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 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.

Future Rounds of Recruitment

We expect to advertise the scheme again in early 2020. Interviews are expected to take place in April 2020.

Please register your interest using this online form.

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Last Reviewed: 05.12.19