91% of GP training places in Wales have so far been filled following a highly successful campaign to promote Wales to doctors, Welsh Labour's Health Secretary, Vaughan Gething has announced.
The Welsh Labour 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 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.
The new financial incentive scheme in targeted areas of Wales has resulted in 100% fill rates in the following GP training schemes:
- North Wales West
- North Wales East
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.
Last month, the Welsh Labour 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.