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Recruitment

Training in Scotland

The Scotland Deanery offers programmes in all parts of Scotland. We have five offices based in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Dundee, Aberdeen, and Inverness which cover the whole of Scotland from urban to rural settings and distant islands.

We offer a comprehensive array of programmes across the country so please have a look at Foundation, GP and Specialty Training to get more information on the programmes available for postgraduate training.

Scotland has a long and distinguished history in providing strong academic medical training - find more information about Scottish academic training (SCREDS) scheme.

Details on how to apply to UK recruitment for Foundation, General Practice and Specialty are all on the dedicated recruitment site Scottish Medical Training.

Deferral or Postponement to start of training programme

Currently deferral of training programme start date is only permitted for statutory reasons (ie sick leave/maternity/paternity/adoption leave and ill health). However, on exceptional occasion a short-term postponement may be of benefit to the trainee and training programme.

If you would like to be considered for either a deferral or postponement to start of training programme please carefully read the documents below which detail the eligibility criteria and application process. The general guidance document applies to all trainees however please ensure you also read the correct trainee process dependant upon which programme you have been appointed to. (ie Foundation process or Specialty/Core process). Once you have read the documents you should complete the application form below and follow the steps as per the relevant trainee process.

General Guidance Document

Trainee Process – Speciality/Core

Trainee Process – Foundation

Application Form (pdf or word)

If you have any questions please contact your training programme administrator. You may also wish to review the information on our Trainee Development and Wellbeing service pages. If it would be helpful to speak to one of the Associate Deans who work in the service you can request an appointment by using the contact us forms. There is information about the kind of topics the service might be able to assist you with online, but please be aware that our Associate Deans are unable to help with issues pertaining to Visas or arranging accommodation; matters such as these should be addressed by the relevant HR team dealing with your onboarding. 

Skilled Worker Sponsorship

NHS Education for Scotland (NES) is the Skilled Worker Sponsor for all qualifying Medical Trainees in Scotland.

NHS Education for Scotland is responsible for issuing a Certificate of Sponsorship (COS) to Medical trainees requiring Skilled Worker Sponsorship, on behalf of the trainees' current employer*. The Skilled Worker Certificate of Sponsorship will cover the duration of the training programme only and all rotations, up to a maximum of five years if required for the programme, as per Home Office regulations.

For more information visit the Skilled Worker Sponsorship pages.

Locum Appointments for Training (LAT) Recruitment

For regional or local recruitment for Locum Appointments for Training, visit the NHS Scotland Jobs site. This site has all the LAT or LAS posts offered by the Boards across Scotland.

Scotland and the Scotland Deanery continue to support LAT posts and recognise approved LATs for training as we consider LATs give much valued flexibility essential for service delivery and also provide opportunities for doctors to work within a specialty or area before committing to a national training programme.

LATs are normally recruited to cover maternity leave or for trainees going out of programme for up to two years. It is vital that LAT appointments are made to the same standards as national recruitment so that you can have the period of the LAT count towards the award of a Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT).

LAT appointees should recieve training and supervision to allow them to receive a successful outcome at the end of their appointment.

LAT appointments in Scotland have NES as their designated body, and Prof. Emma Watson, Executive Medical Director (or delegate) as their Responsible Officer (RO) for revalidation purposes. Further information is found on the Revalidation page. As a LAT, you are required to complete the annual declarations and maintain the same evidence as trainees with NTNs.

Applicants for LAT posts, and Health Boards looking to recruit, should read the LAT Recruitment Policy for guidance to ensure they meet all Deanery requirements. This policy is based on the Gold Guide v6, Feb 2016.

Advice on Skilled Worker sponsorship for approved training posts can be obtained from the NES Sponsorship Team

Details on how to apply to UK recruitment for Foundation, General Practice and Specialty are all on the dedicated recruitment site Scottish Medical Training.

For regional or local recruitment for Locum Appointments for Training, visit the  NHS Scotland Jobs site. This site has all the LAT or LAS posts offered by the Boards across Scotland.

This page was last updated on: 21.08.2023 at 13.08


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