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facebook1April 6 2016

The number of doctors accepted for general practice training has shown an increase this year compared to last. Round 1 figures show a 70% acceptance rate with 2,296 recruited onto training in 2016. This compares to a 69% round 1 fill rate in 2015 when 2,144 were accepted.

Specialties achieving a 100% fill rate in round 1 were for core surgical training (506 places), clinical radiology (205), ophthalmology (60), neurosurgery (22), cardio-thoracic surgery (5), community sexual and reproductive health (5), and oral and maxillo-facial surgery (3). In terms of individuals recruited, general practice was the most popular, followed by ACCS acute medicine/core medical training with 1,036 accepted, a fill rate of 78%.

The figures have been published on behalf of Health Education England by Oriel, the UK-wide system for managing recruitment into postgraduate specialty medical, dental, public health and healthcare science training posts.

HEE has provided the first round recruitment data “to support trainees in their decisions on the medical specialties that they may like to apply for in the on-going recruitment process,” said Oriel. “For the first time, HEE have been able to provide data that shows the picture so far, with the specialties where posts are still available. This will allow trainees to plan their application.”

Dr Maureen Baker, RCGP Chair, described the HEE recruitment figures as “a vote of confidence in GPs and the future of general practice”, as well as being excellent news for patients. The figures also indicated that the 10 point plan launched last year by the College, NHS England, HEE and the BMA is having “a positive and very tangible impact”.

“We hope this will be the start of a turning tide. It is a testament to the sterling work of our faculties, practising GPs and university GP Societies who are going all out to promote our fantastic profession and illustrate to future generations what an exciting, challenging and stimulating career being a GP can be,” she said.

Professor Wendy Reid, Director of Education and Quality and Medical Director, HEE, has also encouraged foundation doctors and medical students to choose general practice as their speciality as the new application window for training is now open.

“GPs are at the heart of the NHS and the first experience many people have of the NHS is with their GP. It is a challenging role but one that provides a great opportunity to play a key role in meeting the health needs of diverse communities right across the UK,” she said.

The latest round of specialty recruitment applications is open until 4pm on Thursday 7 April 2016.

Links:

Oriel - Specialty recruitment figures

RCGP comment

HEE announcement

HEE information about applying for general practice

HEE Facebook ‘nothing general’ page on general practice as a career

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