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Vacancy ID: HENW/19-20/PWY/0167876918/052/800-2-R2A 
Staff group: Medical
Grade (Places): LAS (50)
Post type: LAS
Post commencing from:
February 2020 
Recruitment lead: Health Education England - North West
Recruiting for: England
Recruitment model:
Nationally Led and Operated 
Opening date: Tuesday 18 June 2019 10:00
Closing date: Wednesday 17 July 2019 16:00
Enquiries email:
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Widening Access to Specialty Training (WAST): start your medical career in the NHS. 

The Widening Access to Specialty Training (WAST) scheme is a 12-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 

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. It is anticipated that doctors completing the scheme are able to better understand how to deliver good quality care in the NHS. 

On successful completion of the programme, subject to satisfactory progression, we anticipate that you will be able to demonstrate Foundation Competences, evidenced by a fully completed Certificate of Readiness to Enter Specialty Training (formerly known as an Alternative Certificate of Foundation Competence). This will allow applicants to apply for any specialty training programme at ST1/CT1 level in the UK, including General Practice and Core Psychiatry Training. 

Applicants must: 

- register for Oriel (see guidance under the ‘Documents’ tab) 

·  submit an application for this vacancy before the closing date of Wednesday 17th July 2019 at 10am UK time (see guidance under the ‘Documents’ tab) 

Please refer to the person specification for full entry criteria (available under the ‘Documents’ tab). You should note that: 

 - you will need to possess full GMC registration with a licence to practise by the start date of the post (and be able to provide evidence of this by 30th October 2019 if you wish to start in February 2020) and 

·  you should not currently be able to demonstrate full Foundation Competence 

·  you should not already have more than 24 months’ clinical experience in the UK 

All participating Health Education England (HEE) Local Offices use the same eligibility requirements, assessment methods and appointability criteria to ensure the process is fair, transparent and equitable. The process involves: 

 - A standardised application, longlisting and shortlisting process and 

·  A standardised interview/selection process 

Rolling start dates are offered, typically February and August of each year. If found appointable, you will be added to the WAST 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. For this round of recruitment, the potential start dates are February 2020, August 2020 and February 2021. 

Financial relocation support package is available for suitably qualified applicants moving to the UK from overseas.

Application process 

Please make sure you refer to the person specification and other documents available under the ‘Documents’ tab before beginning your application. 

Once you have done this, you must 

 - register for Oriel (see guidance under the ‘Documents’ tab) 

·  submit an application for this vacancy before the closing date of Wednesday 17th July 2019 at 10am UK time (see guidance under the ‘Documents’ tab) 

Longlisting & Shortlisting Process 

The WAST Recruitment team will carry out a central process of longlisting to ensure that applicants meet the essential eligibility requirements.  

If the number of eligible applicants exceeds the limited number of interview slots available, a shortlisting stage will be introduced. A clinician-led shortlisting panel will convene to consider the ‘desirable’ criteria listed on the Person Specification. Applicants will then either be invited to attend an interview or placed on a waiting list.

Interview Process 

Interviews will be held at Etihad Stadium in Manchester, UK between 3rd – 5th September 2019. 

It is anticipated that there will be 3 stations, as follows: 

 - Psychiatry Clinical Scenario – Interaction with patient (10 minutes) 

·  Psychiatry Debrief Station (12 minutes) 

 - Part 1 – 5 minutes: you will be asked to reflect on your interaction with the patient in the previous station. 

·  Part 2 – 7 minutes: You will be provided with a short clinical scenario to read during the station and then asked questions based on the scenario. The topic is self-harm. 

Acute Clinical Scenario (12 minutes): You will be given time ahead of the station starting to read a scenario. The panel will ask you to answer questions based on the scenario during the station.  

Start dates for posts will be Wednesday 5th February 2020, Wednesday 5th August 2020 or Wednesday 3rd February 2021

Post Information 

WAST posts are at an equivalent level to Foundation Year 2 doctors. 

WAST posts are only available in the most undoctored areas of England. We are currently funding WAST posts in the following three regions of England (see WAST prospectus under the ‘Documents’ tab) 

• Yorkshire and the Humber (various areas) 

• West Midlands (Shrewsbury & Telford) 

• Wessex (Dorset, Isle of Wight, Hampshire) 

We may also be able to offer posts in other areas listed below, but there are likely to be fewer opportunities in these areas.

- East of England 

- Kent, Surrey and Sussex 

·  North East 

·  North West 

·  South West 

Further Information 

Information regarding payscales, please refer to the NHS Employers website. Posts in England will come under the “new terms and conditions of service (TCS)” and the starting salary is expected to be £31,422 (equivalent to the Foundation Year 2 salary). 


Financial relocation support package is available for suitably qualified applicants moving to the UK from overseas. 

Eligibility Information 

Before applying, please read the person specification?(available under the ‘Documents’ tab) to assess your suitability for the post. Please note that the person specification has been updated ahead of this round of recruitment. 

In order to assess whether or not you have the requisite competences or equivalent, refer to the applicants guide (available under the ‘Documents’ tab).

Please note if you can already demonstrate full Foundation Competence or you have more than 24 months’ clinical experience in the UK, then this scheme is not aimed at you, and you should instead consider applying to specialty training -https://specialtytraining.hee.nhs.uk/Recruitment/Application-guidance. 

If you are unable to get full GMC registration by the start date of the post, then you should instead consider applying for the UK Foundation Programme to start in August 2020, details here -http://www.foundationprogramme.nhs.uk/sites/default/files/2018-12/UKFP%202020%20Application%20Process%20Key%20Dates.pdf.  

Eligibility Criteria for recruitment to Widening Access to Specialty Training 2019 – Immigration Requirements 

You are eligible to be considered for Widening Access to Specialty Training, if 

- You are a UK or EEA national 

- You are a non-UK or non-EEA national and your immigration status allows you to work without restriction in the UK.? For example, if you have Tier 1 or dependent status, and no restriction against working as a doctor or dentist in training 

·  You are a non-UK or non-EEA national who has limited leave to remain in the UK and do not fall into one of the above categories.? You will require Tier 2 sponsorship and will be subject to the RLMT 

·  You are a non-UK or non-EEA national, you graduated from a UK medical or dental school, your immigration status currently entitles you to work in the Foundation Programme and where you would have previously been eligible for Tier 1 (PSW).? You will need to apply for Tier 2 sponsorship, but you will be exempt from the Resident Labour Market Test (RLMT) in this instance. 

·  Applicants who are subject to the RLMT may only be considered if there is no suitable UK or EEA national candidate for the post. 

·  Evidence of immigration status should normally consist of a biometric residence card, date stamped passport, and accompanying letter from the Home Office.? Please visit their website for more information. 

Tier 2 Certificate of Sponsorship (formerly a Work Permit) 

Applications from job seekers who require Tier 2 sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. However, non-EEA candidates may not be appointed to a post if a suitably qualified, experienced and skilled EU/EEA candidate is available to take up the post as the employing body is unlikely, in these circumstances, to satisfy the Resident Labour Market Test. The UK Visas and Immigration department requires employers to complete this test to show that no suitably qualified EEA or EU worker can fill the post.? For further information please visit the UK Visas and Immigration website.