About the programme

Widening Access to Specialty Training: start your medical career in the NHS

Positions are now available for doctors to work and train in England.  A new 12-month programme, combining general practice and psychiatry could help you develop the skills and competences to apply to the specialty training programme upon completion.

  • Live in vibrant cities or beautiful rural locations
  • Train in different settings including hospitals or the community
  • Starting salary of over £30,000

The Widening Access to Specialty Training (WAST) scheme is a 12-month programme, based in England that will typically involve:

  • Up to 12 months in acute hospital specialties with potentially 4-6 months in psychiatry
  • Two week taster session in a GP practice
  • Taster sessions in a mental health setting if required

    Ideal for doctors wanting to become a general practitioner (family) doctor or psychiatrist in England, this is an opportunity to work for a year in England while receiving regular teaching and clinical exposure that will help to improve the skills and competences required for admission to specialty training through the national selection processes. It is anticipated that doctors completing the scheme are able to better understand how to deliver good quality care in the NHS.

    Financial relocation support package available for eligible applicants.

    Assessment / interview

    Applicants will be invited to attend assessment centres to be held in Manchester.  Further information on what to expect on the day will be provided upon invitation to the assessment centre.

    Detailed information on the recruitment process can be found by visiting the following website:

    How do I apply for specialty training?

    The WAST programme will give applicants good experience for future specialty training applications.

    Information on how to apply to specialty training visit the specialty training website or Oriel.

    More information on applying for GP specialty training can be found on the GP national recruitment office website.