Widening Access to Specialty Training (WAST) Recruitment

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.


The WAST scheme is currently under review so there will be no recruitment any earlier than August 2022 start dates, and potentially not until February 2023 start dates.


Therefore we would strongly recommend looking at other routes into specialty training. Information about the Standalone Foundation Programme can be found on the following link: F2 Stand Alone, Foundation Programme.


Further information about training can also be found on the HEE Specialty Training website.


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 Last Reviewed: Friday 23rd July 2021