Career Opportunities

Somerset along with the rest of Health Education South West (HESW) offer a wide range of opportunities that are not available elsewhere. As well as training in a beautiful part of the country by a team of dedicated GP trainers and educators, there are many other prospects on offer. These can all make you stand out from the crowd when applying for future positions, and can provide links with different areas to develop your portfolio.


In Somerset we offer HESW scholarship programmes during ST3 which extend your training by 1 to 3 months, allowing you to have time off during the work week to work in a number of different areas. The purpose of these roles is to;

  • Offer the opportunity to develop understanding and skills in different areas
  • Disseminate excellence throughout the GP training programme
  • Develop skills to further careers and develop interests for a portfolio career
  • Make links with local organisations and individuals across the county
  • Allow the chance to attend many career-developing courses as part of individual scholarships

There is a chance to further your interest in areas such as; Leadership, Education, Substance Misuse, Public Health, Dementia, Health Inequalities, Sustainability and Social Media.

You can find more information about these on the Severn Deanery website:

Global Health Placements

HESW provide a number of Global Health fellowships for GP Specialty Trainees, facilitated through out partner Africa Health Placements. Applications are made at the same time as the applications to GP training, through the National Recruitment process.

GP Leadership and Excellence Training Extensions

We are now offering trainees the chance to gain experience and skills in leadership and change management by embarking on a Leadership Programme. The focus of these projects has been around health initiatives and important changes to service have been achieved in areas such as Dementia Care and Troubled Families, this years LEETs have been working towards workforce projects to boost GP numbers.

Posts are advertised to current Severn/Peninsula ST3s as a one year extension as a GP LEET.  Recruitment is based on structured criteria, designed to reward excellence.