Medical trainee recruitment rising

Nearly 90% of medical training places filled

Monday 8th July 2019

Nearly 90% of all medical training places in Scotland have been filled, representing the highest level for five years, latest recruitment figures show.

Foundation training places for the two years after medical school are currently 99% full, and speciality areas of clinical radiology, paediatrics and general surgery places are completely full.

In core psychiatry, 41 of 57 advertised posts have been filled – a rate of 72%.

The Scottish Government is working with the Royal College of Psychiatrists, health boards and medical schools to ensure this continues to improve.

Health Secretary Jeane Freeman says the results are “very encouraging” and show Scotland’s reputation as a “country with a first-class medical education system”.

“We recognise that there are still on-going challenges when it comes to recruiting to certain medical specialities and geographical areas, and we are continuing to address these issues,” she adds.

“The £20,000 Scottish Government bursary for GP speciality training posts continues to play a part in directing trainees into hard-to-fill locations across Scotland, with 71% of bursary-eligible posts filled so far.”

Professor Stewart Irvine of NHS Education for Scotland says: “We welcome the continued improvement in fill rates for training posts across Scotland this year and, once again, many of our training programmes are completely filled following recruitment.

“This is a great tribute to the hard work of consultants and general practitioners across the whole of Scotland, who continue to ensure that doctors training here have a great experience and the best possible training.

“It is particularly encouraging that our core training programmes in surgery and internal medicine have been completely filled following the investment we have made in the redevelopment of these programmes.”