GP recruitment

Recruitment to GP specialty training is a national process. If you are interested you should visit the National Recruitment Office (NRO) website. Recruitment timelines and criteria are also available on the NRO.

Are you thinking about working in general practice?

General practitioners are specialist physicians trained in the principles of their discipline. They are personal doctors primarily responsible for the provision of comprehensive and continuing care to every individual seeking medical care irrespective of age, culture, sex and illness.

What is it like training in Kent, Surrey and Sussex (KSS)?

GP training in HEE KSS is a three year programme with a combination of GP placements and appropriate hospital posts in the GP school, which is part of the Primary Care Department.

The GP school is the biggest post-Foundation specialty School in KSS with around 266 individual GP training programmes taking place in 12 main GP specialty training programme areas in a wide variety of locations and environments. Programmes are based around an Acute NHS Trust, with placements in various local education providers including Psychiatry Trusts and GP training practices.

Training programmes: 

  • Brighton and Mid Sussex
  • Chertsey
  • Chichester and Worthing
  • Crawley and East Surrey
  • Dartford
  • East Kent
  • East Sussex
  • Epsom
  • Frimley
  • Guildford
  • Maidstone
  • Medway
  • Tunbridge Wells

We have compiled some information about the KSS area, including local knowledge and useful links to the NHS Trusts we work with, on our programme areas webpage.

Summary of information for recruitment

HEE KSS has a responsibility to ensure patient safety by ensuring that hospital departments are not left significantly understaffed as a result of trainee ranking decisions. In such circumstances the capacity of training programmes may be capped to ensure an equitable fill rate across all our programmes.

Subject to satisfactory progression, GP trainees are anticipated to receive Completion of Certificate of Training (CCT). The UK Conference of Postgraduate Medical Deans has put together the Gold Guide with further information on gaining a CCT.

The anticipated length of programme is three years full time. Trainees are expected to undertake six four month placements in ST1 and ST2 (including one or two GP Placements); and one 12-month GP placement in ST3.

GP School employment information

GP trainees will be employed by an Acute Trust linked to the GP training programme. This will be the single employer for GP trainees.

Trainees will be employed under the terms of the current Junior Doctors Contract.

Details on the HEE KSS Relocation policy can be found on the LPMDE website.