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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.

Medical careers in Wales



Uphold the past & shape the future

When Aneurin Bevan established the NHS in 1948, he did so on the principles of equality of access and the service being based on need, not on the ability to pay. By taking on a role that promises access to key decision-makers, you’ll be able to continue these traditions and shape the services you provide.

One career, many paths

A career in Wales gives you the chance to work at the cutting edge of medicine in a variety of environments. From creating artificial limbs with 3D printing to working as a rural GP; taking part in pioneering university research to joining a Mountain Medicine team. There’s plenty to get excited about whatever your preferred direction.

Develop the way you want

NHS Wales is fully committed to helping you shape your career the way you want. So whether it’s a comprehensive choice of CPD courses, structured appraisal from senior doctors, flexible working options or the chance to experience a range of exciting environments, there’s almost unlimited potential for you explore the things that interest you most and discover a rewarding career in a way that suits your lifestyle.

World-class research, world-class resources

Wales is home to six university health boards, a teaching health board and three trusts, each contributing to a well-earned reputation for international-standard research. This means that when you bring your career to Wales, you’ll be able to fall back on a superb range of resources to help you with your work.

A lifetime of progress

By joining the NHS in Wales, you’ll discover a culture where we never stop learning, where skills and knowledge are shared openly, and where your personal development is a high priority – after all, we understand that true fulfilment comes from the bigger picture.

Relocation support

Wales offers comprehensive relocation packages, and if you’re a year 1 foundation doctor, you’re entitled to free accommodation whatever part of Wales you choose. We also offer lots of family-friendly benefits, including childcare voucher schemes, work-life balance policies and on-site crèche facilities.

A warm welcome back

If you have left practice, or have been practicing outside of Wales, we will talk you through the opportunities available and support you in starting on the next stage of your career, including paying for your assessments should you join us.

You can find information on refresher training here (external link)


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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.

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