More posts for trainee doctors

Funding for Foundation Training.

Scotland’s medical workforce will be bolstered by 105 more places by 2022 for new graduates on the Foundation Training programme.

Medical students graduate from medical school after five years and move in to a two-year Foundation Training programme.

The first 51 training posts will be available under this scheme in 2021 for students to continue their training to become qualified doctors.

During a visit to meet doctors currently at Glasgow Royal Infirmary, Health Secretary Jeane Freeman said:

“With a programme that is 99% full, our Foundation training is a testament to the popularity of Scotland as a training destination and the high quality education we offer.

“We need confident, skilled and committed doctors to meet the needs of patients, particularly as we face an ageing population with multiple conditions.

“With the offer of an exceptional quality of life for young doctors in Scotland, I am committed to providing attractive training and career prospects to ensure as many medical graduates from Scottish medical schools stay in Scotland to train, progress and realise their career ambitions.”

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Chief Executive Jane Grant added:

”Our junior doctors are a valuable part of our clinical team and we are delighted to be part of this new initiative to increase the medical workforce, through the delivery of excellence.”


The Scottish Government has been increasing medical undergraduate places since 2016 – with the number of these student posts set to rise by 190 by 2021.

The new training places announced today will accommodate the first of these 190 graduates.

These additional Foundation posts will create a greater range of placements for trainee doctors particularly in general practice, psychiatry and in remote or rural parts of Scotland.

There are around 7,500 Foundation trainees in the UK – with around 1,700 Foundation trainees in Scotland. Around 850 of these finish Foundation year 2 and are then eligible to apply to specialty training.

After Foundation year 1, trainees can register with the General Medical Council (GMC) and are therefore employable as doctors in the UK.


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