General Practice ST1 


East of England

From August 2021, the expectation is that the vast majority of our training programmes will be based on 1 year in speciality posts and 2 years in GP and community posts. We are excited to be making this transition and are working as hard and as fast as we can to create the required changes in posts. At the present time, the ST1 posts have been confirmed for August 2021 and our attention now is moving to confirming the ST2 posts for August 2022. The future is bright for GP training in the East of England and we look forward to welcoming all our new trainee colleagues in August 2021

Here in the East of England we pride ourselves on the high quality of training that we offer to individual trainees who want to become GPs. This region of England has all the advantages of city and rural life; it contrasts areas of great social need and affluence. We have training practices in all these areas offering a variety of practice styles. 

There is over 300 miles of coastline running from the Thames estuary to the Wash with some famous coastal resorts and ports along its length. The region is steeped in history and has been the seat of many of the British revolutionary thinkers and activists from Boadicea to the present day.  None of our cities are large and all are surrounded by wonderful countryside, we even have some hills in our southwest corner. The transport links to London and the North are good with access to two international airports.

In the East of England we believe individual people are important; we try to ensure your learning journey from trainee to GP is a great experience. We combine innovation with consistently high standards for the delivery of education. We are sure that you will feel at home on one of the many Programmes that we have to offer. Out ultimate aim is to persuade you to stay and join our GP community.

In addition to your 3 years to General Practice training we offer exciting opportunities to enhance your training and future career.  Global Health Fellowships are challenging and rewarding and include a 12 months OOPE to work in a hospital in rural South Africa. Guaranteed release from your hospital and/or practice to attend annual camps for those in the Army Reserve and Academic Clinical Fellow posts linked to the prestigious Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Make sure you make us your first choice

At the time of application, you will be asked to indicate your preferences from all GP Training Programmes available in the UK, in rank order. Please only preference the Programmes that you would be prepared to work in, if you preference a post, it is assumed that you are able to accept this, if offered. It is therefore imperative that applicants consider their preference choices before submitting them. In making those decisions, researching regions carefully is recommended. 

Applicants are advised to read the regions’ profile pages and access individual region websites for more information about the opportunities available. It is suggested that you research not only the types of programmes offered in each region but also the geography of each region, the main Trusts within the geography, transport links to home and so on.

The East of England covers Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex with a 5.8m population.   We cover bustling towns to rural and seaside locations.  GP Practices are not always central to the towns and you may be required to travel to the GP Practices.  You will be required, if you do not have a driving licence and car to provide your own transport (at your own expense)  for when covering domiciliary care. 

Information for applicants from the EU

You will be aware that the UK is in the process of leaving the European Union.  This means freedom of movement will be affected.  However, the NHS will continue to welcome and value staff and trainees from Europe as it does the whole world. 

From 30 March 2019 the UK will have left the European Union. If an agreement is reached with the EU, then EU citizens and their family members will be able to move to the UK until 2021 on the same basis as you could do today, with the same rights to work and study freely, as you currently do. For EU citizens who already live in the UK, you are eligible to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme.  All EU citizens who have lived in the UK for more than five years continuously will be eligible for ‘settled status’ (equivalent to indefinite leave to remain).  If you have lived in the UK for less than five years you will be eligible for ‘pre-settled status’ and can upgrade this to ‘settled status’ when you have been here for five years.  As the Prime Minister announced on 21 January, this process will be free to all from 30 March 2019. Any payment made for an application before this date will be refunded. More information on the settlement scheme can be found here:

In the event that an agreement is not reached, there will be a transition period once free movement ends and before the UK’s new immigration system begins in 2021. During this transition period, newly arriving EU citizens will still be able to enter the UK as they do now for an initial stay of up to three months and will be able to visit, work or study without applying for a visa, but they will not be eligible to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme.  If you want to stay in the UK for longer than three months, you can apply from within the UK for ‘European Temporary Leave to Remain’, which will be granted for a further 36 months, subject to identity, criminality and security checks.

More information will be available soon on the process to register and how the UK’s Future Immigration System will work.  To keep up to date, please regularly visit

Please click here for the Training Programmes map within the East of England

Administrative Team

Hilary Foster  -  Recruitment Co-ordinator for GP

Trina Braddick  -  Recruitment Administrator for GP

Applications are made through the National Recruitment website for GP training

Stage 2 Assessment

As it is expected that you will have booked onto the Pearson Vue test centre nearest to your home we will not be paying for travel expenses for you to attend the Stage 2 assessment.

Selection Centre Information

Victoria House, West Wing, Capital Park, Fulbourn, Cambridge.  CB21 5XA.

Copies of documents must be brought with you as per the document checklist which is downloadable from the website below, there are no photocopying facilities available to candidates.

Please refer to the National Recruitment Office website for the Recruitment Timelines

Ranking Preferences for GP Training within the East of England

Please refer to the programmes (rotations) in the documents below for the Training Programme when you have accepted for your GP Training within the East of England.  We are only able to provide ST1 rotations, the Training Programmes will advise of ST2 and ST3 rotations once posts confirmed. Please be aware that rotations are subject to change.

Please note the deadline given for preferences to be made is TBC.

Deferrals – 2020/21 recruitment

Significant changes are planned in the structure of GP training rotations in the East of England over the coming years.
In order to ensure that we can accommodate our existing trainees and the new intake in high quality training rotations during this transition period we will unfortunately not be able to accommodate non-statutory deferrals for new recruits in the 2020-21 intake.

Please refer to the information provided on the East of England Recruitment website with regard to the deferral process

Deferral requests can be for a minimum of 3 months and deferral duration must be in line with the rotations of the training programme you have accepted.   The start of training for both core and specialty training may only be deferred on statutory grounds (e.g. maternity/paternity/adoption leave, ill health).

If you are on a Tier 2 Visa and requesting a deferred start date please apply for your Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) as early as possible once you have accepted the training post.  Please note the maximum deferral time allowed is 6 months and this must fit in with your rotations.  However, should your visa be issued within the deferral period then your training programme will need to start as soon as possible after your visa has been issued.  Please follow the link below to refer to the Step on Step off policy and FAQs

Expense Claims for Candidates

Expense claims  must be made using Selenity please access from our website on the link below;

Scroll to the Expenses Section to find details of the Candidates Expenses Policy and how to register.

Claim forms must be received onto the Selenity System no later than 12 March 2020, incorrect claim forms and claims after this date will not be processed.  

Global Health Placement Information

For more information on Global Health Fellowships and Out of Programme Experiences please see the following websites:HEE's Global Health Guidance for Doctors/Trainees Planning to Work Overseas

HEE has published a informative and helpful guidance document for Doctors planning to work overseas in a Global Health capacity. To access the document please use this link

Please see below documents containing East of England Training post rotations, these are up to date at the moment but are subject to change