Widening Access to Specialty Training (WAST) recruitment

The Widening Access to Specialty Training (WAST) scheme is a 12-month programme based in England.

It's designed to help improve the skills and competences required for admission to Specialty Training.

Important: Important

The WAST scheme is currently under review so there will be no recruitment any earlier than August 2022 start dates, and potentially not until February 2023 start dates.

We strongly recommend looking at other routes into specialty training, for example the F2 Stand-alone Foundation programme.

The WAST scheme typically involves:

  • up to 12 months in acute hospital specialties with potentially 4 to 6 months in psychiatry
  • 2-week taster session in a GP practice
  • taster sessions in a mental health setting if required

The WAST scheme is ideal for doctors wanting to become a General Practitioner (family) doctor or psychiatrist in England.

This is an opportunity to work for a year in England while receiving regular teaching and clinical exposure that will help to improve the skills and competences required for admission to specialty training through the national selection processes.

If you would like to register for updates on the WAST scheme, please join our mailing list.

Widening Access to Specialty Training (WAST) Recruitment


Page last reviewed: 1 March 2022

Widening Access to Specialty Training (WAST) Recruitment