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NHS Deaneries

  • December 06, 2019

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.

Specialty Training

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:

  • Education to create an excellent workforce
  • Improving quality
  • Reshaping the NHS workforce
  • Responding to new patient pathways
  • Developing innovative educational infrastructure
  • Delivering our aims through a connected organisation

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.

Relocation to the UK

If you are an international doctor who would like support in securing a service post before you apply for an NHS specialty training programme, email your CV to [email protected] and we can support you in securing an NHS post and on your journey to the UK today.

Are you a member of our Facebook Group? When you join IMG Advisor, you will join a community of doctors all looking to relocate to the UK and join the NHS. We post a series of blogs and vlogs into the group every single day. We will also always be on hand to answer all your relocation queries.

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References (2019). BMA - Deaneries and HEE local offices. [online] Available at: [Accessed 6 Dec. 2019].


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