New GP return to practice scheme launched nationally
A new scheme to get doctors into general practice has been launched with the backing of the Royal College of General Practitioners, NHS England, Health Education England and the BMA.
The Induction and Refresher scheme is designed to support GPs who have previously been in practice to introduce them back into the workforce.
It will provide an opportunity for GPs who have previously been on the GMC Register and on the NHS England National Performers List, to safely return to general practice after a career break, raising a family or time spent working abroad. It also supports the safe introduction of overseas GPs who have qualified outside the UK and have no previous NHS experience.
The new scheme will standardise pre-existing schemes providing a consistent single point of contact, via the GP National Recruitment Office, to guide doctors through the system. Doctors will also be able to apply from overseas, before they either return or come to the UK. The scheme will offer a bursary of £2,300 per month and participants will be given a supervised placement in general practice. The placements will be tailored to the needs of doctors to ensure they have the confidence and knowledge needed to be a GP.