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 potentially 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.
August 2020 Recruitment Information
- WAST Applicants' Guide
- WAST Guide to Registering on the Oriel system
- WAST Guide to applying via Oriel
- WAST Self-Assessment Criteria and Guidance
- The SJT is likely to be available between 2nd - 5th March 2020 at a time of your choosing. You will need to have access to a computer with internet access and a camera in order to take the SJT.
- Supplementary Guidance on the Situational Judgement Test (available by no later than 13th February 2020)
- WAST interview format
- WAST Stem questions (available Thursday 16th April 2020)
- WAST expenses guidance (available in March 2020)
Last Reviewed: 23rd January 2020