Specialty and GP training

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11 / 7 / 2014 Midnight

Specialty or GP training is the stage of medical training following on from the two-year Foundation Programme. Successful completion of specialty or GP training will mean entry is granted to the GMC's Specialist Register, or GP Register. The structure of postgraduate medical education may change in the future as a result of the Shape of Training review.

Information for applicants

Information for potential applicants is made available on the HEE Specialty Training website in England. Each year an applicant guide is published, providing information for junior doctors on where to find details of training programme vacancies, eligibility criteria, advice on submitting applications, what to expect at interview and the agreed standards for dealing with offers of programme places.

Help for trainees in deciding their career pathway is available through the Medical Careers website.

Overseas applicants

Overseas applicants are advised to check their eligibility and career opportunities in line with advice provided in our guidance for International Medical Graduates.

The Gold Guide

This guidance, published by the four U.K. health departments details a wealth of information on specialty training, structures, progression, standards, ARCP and many more areas vital to the management of junior doctors. The Fifth edition (published 2014) is titled 'A Reference Guide for Postgraduate Specialty Training in the UK' and can be downloaded from the Health Education England (HEE) website.

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