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GP Trainee Recruitment FAQs

Please browse our list of frequently asked questions.

Details of the 2021 GP trainee recruitment process will be available online in early Autumn. If you have specific queries not addressed in the FAQ or would like your name added to the list of those interested in receiving information on the process please email –

All of the information currently online relates to the 2020 GP trainee recruitment process. There may be changes for the 2021 process. 

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Am I eligible for the Trainee Division of the Irish Medical Council register?

The NCHD contract requires all junior doctors participating in a structured training programme to hold trainee specialist division registration. » read more

Am I required to have English Language competency certification?

The ability to communicate clearly with patients and colleagues is a key requirement for all healthcare professionals. » read more

Are FY1 & FY2 applicants eligible to apply?

Applications from doctors in Foundation Yr. 1 at the time of applying will not be deemed eligible for the 2019 recruitment process. » read more

Are Skype interviews available?

A limited number of Skype interviews will be available as part of the 2020 GP trainee recruitment process. » read more

Are there declarations on the ICGP application form?

Applicants are required to indicate True or False to declaration 2, 3 and 4 on the online application and, if called to interview, applicants will be asked to sign a copy of the declarations at the interview centre. » read more

Can I arrange to swap training posts with a colleague on another GP training scheme?

There is currently no process to swap training posts with a colleague on another training scheme. » read more

Can I defer a training place?

No, offers made as part of the 2020 recruitment process are for commencement in July 2019. There is no option to defer a training place. » read more

Does the ICGP have a detailed person specification?

Click here to view the 2020 specification » read more

How many GP trainees were recruited in 2019?

The table below shows the numbers recruited in 2019. » read more

I do not have IMC registration. How can I get an IMC reference number?

It is necessary to apply to the IMC for registration. » read more

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