Third recruitment wave for 2016 GP training posts to close next week

The third and final wave of recruitment to GP training posts for 2016 is set to close next week, with the NHS aiming to fill more than 600 posts that remained vacant after two recruitment rounds.

GP practice: many vacancies in training posts for GPs
GP practice: many vacancies in training posts for GPs

Applications for 2016 posts will close on Thursday 3 December, Health Education England (HEE) has said.

Around a fifth of GP training posts - 632 in total - were unfilled after two waves of recruitment this year, but third-wave applications have come in faster in 2015 than in the same period last year.

Last year was the first to see a third round of recruitment to GP training posts, and just 72 out of 451 posts were filled.

Map: GP trainee vacancies

In 2015, 3,124 posts were available in total, and of these 2,492 had been filled after two recruitment rounds, leaving 632 vacancies.

As part of the 10-point GP workforce plan agreed by the DH, NHS England, Health Education England and GP organisations, HEE has used a series of online advertising videos to try to boost uptake of training posts.

HEE chief executive Professor Ian Cumming told MPs several weeks ago that this year's third round of recruitment for GP training posts had seen 676 people apply so far, compared to around 100 over the same period in 2014.

The GPC has said that it believes the government target of recruiting an extra 5,000 GPs by 2020 is impossible given slow uptake of training posts.

Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles and free email bulletins

Register

Already registered?

Sign in

Follow Us:

Just published

More than half of GP locums have seen a significant drop in income due to COVID-19

More than half of GP locums have seen a significant drop in income due to COVID-19

More than half of GP locums have experienced a significant fall in their income during...

How a GP helped develop a protective shield to cover patients needing CPR in the pandemic

How a GP helped develop a protective shield to cover patients needing CPR in the pandemic

Wiltshire GP Dr Lydia Campbell-Hill explains how she helped create a mini isolation...

GP practices can now sign up to new online PPE portal

GP practices can now sign up to new online PPE portal

GP practices will be able to register with the DHSC's new online PPE portal, which...

Fully-qualified GP workforce fell by 712 over the past year

Fully-qualified GP workforce fell by 712 over the past year

The fully-qualified GP workforce in England fell by 2.5%, losing 712 full-time equivalent...

MPs call for expert guidance on medico-legal implications of pandemic

MPs call for expert guidance on medico-legal implications of pandemic

A group of MPs has called on the government to set up an independent expert committee...

Coronavirus: Key guidance GPs need to know about COVID-19

Coronavirus: Key guidance GPs need to know about COVID-19

GPonline provides an overview of the key guidance relating to coronavirus, including...