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03 August 2018
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What is the ICGP's policy regarding the allocation of GP training places?

The ICGP received confirmation the HSE national policy regarding the allocation of GP training places, after the online application opened on 14 October. Applicants are encouraged to review the revised policy below. 


Allocation of Places on Specialist Training Programmes

In order to comply with national policy relating to the recruitment, training, retention and development of specialist medical practitioners, it has been determined that the following process will apply to the recruitment and selection of new specialist trainees:

  1. Available specialist training places will be allocated by the [name of training body] in the first instance to those candidates who at the time of application are citizens of Ireland or nationals of another Member State of the European Union. This includes non-nationals of a Member State but who are family members of nationals of a Member State and have the right of residence or permanent residence (i.e holders of IRP Stamp 4 EUFAM or holders of IRP Stamp 4 by virtue of marriage or dependency*).
  1. All such appointments will be made in order of merit, and are subject to the applicant meeting the conditions and standards prescribed by [name of training body]. 
  1. Should training places on the specialist training programme remain unfilled following the initial round where qualified candidates (as outlined above) are offered training places, the [name of training body] may allocate any remaining training places to candidates who at the time of application were otherwise qualified save for meeting the condition specified in paragraph 1 above. 
  1. All offers made under paragraph 3 above will be made in order of merit, and are subject to an applicant meeting the conditions and standards prescribed by [name of training body].
  1. To manage this allocation process, all applicants at the time of application are required to submit to the [name of training body] a colour copy of their passport. The colour copy submitted must be legible and include the passport identity page. Where appropriate, applicants should submit a copy of their Certificate of Naturalisation as issued by the Department of Justice and Equality if such is required for an applicant to be considered as a candidate specified in paragraph 1 above.
  1. An applicant's citizenship status is a matter entirely between the applicant and the relevant national authorities. The [name of training body] will not entertain or take account of applications for naturalisation that are pending with the relevant authorities. All required evidence must be provided at the time of application. 

*Please note that IRPStamp4 is awarded in a number of different circumstances - for the purposes of this guidance, only holders of IRPStamp4 that are based on marriage to an Irish person or dependents of a non-Irish National who is themselves married to an Irish person are eligible to be considered in the initial allocation of training places as outlined in points 1 &2 above. Holders of IRP Stamp 4 on any other basis are eligible to apply, however these will not be included in the allocation of training places in the first instance as per points 1 and 2 above.

It is the responsibility of the Stamp 4 applicant to supply the training body with documentation requested by the training body to satisfy that the applicant meets the criteria within the time frames set by the training body. Such documentation may include (but is not limited to) some of the following: evidence of IRPstamp4EUFAM / IRPstamp 4, passport of spouse indicating nationality, valid marriage certificate, valid birth certificate.

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