus1 copy
  • Original proof of English Language proficiency (i.e. IELTS, letter from consultant), plus 1 copy
  • Original proof of Foundation Competences (i.e. applicant currently in Foundation Training, FACD 5.2, 2017 Alternative Certificate), plus 1 copy
  • Original ALS certificate, plus 1 copy 


Geographical Restrictions

Where possible we try to give priority of geographical areas to candidates where there are genuine reasons for candidates to work in a particular area. Please see the Geographical Restrictions Form and Guidance from the downloads menu (below right).

From 2016 the GP National Recruitment Office have taken over the Geographical Restrictions process. Therefore please submit your application form, along with any additional supporting evidence, to GPNRO@hee.nhs.uk well in advance of offers being made.

Any forms supplied without evidence or received after the deadline will not be considered.

Geographical restrictions form and guidance

Academic Clinical Fellowships (ACFs)

Health Education England, East Midlands, in partnership with the University of Nottingham and University of Leicester, invites applications from talented and enthusiastic doctors in training who seek a career combining research, teaching and the care of patients.

The interview date for these posts will be confirmed shortly. Please note, unless you already hold a NTN or DRN in the specialty, you will also need to attend GP selection centre, the dates for this are 7th - 9th February 2018. 

Nottingham ACF General Practice 2017

Leicester ACF General Practice 2017

Clinical Teaching Fellowships (CTFs)

Health Education England - East Midlands is excited to announce that we will be recruiting to an innovative project of four year Clinical Teaching Fellowship (CTF) Programmes for August 2017. These programmes include three years of GP training and 11 months of an attachment to Leicester University Medical School as a Clinical Teaching Fellow (CTF).  During the educational component Fellows will develop teaching skills and be involved in educating medical students.  Fellows may be registered and receive support towards teaching qualifications and professional recognition in Medical Education Recruitment to these posts will follow the same process as applying for a standard GP Recruitment Programme by applying to East Midlands Health Education England. Please note these are different to the Academic Clinical Fellowship posts, please do not tick the ACF box on the application form for these posts. You must register your interest in applying for these posts by emailing a formal expression of interest with an Academic CV to medicalrecruitment.em@hee.nhs.uk by Thursday 1st December 2016.

If successful after GP Stage 2 Assessment, you will be invited to attend an interview with the Clinical Teaching Fellowship Team in February 2016. If unsuccessful at Stage 3, you cannot be appointed to the CTF posts. After the interview you will be ranked by the panel, with offers made in rank order.

The interview date will be Thursday 9th February 2017, we would encourage candidates to book their GP Selection Centre place on this day too in the MORNING slots. The CTF interview will be held in the afternoon on Thursday 9th February 2017.

If you have any further queries please contact Dr Anil Sood  aks10@le.ac.uk or medicalrecruitment.em@hee.nhs.uk.

Clinical Teaching Fellowships in General Practice: The Adrian Hastings Fellowships

Global Health Exchange Fellowship Programme

The Health Education England - East Midlands Global Health Exchange Fellowship Programme funded an opportunity for experiential learning about global health in two local contexts for two UK GP trainees in their final year of training. The four UK and Kenyan fellows worked together as a team during the entire six-month programme, were supervised by the project leads and local professionals, utilising existing community resources and expertise. The first two months they worked in a poor, rural and socially deprived community in Kenya, and subsequently, they were two months in a poor, inner-city socially deprived area in the UK.

The programme’s content and process were documented in an integrated comprehensive evaluation. Through a facilitated empowerment evaluation the fellows were enabled to do a health needs analysis and support the sustainable development of health in the two communities. The fellows left the communities with a new understanding of their global health issues, and some possible ways forward. All four fellows developed their personal and professional maturity, team working skills and transferable trans-cultural problem-solving skills and they all gained an in-depth understanding and compassion with communities in need. At the end of the programme, all fellows saw the understanding and skills they had developed as applicable to the work they will be doing as health professionals in their home countries. They have already given many presentations about their work in both lay and academic settings.

