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Specialist roles

Specialist doctor posts are created by employers in response to local service needs, and individual person specifications and job plans are created accordingly. Posts are advertised externally and appointed through open competitions.

Entry criteria

Specialist doctors (new contract) must have at least 12 years’ post-graduate experience in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, and 10 years’ experience in Scotland, at least six of which must be in the relevant specialty. They need to meet the criteria set out in the generic capabilities framework for specialist grade developed by the AoMRC, BMA and NHS employers.


The below resources are both for specialist doctors, and for specialty doctors interested in specialist doctor posts.

Specialist grade person specification:

Specialist post contracts:

Support for specialist doctors:

Resources for employers of specialist posts: