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Wales Deanery

School of Postgraduate Medical and Dental Education
Cardiff University
1st, 8th and 9th Floors Neuadd Meirionnydd, Heath Park
CF14 4YS
Telephone: 02920 687419

Locations in our domain

North West Wales 
• Betsi Cadwaladr University HB includes Glan Clwyd Hospital (Rhyl), Wrexham Maelor Hospital (Wrexham) & Ysbyty Gwynedd (Bangor)
Mid and South West Wales
• Hywel Dda HB includes Bronglais General Hospital (Aberystwyth), Prince Philip Hospital (Llanelli), West Wales General Hospital (Carmarthen) and Withybush Hospital (Haverfordwest)
• Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University HB includes Morriston Hospital (Swansea), Singleton Hospital (Swansea), Neath Port Talbot Hospital (Port Talbot) and Princess of Wales Hospital (Bridgend)
South East Wales
• Cwm Taf HB includes Prince Charles Hospital (Merthyr Tydfil) and Royal Glamorgan Hospital (Llantrisant)
• Cardiff and Vale University HB includes University Hospital of Wales (Cardiff), and Llandough Hospital (Penarth)
• Velindre NHS Trust includes Velindre Hospital (Cardiff)
• Aneurin Bevan HB includes Royal Gwent Hospital (Newport), Nevill Hall Hospital (Abergavenny), and Ysbyty Ystrad Fawr (Hengoed)


When you choose Wales for your medical career you choose superb facili¬ties and well organised Foundation, Speciality or GP Training. You choose a diverse country that will give you a great life style as you build your future career. Wales offers something for everyone, from cosmopolitan towns and cities to stunning coastal locations. With affordable housing and welcoming communities it is an ideal place to achieve a work-life balance. It even has its own language, although it is not necessary to learn it to pursue training, employment or to live here.

Wales is covered by a single Deanery which puts high quality training at the heart of medical careers, from the foundation doctor’s first job, through to speciality training and on to consultant or general practitioner.  The Wales Deanery also holds an award for being the “most family-friendly”. Trainees can indicate regional preferences and are supported by speciality training committees and a network of well-equipped postgraduate education centres. Higher specialist training includes access to CPD opportunities geared to develop your career and prepare you for a future consultant role.

Recruitment timetables for 2014

The first recruitment round for Specialty Training takes place between November 2013 and April 2014. For most specialties applications open around the second week of November. Please see our website for further details for all recruitment rounds.

For General Practice recruitment, applications open from 10am on 12th November 2013 and close at 5pm on 5th December 2013.  Further information about GP Recruitment is available at 

Information regarding how and when to apply is also signposted from our website:

Recruitment responsibilities

The Wales Deanery will be recruiting to the following specialties:       

• Core Surgical Training (CT2 Round 2)
• Core Psychiatry Training (CT2/3 Round 2)
• Medical Microbiology  
• Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery
• Otolaryngology

Trainees wishing to pursue a career in Wales for the following should follow Royal College or Lead Deanery arrangements and timetables: 

• Acute Care Common Stem
• Anaesthetics
• Core and Higher Medical Training
• Core Psychiatry Training (CT1 only)
• Core (CT1 only) and Higher Surgical Training     
• Emergency Medicine
• General Practice
• Higher Psychiatry Training (ST4 Round 3)
• Histopathology
• Intensive Care Medicine
• Obstetrics and Gynaecology
• Ophthalmology (ST1/FTSTA)
• Paediatrics        
• Public Health Medicine
• Radiology

Key personnel 

Trainees with specific queries relating to recruitment to hospital specialties in Wales should contact:
Trainees with specific queries relating to recruitment to general practice training in Wales should contact:
Trainees requiring career guidance or pathway advice should contact:

Recruitment procedures

Vacancies and details of how to apply will appear on the Wales Deanery website at:
Alternatively these links are all signposted from the website:
Advertisements will also be posted in BMJ Careers and Jobcentre Plus

More information

More information on living in Wales and working for the NHS in Wales is available at a dedicated medical careers website at: The website includes videos of doctors talking about their impressions of what it is like to train in their specialty in Wales, and there are links through to more information on each of our seven Health Boards and three NHS Trusts.  There are also insights into the lifestyle benefits of living in Wales and links to the latest GMC training reports.