Global health encompasses worldwide health issues. It is not just a low-income country problem, and it is more than communicable diseases and campaigns. Global health embraces both prevention in populations and clinical care of individuals. It also aims to ensure a high level of local inclusion in education, training and initiatives that will comply with local community structures, customs and beliefs.

The programme complied with the latest recommendations from The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Global Health. These recommendations encourage the NHS and other health bodies to continue their support for health care systems, finding new ways and solutions to achieve universal health coverage, health worker education and training globally. The recommendations also encourage Health Education England and the equivalents in the other UK countries to support international volunteering and the education and training of UK healthcare and development workers abroad. The evaluation of the programme illustrated how the development and implementation of solutions to global health issues require the global cooperation of interdisciplinary teams within and beyond health sciences.  

For more information, see the evaluation report.

Programme Preferences

Based on applicant feedback for 2016 recruitment applicants will be able to preference at a more detailed geographical level during Round 1 and 2. This will allow applicants to preference at GP Programme level e.g. Nottingham, Derby or Chesterfield rather than the East Midlands

Allocation to programme area will be via Oriel.

Health Education England, East Midlands has 17 vacancies for Round 2 General Practice recruitment. Details are below of vacancies within our local programmes.


Standard ST rotations








Kettering and Northampton






Lincolnshire (Boston, Lincoln)






Sherwood Forest (Mansfield)






The figures above should be used as a guidance tool.


Targeted Enhanced Recruitment Scheme: Health Education England - East Midlands. Allocation to rotations process.

This scheme offers a one off payment (salary support[1]) of £20,000 to GP trainees committed to working in a select number of training places within the East Midlands , that have been hard to recruit to for the past three years. These areas  have an extremely good track record for education, but are initially less popular mainly because of their geographical location. However, those trainees that do come to these areas often stay on after training, as they discover these locations’ hidden attractions, including beautiful countryside and cheap housing

Rotations which attract a TERS payment will be fixed and there will be no flexibility to either change the order of posts or the actual speciality of posts.

No TERS rotations are available in Round 2 in the East Midlands.


[1] TERS has formerly been referred to as a bursary but it is treated by HMRC as Salary Support and will be subject to normal taxation rules. If you have concerns about how this will affect you individually we recommend you seek professional advice.

Post Selection Centre; Upgrading, Feedback and References


If you would like the option of getting one of your higher ranked sub preferences, should they become available, you can opt into upgrading. The upgrading option is available for all offers that have been held or accepted, but not where an offer has been declined. A candidate who has accepted or held an offer can opt in or out of upgrading at any time during the window. 

If you opt into upgrading and a higher preferenced offer becomes available, the upgrade will be automatic. You will be placed in the higher preferenced post without the GP National Recruitment Office making any further contact with you and you will not be given 48 hours to decide whether you wish to accept or decline the new post.

If an upgrade is made, the previously held or accepted post will be released and will be re-offered to another candidate.

Once you have been upgraded you will be contacted to inform you of this. Details of the upgrade made will be available in Oriel.

Once the upgrading deadline has passed, no further upgrades will be offered, even if one of your higher preferenced rotations becomes available at a later date.


Following the offers process, feedback will be provided by GP NRO to all applicants. This will provide you with details of your interview performance; no further information will be provided. If you wish to receive further information, you will be required to contact the National Recruitment Office, but you should be aware that the provision of any further information is only likely to be provided at a cost.


You will be required to provide details of three referees before Selection Centre (the exact deadline will be advertised on the NRO website). Referees are required to submit references, using an online referee portal on Oriel, once offers have been released. They will be sent the link for after offers have been made. You will be informed, via your Oriel portal, when your referee has submitted their reference.


All offers made will be on the condition of the LETB/Deanery receiving three satisfactory references.

