The benefits of GP training in Wales

As the junior doctor application window re-opens on Tuesday 28 February, a survey conducted by the GMC has found that trainee doctors in Wales are the most satisfied overall in the UK.*

GP trainee Dr Rebecca Andrews
GP trainee Dr Rebecca Andrews

One person enjoying the benefits of training in Wales is Dr Rebecca Andrews, a trainee GP in Wrexham. Originally from Chester, Rebecca is just months away from qualifying as a GP. 

She explains: 'The GP training I’ve received here in North Wales over the past three years has been second to none. Coming from Chester, I was initially worried that I’d need to speak Welsh to train here but that hasn’t been the case.'

GP training in Wales

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'I’ve also been impressed with the up close and personal approach to my training. There’s no danger of feeling like just another number in the system here. I enjoy a very strong bond with my course tutors and peers and feel supported every step of the way. 

'The unique education contract here in Wales has guaranteed me easy access to the required number of outpatient clinics, theatre sessions, ward rounds and other educational opportunities I’ve needed to complete my training.

'The opportunity to train under a single employer GP work placement has provided me with a more personal and consistent training experience, and also helped me financially as the three-year contract made my mortgage application extremely easy.

'Wales might not be an obvious first choice for many students. However, I would encourage anyone training to be a GP, who wants to make life-long friends, learn from some of the best in the business and enjoy some of the UK’s most unspoilt landscapes, to put Wales firmly at the top of their list.'

Five reasons why Wales should be top of the list for trainee doctors:

  • Great satisfaction: Trainee doctors in Wales are the most satisfied in the UK. 86.5% rated their experience in post as ‘excellent’ or ‘very good’ compared with 82.5% in England and 84.1% in Scotland.*
  • Unique education contract: Your education contract in Wales is unique because it guarantees exposure to the required number of outpatient clinics, theatre and teaching sessions, ward rounds and other educational opportunities needed to hit training targets.
  • Innovative training: The Wales Deanery operates a wide range of specialist training including the Broad Based Training Programme.
  • Prestigious fellowships: development options include opportunity to train on prestigious Welsh Clinical Academic Track and Welsh Clinical Leadership Fellowships.
  • Flexible options to suit you: Should anything change once your training starts, our flexible training options are here to help you stay on track. The option to train on a less than full-time basis (LTFT) helps you devote time to other areas of your life should anything unexpected happen, or if you plan to take on voluntary work, or start a family. Plus with Out of Programme Experience (OOPE), you can apply to take a break, to gain additional clinical experience and pave the way for future research.

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*The GMC National Training Survey is an annual survey. The 2016 survey was completed by a total of 58,835 doctors in training across the UK.  2,230 of these were based in Wales. Full copies of the survey report can be found here.

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