Health Education England - South West GP Recruitment


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.

There have been some significant changes to the Recruitment process since 2016, applicants are now required to apply at Programme level (e.g. Bristol, Cornwall, North Devon, Somerset) rather than at deanery level (e.g. HESW, Severn or Peninsula), giving applicants a greater choice of training rotations to choose from across the country. The information below is supported by links to both Primary Care Schools and their training programme websites. 

For further information surrounding the recruitment process, please follow this link to the GPNRO (General Practice National Recruitment Office) website.


The Training Programmes

There are ten 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 Primary Care School are identified by a ‘S’ in parenthesis, those affiliated to the Peninsula School by a ‘P’.

• Bath (S)

• Bristol Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire (BNSSG) (S)

• Cornwall (P)

• Exeter and East Devon (P)

• Gloucestershire (S)

• North Devon (P)

• Plymouth (P)

• Somerset (S)

• Swindon (S)

• Torbay (P)



Non-statutory deferral

From Round 2 Re-advert 2020, successful applicants appointed to England, Scotland or Wales recruitment can no longer apply to defer entry to GP training on non-statutory grounds; non-statutory deferment has never been permitted in Northern Ireland.

Transferring Recruitment Scores

With the introduction of new functionality in Oriel, successful applicants to GP Training from August 2021 onwards who may not wish for whatever reason to take up the offer of a training place in the current recruitment round will be able to transfer their final recruitment score from one recruitment round to another recruitment round. This option will only be valid within a 12-month recruitment cycle and is conditional upon the recruitment and selection process being unchanged in subsequent recruitment rounds. For further information about transferring recruitment scores, please refer to the separate guidance which is available from the GPNRO Website

Targeted Enhanced Recruitment Scheme (TERS)

Health Education South West Schools of Primary Care are excited to announce they have been allocated a number of TERS 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.

Further information about the TERS scheme further information can be found here: BMAGP NRONHS England

The particular TERS posts available will be highlighted with TERS next to the rotation number – not all posts within the specified TERS programmes attract TERS funding.

If you have any questions regarding the TERS posts, please contact 

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 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.

Once you have accepted a place in one of our GP training programmes it is not possible to move to a different programme later during your training.

Contact details:


Health Education England - South West
Plumer House
Tailyour Road

Email: Helena Hogan - 


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

Email: Helena Hogan -