Direct Pathway

Direct pathway will enable applicants to move directly to the “offer” stage, without needing to attend Selection Centre. For the trial, all applicants receiving a score of 575 from SRA will qualify for this new, streamlined route.

Direct Pathway applicants in the East Midlands will be asked to attend a document verification appointment at Health Education England, Westbridge Place, 1 Westbridge Close, Leicester, LE3 5DR. The date for this is to be confirmed. Official invites will be sent via email.

Documentation you will need to bring:

  • Original passport, plus 1 copy of  signature/photograph page
  • Current GMC proof of registration, plus 1 copy. This can be shown electronically
  • Original evidence of right to work in the UK, plus 1 copy
Expense Forms

Health Education England - East Midlands will reimburse expenses connected with travel to and from interview related to the recruitment round.  A maximum of £100 expenses will be approved subject to verification and submission of relevant receipts where appropriate. 

You can download the Expenses Claim Form and guidance document for more information from below.


The guidance notes state that approval of overnight accommodation should be sought in writing IN ADVANCE of the interview date.  To seek approval, please email medicalrecruitment.em@hee.nhs.uk  For any other queries relating to how to claim your expenses that is not covered in the guidance notes, please also email medicalrecruitment.em@hee.nhs.uk

Completed claim forms should be posted with original receipts to –

Recruitment Expenses
Recruitment and Programmes Team
Health Education East Midlands
Westbridge Place
1 Westbridge Close


Panel Members can download claim forms and Expenses Guidance from below.  If you have any queries regarding the claiming of expenses please contact medicalrecruitment.em@hee.nhs.uk

Candidate expenses claim guidance

Panel member expenses claim guidance

Candidate expenses claim form

Panel member expenses claim form


Contact Us

To speak to the Health Education East Midlands GP Recruitment team, please email medicalrecruitment.em@hee.nhs.ukor alternatively phone: 0300 303 3603

To speak to the National Recruitment office, please submit a query via their website.

Useful Links

Appeal Mechanisms/Complaints Procedures can be found in the downloads menu (below right).  

For information regarding Training as a GPStR including Inter Deanery Transfers and Less Than Full Time Training this can be found here.

For all queries regarding Terms and Conditions, including pension details (which GPStRs are entitled to join) please visit NHS employers website.

For information regarding Accreditation of transferable competences please visit the COGPED (Committee of General Practice Education Directors) website.

Social Media / Latest News

Read our news here, or follow us on Twitter @EastMidsLETB for updates. Use hashtags #loveourlearners and #futureGPfor further communications.


Both HEE EM and the Royal College of General Practice have produced the following videos which explore the opportunities that a GP career can offer:



Preparation for Specialty Training (General Practice)

PST(GP) is the opportunity to work for 6 months in one area of the country while receiving regular teaching and clinical exposure that will help to improve the skills required for admission to specialty training through the national selection process. This is currently available in East of England, East Midlands, West Midlands, North East, North West and Yorkshire & Humber.

It is anticipated that doctors completing the programme will also find they are able to better understand how to deliver good quality care in the NHS.

This is not a training scheme or programme. The posts involved are hospital based and are usually used for GP or specialty training.

This programme will seek to deliver the opportunity for doctors to improve their understanding of the NHS; team based working; communication and consultation skills and patient centred care.

You will only need to complete one application for GP Specialty Training. Eligible doctors will be those who apply for GP Specialty Training, Round 1 or 2, 2017 and successfully pass Stage 1 longlisting and eligibility checking, including proof of Foundation Competencies. If unsuccessful for GP Specialty Training you will be automatically offered a PST (GP) opportunity.

Offers will be made in the following order, please note that to satisfy RLMT offers for UK/EEA candidates in these groups will be made first:

  • 1st offers ranked in order of score – Not Selected at Stage 3 (Selection Centre).
  • 2nd offers ranked in order of score – Not selected at Stage 2.
  • 3rd Offers ranked by application submitted date & time – Successfully longlisted at Stage 2 but did not attend Stage 2.

