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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:

  • six months in a psychiatry setting
  • six months in an acute hospital setting.
  • two taster weeks within General Practice.

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 suitably qualified applicants.

Assessment / interview

Applicants will be invited into assessment centre to be held in Manchester. 

September 2018 interviews – February 2019, August 2019 or February 2020 start

Applications/Advert open

Wednesday 11th July 2018

Applications close

16.00 GMT Thursday 9th August 2018

Interview date

10-12th September 2018 at Etihad stadium Manchester

The interviews will take place between 10-12th September 2018, at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester

Applicants must submit their CV & application form to wast.recruitment@hee.nhs.uk no later than 16.00 GMT Thursday 9 August 2018 to be considered for this round.

Applicants will be required to participate in a multi-panel interview process, including role players. There will be an emphasis on patient safety.

Further information on what to expect on the day will be provided upon invitation to the assessment centre.

Rolling start dates are offered, typically February and August of each year. If found appointable, you will be added to the WAST talent pool for a post in your preferred location at one of these entry points. Applicants may remain in the WAST talent pool for up to 18 months after their original assessment date. If you are not placed after this time, you will need to re-apply to the WAST process.

For the September 2018 interviews, posts are likely to start in either August 2019 or February 2020, with a small possibility that some applicants could be placed as early as February 2019. A later start date will give you longer to obtain full GMC registration, and if required pass PLAB and/or IELTS or OET.

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.