This is Training

By training in Wales, you’ll get to choose from dozens of flexible, high quality specialty training programmes and receive support from experienced doctors who can support your development.

Medical Careers in Wales


Innovative training you can count on

Health Education and Improvement Wales (HEIW) operates a wide range of specialty training programmes for you to choose from, with access to teaching programmes, educational and specialised simulation resources. And because we know it takes commitment on both sides to produce the best results, NHS Wales continues to invest in technology to create world‑class educational facilities up and down the country.

Our training arrangements give you more

In Wales, our training arrangements guarantee you access to all the outpatient clinics, theatre sessions, teaching sessions, ward rounds and other educational opportunities you need to hit your training targets and grow into a skilled and confident doctor. And outside hospitals, we have a huge variety of training practices in beautiful rural settings to cosmopolitan cities.

Earn a prestigious fellowship

Development options in Wales include opportunities to train on the highly regarded Welsh Clinical Academic Track (WCAT) fellowship or Welsh Clinical Leadership fellowships. By completing an Academic Fellowship, you’ll be ideally placed to build and lead transitional research from bench to bedside or improvements in the delivery of healthcare in Wales. The leadership opportunities will prepare you for leadership and management roles in the future.


There is a one-off payment for all GP speciality programme trainees in Wales to cover the first sitting of your Clinical Skills Assessment (CSA) and Applied Knowledge Test (AKT). This is available for those starting their first GP training post of their GP scheme in August 2020 and February 2021. 

If you chose to train as a GP in certain areas of Wales, there is a £20,000 targeted incentive providing you stay in the area during training and for one year of practice afterwards. 

For psychiatry core trainees studying in Wales, there is a phased payment of up to £1,900 available to cover the cost of one sitting of your MRCPsych membership exams.

We also offer psychiatry core trainees subsidised training, without compromising on quality. Our MRCPsych course currently cost £100 per year, giving you more financial flexibility to fulfill other educational opportunities.

Flexible options to suit you

Should anything change once your training starts, our flexible training options are here to help you stay on track. The option to train on a less than full-time basis (LTFT) helps you devote time to other areas of your life should anything unexpected happen, or if you plan to undertake development opportunities, or start a family.

Further information about specialty training

GP Training

Internal Medicine Training

Psychiatry Training

Further information

Health Education and Improvement Wales

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As a doctor in Wales, you’ll get the chance to continue the traditions of the NHS in the country of its birth and influence future models of care.

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