Candidates subject to RLMT will be offered once all UK/EEA candidates have been exhausted, offers will follow the same stages as above.

Please email pstgp.em@hee.nhs.uk to register your interest as soon as possible.

Doctors wanting to commence Pre Specialty Training in February 2018 will need to have registered their interest by Friday 13th October 2017.

Locality Based Programmes

Locality Based Programmes

East Midlands covers an area from Worksop and Retford in the north to Northamptonshire in the south and from the Peak District in the west to the East Coast of Lincolnshire.  We have great transport links whether travelling by rail or road, as the M1 is on our doorstep, or by air as East Midlands Airport is on the border of Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire.

Our  Programmes offer 20 months in General Practice. We are the first LETB in the UK to offer this for General Practice training. It will offer the opportunity to spend time in your chosen specialty for in posts in ST1 and ST2 as part of the training programme, as well as the year as ST3.

We provide a range of educational opportunities through the variety of programmes available within the East Midlands.

The LETB recognises the importance of adult education where GP registrars are given the opportunity to develop so as to allow them to enjoy a lifetime's career in General Practice.

We have a long history of innovation and seek to maximise the opportunities of the changes to Specialty training to provide programmes that prepare our future GPs for practice and lifelong learning.

Within the region we organise training in units called Programmes;

All  Programmes have a variety of different training rotations, consisting of different hospital specialties. For further information about the Programme, please click on the links above. Each programme section has its own brochure. Please note, Lincoln and Boston programmes became the Lincolnshire programme in August 2013. 

In August 2014 the Northampton and Kettering Programmes became Northamptonshire, and posts rotate through Kettering General Hospital, Northampton General Hospital and Northamptonshire Healthcare and occasionally to University Hospitals of Leicester .

We provide a range of educational opportunities through the variety of programmes available within the East Midlands. As part of the GP Training Programme, you may be required to rotate to placements in the same Trust or in different Trusts, and GP Training Practices within different GP Training Programme areas throughout the East Midlands region.

GP Work Experience for Year 10 pupils

General Practice is a challenging and rewarding career

1462539174_szgmjfam.jpgThat is the truth, regardless of what else you might hear about General Practice.

It is for the more able and resilient.

Your life will critically cross the lives of many and enable a deeper understanding of yourself and those you care for.

Health Education England is making it possible for Year 10 pupils in the East Midlands to do five day work experience placements to discover the reality of modern day General Practice.

This is a great opportunity to understand the different roles in General Practice and also the different entry routes to become a member of General Practice team. 

The placements will ensure that you have experienced and understood of the clinical and management activities in the General Practice setting. You will observe different roles and would have observation session with different sections of the General Practice, for example Reception, Practice Nurse, GP, Practice Manager and other health professionals working in the General Practice. On the conclusion of your work experience you are expected to produce a reflective summary of your experience in order to receive your certificate of completion.

You will be supervised with a member of the General Practice at all time during your work experience.

Many of these practices train nurses, medical students, GP Trainees and apprentices who will be able to share their experience and their entry routes.

If you: 

  • are in Year 10
  • are looking for a work experience to decide if a career in a health environment is suitable for you
  • have a recommendation from your school
  • have parental consent
  • are able to comply with the general practice code of conduct
  • go to a school in Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire and Northamptonshire.


We have reached our full capacity and even our reserved list is full. Therefore, we cannot accept any further application until further notice.

Please do check this page for future updates

Access to other Work Experience opportunities within Health and Care in the East Midlands:

There are a wide variety of Work Experience opportunities across the East Midlands and some that are in development. Please see the links below for specific opportunities -

Work Experience in Nottinghamshire

Information and Opportunities through Nottingham University

Opportunities for Work Experience in NHS organisations across Lincolnshire

Northamptonshire GP Work Experience