General Practice ST1 


East of England

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. 

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.

Deferrals – 2019 recruitment

Please refer to the information provided on the National Recruitment website with regard to the deferral process

Deferral requests can be for a minimum of 3 months and a maximum of 12 months with an obligation to return to the programme at the end of the deferral period.  Deferral duration must be in line with the rotations of the training programme you have accepted.

Applications for deferrals must be requested at the time of submitting your application and made within 2 weeks of acceptance of the GP programme offer, please email to request an application form.  Requests made outside of this time will not be considered.  All requests will need to be approved by the Postgraduate/GP Dean.

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

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.  This will give full details of the 3 years showing which specialty and where these are based.  Please note the information provided on Oriel is very set and we are only able to show the ST1 year therefore it is important you read through the specialties in the programmes prior to ranking your preferences on Oriel.

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

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 2019, incorrect claim forms and claims after this date will not be processed.  

Targeted Enhanced Recruitment Scheme in England

What is the Targeted Enhanced Recruitment Scheme?

The new Targeted Enhanced Recruitment Scheme is an initiative that will offer a one off payment of £20,000 to GP trainees committed to working in a select number of training places in England that have been hard to recruit to for the past three years. These areas often have an extremely good track record for education, but are initially less popular simply because of their geographical location. However, those trainees that do come usually stay on after training, as they discover these locations’ hidden attractions.

Rotations within the Training Programmes in the East of England where the TERS payment has been allocated (please note this is not all the posts/rotations in the Training Programme):

Norfolk Training Programme: Gt Yarmouth = 6 posts

Norfolk Training Programme: Kings Lynn = 6 posts

Colchester & Ipswich Training Programme: Ipswich = 6 posts

Further information on the scheme can be found

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