Health Education South West participates in all rounds of recruitment for General Practice. 

We are pleased to submit vacancies in the following areas across the South West during Round 1 2020 recruitment, for commencement of training in August 2020.

Please be aware that post numbers and rotation details are subject to change and cannot be guaranteed.

GP Programme ST1 TGPT
Bath 21 0
Bath & Swindon
Bristol 29 
Bristol (2 years) & Somerset (1 year) 10 
Cornwall 30 
Exeter 24 
Gloucestershire 32 
North Devon * 12
Peninsula - Generic Programme
Plymouth * 24 
Severn - Generic Programme
Somerset *
Somerset (2 years) & Bristol (1 year) 10 
Swindon * 28 
Torbay 16 
Academic Clinical Fellow - Bristol
Academic Clinical Fellow - Plymouth  
Academic Clinical Fellow - Exeter  























* TERS is available within this programme


Please view the side links to access lists of the available rotations in each local area.  

If you submit a successful ATCF application, you will be able to omit six months of rotations. The posts omitted will be one of those AFTER your first ARCP which is held at 6 months. It will usually be the last post in ST2, unless this is GP, in which case it will be earlier posts in ST2. Please bear this in mind when considering your rotation choices as rotations cannot be changed at a later date without statutory reasons.  You should refer to the ATCF webpage for full guidance.

How to Apply and Recruitment Timeline

Applications should be made via Oriel.

Below is the confirmed timeline for recruitment to General Practice for August 2020 entry.


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Advert Appears

30 October 2019

Applications open

7 November 2019 (10:00am UK Time)

Applications close

28 November 2019 (4:00pm UK Time)

Invitations to Specialty Recruitment Assessment Expected by

No later than 17 December 2019

MSRA window

3-11 January 2020

MSRA Results Expected by 

No later than 24 January 2020

Invitations to the Selection Centre Expected by 

No later than 24 January 2020

Selection Centre Window

3-14 February 2020

First Offers from

20 February 2020

Holding deadline

13 March 2020 (1:00pm UK time)

Upgrading deadline 

20 March 2020 (4:00pm UK time)

Targeted Enhanced Recruitment Scheme (TERS)

The rotations with TERS next to the rotation number are 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.

Please note, it is not possible to defer entry if you are being offered a TERS post, unless the deferment is for statutory reasons e.g. maternity leave.

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

If you have any questions regarding TERS posts please send them to

* Please note that we do not have any TERS posts available in this round of recruitment


Non-statutory deferral

GP training is unique in offering non-statutory deferral as an opportunity for those taking up a programme.  Requests for non-statutory deferrals must be made within your application and may not be considered retrospectively.  If you opt to take a period of non-statutory deferral, it is important you are aware that it may NOT be possible following your deferral to commence training in the originally offered programme.  Furthermore, if your offered programme is associated with the Targeted Enhanced Recruitment Scheme (TERS), you will NOT be eligible for TERS funding, even if you are allocated to a TERS post.

If you chose to defer for any length of time, it will NOT be possible to guarantee ANY rotations or programme allocations

If you defer your start date you will NOT be eligible for TERS funding.

12 month deferrals - 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.  While we do our best to return you to your offered programme, there is a real risk that this may not be possible and in these cases we will allocate you to your first available vacant programme according to the process outlined below.

6 month deferrals – if you request a 6 month deferral, it is likely that we will be able to give you an indicative rotation. and you would normally have to drop/lose your first post in this rotation.  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 would usually then be swapped into this at a later point.

4 month deferrals – it is not always possible to agree deferrals for this period of time as a 4 month deferral period can ONLY be granted if you are allocated to a rotation with placements of this duration. Please refer to details of specific rotations for each programme. 

Returning to training following non-statutory deferral

If you are on a period of deferral and have not already been given an indicative rotation (i.e. you are deferring for 12 months), before the current round of offers are complete you will be asked to fill in a Programme Preference Form, in which you will rank your preferred programmes within either Severn or Peninsula.

Should we be unable to allocate you to the programme you deferred entry from (e.g. Bristol programme, Plymouth Programme) then we will allocate you to the first available programme with vacancies according to your submitted Programme Preference Form.

Once we have confirmed your allocated Programme in either Severn or Peninsula we will contact you, along with all other trainees from the current round of recruitment to commence rotation preferencing.

Within your allocated programme your national ranking number will be taken into account alongside the current candidates recruited and used to determine your rotation by matching candidates to their preferences according to ranking.  Direct pathway candidates will rank above those who attended a selection centre.

Statutory deferral

Candidates who defer their start date due to statutory reasons will be guaranteed a place on the training programme originally offered.