Widening Access to Specialty Training (WAST) Recruitment

Positions are now available for doctors to work and train in the NHS. The Widening Access to Specialty Training (WAST) Scheme is a twelve month programme based in England that will typically involve:

  • Up to 12 months in acute hospital specialties with potentailly 4-6 months in psychiatry
  • Two week taster session in a GP practice
  • Taster sessions in a mental health setting if required

The WAST scheme is ideal for doctors wanting to become a General Practitioner (family) doctor or Psychiatrist in England. This is an opportunity to work for a year in England while receiving regular teaching and clinical exposure that will help to improve the skills and competences required for admission to specialty training through the national selection processes.

Rolling start dates are offered, typically February and August of each year. If found appointable, you will be added to the WAST talent pool for a post in your preferred location at one of these entry points. Applicants may remain in the WAST talent pool for up to 18 months after their original assessment date. If you are not placed after this time, you will need to re-apply to the WAST process.

For the March 2019 interviews, posts will start in either August 2019, February 2020 or August 2020. A later start date will give you longer to obtain full GMC registration, and if required pass PLAB and/or IELTS or OET.

Upcoming Round: March 2019 Interviews for the August 2019, February 2020 and August 2020 Start

Applying for the upcoming round of recruitment

To be considered for this round of recruitment, you will need to submit both an up-to-date CV and the March 2019 Interviews Application Form (see above) by Thursday 14th February 2019 at 4pm (UK Time). 

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Last Reviewed: Tuesday 6th November 2018