An NHS Deanery is a regional organisation responsible for all postgraduate medical and dental training within the NHS. In 2013, the restructuring of the NHS in England led to its deaneries being incorporated to new bodies known as Local Education Boards (LETB’s) under one board called Health Education England (HEE).
Each education dean/LETB is overseen by a postgraduate dean, who holds ultimate responsibility for the education and training of all junior doctors in that region.
There are thirteen postgraduate deans in England, four in Scotland, one in Northern Ireland and one in Wales. Each will have an associated area where they are responsible for all trainees but due to the number of trainees in Wales and Northern Ireland, there is only one postgraduate dean for the entire nation.
When you apply for NHS specialty training, you will apply for your desired specialty and your preferred NHS Deanery. You should note that due to the high levels of competition, you will not always receive your first-choice specialty or deanery. Click here for a list of 2018 specialty training competition ratios.
The list of available deaneries can be found here:
East Midlands, West Midlands, East of England, Kent, Surrey & Sussex, London Shared Services, North East, Yorkshire & the Humber, North West, South West, Thames Valley, Wessex, Scotland Deanery, Wales Deanery. Click here to see a full map.
NHS training posts are centred around six strategic themes:
Please be aware that not all specialties are available within each Deanery, so make sure you do your research in order to secure your desired post within your desired specialty.
Click here for our full guide on how to successfully obtain an NHS training post.
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Bma.org.uk. (2019). BMA - Deaneries and HEE local offices. [online] Available at: https://www.bma.org.uk/advice/career/applying-for-training/find-your-deanery [Accessed 6 Dec. 2019].