Figures released in the last week show that 91% of GP training places in Wales have so far been filled following a highly successful campaign to promote Wales to doctors

The Welsh Government and NHS Wales launched the “This is Wales: Train, Work, Live” campaign in October 2016, in order to promote Wales as an excellent place for doctors, including GPs, and their families, to train, work and live.

In April, the Health Secretary, Vaughan Gething announced the fill rate for GP training places at the end of round one was 84%, which compared to 68% at the same stage in 2016.

Following the round one re-advert, the fill rate has increased to 91% for 2017 (124 out of 136 posts filled). This compares to a 75% fill rate in 2016.

Trainees will begin their training in August 2017.
Round two, which aims to recruit GP trainees to take up post in February 2018, will open in August 2017.

Commenting on the figures Dawn Bowden AM said:

“As a member of the Assembly’s Health Social Care and Sport Committee I am well aware of how important the recruitment of GPs is to the sustainability of our Welsh NHS. I therefore very much welcome the success of the Welsh Government campaign.

Last month, the Welsh Government and NHS Wales launched the second phase of the This is Wales: Train, Work, Live campaign, targeted at nurses in primary care, secondary care and the care home sector. Future phases of the campaign will target pharmacists and allied health professionals.

Dawn Bowden added:

“I was delighted to be able to support the launch of the Welsh Government Nurse Recruitment Campaign at the Keir Hardie Health Centre, Merthyr Tydfil last month, these positive figures on GP training, following on from that launch, are testimony to the Welsh Government’s commitment to developing local health care teams fit for the future.”