Attracting more people into frontline healthcare

Rise in number of people training to be GPs.

Latest recruitment figures show that 92% of all medical training posts advertised in Scotland in 2019 are filled – the highest level for five years.

Data published by NHS Education for Scotland shows that clinical radiology and medical oncology have 100% fill rates, both of which will support the Waiting Times Improvement Plan. They are two of 37 medical specialties in which every place is taken - last year that figure was 29.

The number of people applying to specialise in General Practice has increased with 325 posts filled from the 340 advertised – 33 more than in 2018. In GP training posts which were previously seen as “hard to fill” and are eligible for the £20,000 Scottish Government bursary, the number of applications has risen 21%.

Health Secretary Jeane Freeman said:

“I am delighted that Scotland’s frontline healthcare will see the highest number of trainee GPs in post since 2015. This continues to reflect Scotland’s reputation as a country with a first-class medical education system with flexible training opportunities for our junior doctors.

“It is particularly encouraging to see more GP trainee posts filled in previously “hard to fill” locations thanks to our GP Specialty Training Bursary.

“We recognise that there are still ongoing challenges when it comes to recruiting to certain medical specialties and geographical areas, and we are continuing to address these issues. That is why we are to increase the number of undergraduate places by 22% by 2020/21 and also increase the number of Foundation places across 2021 and 2022.”

Medical Director of NHS Education for Scotland, Professor Rowan Parks, said:

"This is a great tribute to the hard work of consultants and general practitioners across the whole of Scotland, who continue to ensure that doctors training here have a great experience and the best possible training.

"We welcome the continued improvement in fill rates for training posts across Scotland this year. There are many challenges, but everyone involved is working hard to ensure the most attractive and highest quality training environment for Scotland's junior doctors."


Waiting Times Improvement Plan

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