Health Education England, working across the South West


2018 GP Recruitment

Welcome to the webpages for GP training in the South West of England. This training is run by Health Education England, working across the South West, made up of Severn and Peninsula Regions (previously known as Severn and Peninsula Deaneries).

Our website contains important information which we hope will inspire you to train in the South West. We are excited that, for the third time this year, the two Primary Care Schools (Severn and Peninsula) are working together as one.

Applicants are required to apply at Programme level (e.g. Bristol, Cornwall, North Devon, Somerset) giving applicants a greater choice of training rotations to choose from across the country. 


Targeted Enhanced Recruitment Scheme (TERS)

The rotations with TER's next to the rotation number are TER's funded posts. Successful applicants appointed to these posts will be entitled to a financial  incentive in the form of a £20,000 salary supplement once they have taken up their post. This scheme is open to GP trainees committed to working for three years.

Please note, deferrals are not compatible with TER's posts.

Further information about the TER's scheme can be found here: BMAGP NRONHS England

If there any questions regarding these TER’s posts please do send them to



It is not possible to guarantee any rotations or programme allocations if you chose to defer for any length of time.

If you request a deferral you will not be eligible for any TER's funding.

Deferral Request's

If you request a 6 month deferral, so that you start in February 2019 rather than August 2018, it is likely that we will be able to give you an indicative rotation. Please note that you would normally have to drop/lose your first post in this rotation ie. the post which runs from August 2018 to February 2019 when you will not be in training. It is very unlikely that you will be offered this post at any other time. The exception to this will be if your first post is in GP, and you will then be swapped into this at a later point.

If you request a 1 year deferral, we will NOT be able to guarantee a return to your originally allocated programme; you may be offered a rotation in an under-filled programme.

Deferred Start date candidates Returning to Training in 2018

Before Round 1 2018 offers are complete you will be asked to fill in a Programme preference form, in which you will be asked to rank your preferred programmes within either Severn or Peninsula.

Should we be unable to allocate you to the programme you deferred entry from (eg. Bristol programme, Plymouth Programme) then we will allocate you to the first available vacant programme by ranking order of deferred candidates and using your submitted programme preference form.

Once we have confirmed your allocated Programme in either Severn or Peninsula we will contact you in line with all other trainees from recruitment 2018 to commence rotation preferencing.

Within your allocated programme your national ranking number from 2017 will be taken into account alongside this years recruited candidates and used to determine your rotation.


The Training Programmes

There are 13 Primary Care training programmes across HEE in the South West extending from Gloucester in the North, to Cornwall in the South. The programmes are listed in alphabetical order below. The training programmes affiliated to the Severn GP School are identified by a ‘S’ in parenthesis, those affiliated to the Peninsula School by a ‘P’.


  • Bath combined with Swindon(S)
  • Bristol 2 years Somerset 1 year(S)
  • Somerset 2 years Bristol 1 year(S)


The Primary Care Schools

We are very proud to be able to offer a choice of training programmes in the South West. Severn and Peninsula Primary Care Schools reliably outperform most other UK GP schools for trainee success at the MRCGP exam. Trainee satisfaction surveys show that our trainees are amongst the happiest in the UK. This is explained by our excellent training placements, committed educators and expert administration support. The outstanding and varied geography of the South West of England with its mix of rural and urban environments, provides something for everyone . For those who can have too much of a good thing, there are excellent rail, road and airline links to London, the midlands and the north. Visit the school websites for more details.

Making your GP training programme selection

Firstly, make sure you apply to our programmes listed above.

Applicants may select a combination of any of the 10 programmes listed above and should preference their choices according to where they would be prepared to train. Please note some training programmes are more popular than others, so places are awarded competitively and for this reason candidates are advised not to choose fewer than 5 schemes. Applicants should include all the schemes they would be prepared to work in, in case they are unsuccessful in gaining a place in their preferred programme.

Appointments to training rotations in HESW are competitive, based upon the candidates’ performance in the selection process. However, HESW reserves the right to appoint candidates according to the needs of HESW, the local training schemes and the needs of individual candidates.

To help you understand and navigate the recruitment and selection process we have put some questions together. If your query isn’t answered then please e-mail us.

Contact details:

Health Education South West

Severn Postgraduate Medical Education 
Deanery House 
Unit D - Vantage Business Park 
Old Gloucester Road 
Bristol. BS16 1GW

Email: The Recruitment Team