GP trainee recruitment improving – parts of the country still struggling
13th September 2016
Parts of the country still struggle to fill their GP training posts for this year, though figures have suggested that overall recruitment levels have improved.
Nationally, the number of GP trainee posts filled after the first round of recruitment have surpassed last year’s total. But as recruitment has continued, wide variations in uptake are beginning to show. In London, 99% of GP trainee posts have been filled and in Thames Valley no vacancies remain - matching their uptake for 2015. The East Midlands, which was left with nearly a third of its available GP training posts vacant after recruitment finished last year, has seen a sharp turnaround in 2016 with 87% of posts now filled.
But while some areas have shown marked improvement this year, others continue to lag behind. The North East deanery has filled just over half (54%) of its overall places. In 2015 the region struggled more than any other to fill GP training posts, with more than a third remaining vacant. Yorkshire and the Humber deanery is also trailing behind its 2015 fill rate, with around 67% filled so far compare to a 90% fill rate last year.
The RCGP earlier this year hailed a ‘turning tide’ for GP trainee recruitment as early data showed a spike in uptake. A Health Education England spokeswoman stressed the latest vacancy figures are indicative only.