Getting into GP training

How to Get into GP Training – Eligibility, Process, Key Dates

The process of applying to GP training for 2023 entry comprises the following stages:

Getting into GP training


Stage 1: Longlisting is based on the submission of your application via the new Oriel. To be longlisted, you need to meet the eligibility criteria. The main ones are:

– Eligible for full registration with the GMC + license to practice by the time you start (not needed at time of application)

– 2 years clinical experience by the time you start training (can be in any country) – e.g. FY1 and FY2, or internship + 1 year at SHO/F2 level

– Evidence of Foundation Year 2 competences (either via the Foundation programme or using the Certificate of Readiness to enter Specialty Training (CREST) – must be the 2021 form for 2022 entry).

Read the FULL eligibility critera in the GP ST1 National Person Specification from the National Recruitment Office site.

Stage 2: Multi-Specialty Recruitment Assessment (MSRA) is a computer based exam comprising both clinical and professional dilemma multiple choice questions.

– Professional dilemma paper – 50 Situational Judgement Test questions in 95 minutes

– Clinical problem solving paper – 97 clinical questions in 75 minutes  You can read more about this paper and how to prepare for it in this article on the MSRA – it includes sample questions for both clinical ans SJT papers.

For 2023 entry, your scores in the MSRA which will determine if you get an offer / where that offer will be – there will NOT be any interview / Stage 3 assessment / selection centre for GP training this year. The MSRA is not a simple pass / fail assessment – it is competitively ranked, and your score makes up 100% of your overall score (50% is the SJT paper, 50% is the clinical paper for 2023 entry). It is important that you start preparing early, so that you can get the best score possible – every mark matters – it could be the difference between getting an offer or not, or help determine whether you get one your top offers or one of your lower preferences.

MSRA revision

Job allocation

Jobs are allocated based on your MSRA scores, your rank in the national ranking, and the areas you select when you applied. Popular areas are very competitive, so if you need to stay in a specific area (so have limited preferences), or a popular area like London, Oxford, KSS, you need to get the best score possible to maximize your chances – just passing the MSRA does not guarantee any job offers or an offer in one of your top preferences.

There are usually two rounds of recruitment each year for GP training – Round 1 (jobs start in August) and Round 2 (jobs start in February)

Dates for Round 2 (currently ongoing) (for jobs starting February 2023)

Round 2 (mostly jobs left unfilled after round 1 – usually 300-500+ jobs, but may be fewer this year due to higher competition in Round 1):

Apply from: 26th July 2022, closing date 16th August 2022
Invitations to book MSRA: By 25th August 2022
MSRA dates (2022): 2nd – 9th September 2022
MSRA results: By 22nd September 2022
Job offers: By 29th September 2022
Hold deadline: 12th October 2022 (1pm)
Upgrade deadline: 14th October 2022 (4pm)
Start date: From 1st February 2023

Dates for Round 1 (jobs starting in August 2023)

Apply from: 3rd November 2022, closing date 1st December 2022
Invitations to book MSRA: By 25th August21st December 2022
MSRA dates (2022): 5th – 17th January 2023
MSRA results: By 10th February 2023
Job offers: March – dates TBC
Hold deadline: 4th April 2023 (1pm)
Upgrade deadline: 11th April 2023 (4pm)
Start date: 2nd August 2023

How can Emedica help you get into the GP Training programme of your choice? We have been helping doctors successfully enter GP training for 17+ years, and can offer support for every stage. Our Getting into GP Training course covers the whole process step by step, and we also have an intensive 2 day MSRA Crammer course, and online revision for the MSRA covering 2100+ clinical and SJT questions with mock exams.

MSRA 2 Day Crammer Course