Career Break Support

Taking a break in career can be a challenge no matter your role, balancing the motivation for the break in your working life with the drive to continue working in some capacity in the future.

No matter the reason for your career break, the Training Hub can provide opportunities to access advice, support and training to help you before, during and after your absence from work.


Career Break Support Package

Our Career Break Support package includes lots of options to choose from whatever the stage you are at in your career, and is available to any GP taking a break of between 6 and 24 months from General Practice.  The support package includes:

  • 1:1 conversation with a member of our local GP support team for impartial support and advice to address the practical challenges (mandatory)
  • 1:1 coaching and mentoring
  • Group coaching sessions
  • Quarterly KiT sessions
  • Access to a CPD bursary to support the costs of return-to-work CPD (terms and conditions apply)
  • Enhanced Return to Work Induction placements
  • Networking/peer support (including Parental Leave WhatsApp group) to support through time away from work and return to work
  • Relevant support and education available from Training Hub

Types of leave may include (but not limited to):

  • Maternity/Paternity/Adoption
  • Long term sick leave
  • Carers leave
  • Secondment
  • Working abroad

To sign up, please complete and submit the form below. (NB: Applicants must be post CCT.)

Keep in Touch (KiT) Webinar Series

Perhaps you have had time off due to illness or are on maternity or paternity leave and are wondering about the challenges of returning to work? You may be a locum or close to retirement, doing just a few sessions of general practice and would value keeping in touch with colleagues and benefit from some peer support?

This series is aimed at keeping in touch with and providing support to GPs at all stages in their career who for a variety reasons are not practising at the moment, or who are working extremely low volume.

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Return to Work Enhanced Induction Placements

Are you a GP practice interested in a funded short term role supporting GPs who have been out of practice to gain confidence and experience again? Perhaps you are looking to recruit a GP as a partner, salaried doctor or retainer? If so, the Training Hub’s Return to Practice Enhanced Induction could be for you.

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Coaching and Mentoring

Coaching and mentoring is a key professional development tool to support adult reflective learning. C&P Training Hub now has GP mentors to support you in finding your way forward.

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GP & ACP Education Programme

Our programme of monthly GP & ACP Education evening sessions runs from September to July, and includes talks from a range of speakers covering a variety of clinical and non-clinical topics, followed by the opportunity for Q&A.

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Ways you can provide help for primary care

Working as a GP via:

Full time, part time and locum roles advertised on LMC link

Federation shifts in:

Extended access 6.30-8 am /pm

Surge hubs – 2-7pm

OOH providers (HUC)


NHS Return to Practice (RtP) Programme

The NHS GP Return to Practice (RtP) programme provides a safe, supported pathway for qualified GPs to return to NHS General Practice after an absence of more than 2 years. It is designed for GPs who have previously been on the GMC GP Register and NHS England’s Medical Performers List (MPL) and would like to return to work in general practice after a career break, raising a family or time spent working abroad.

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GP Retention Scheme

The National GP Retention Scheme is a package of financial and educational support to help doctors, who might otherwise leave the profession, remain in clinical general practice.

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Cambs LMC

Cambs LMC is a source of reliable and trusted advice and support to the local profession. The LMC advises all GPs and Practice Managers in General Practice.


Practitioner Performance Advice Service

A national organisation which offers advice and has a wide list of support services.


GP Appraisals and Revalidation for Low Volume GPs

RCGP guidance for GPs who are working less than 40 sessions per year of clinical general practice or planning to.


Low Volume Working Template

Visit this NHS web page to download the low volume working template which needs to be completed as part of the appraisal process for those working less than 40 sessions per year.


NHS England ROAN Information Sheet: GP Career Support - Career Break, Returners, Leavers

Resources for experienced GP’s considering their options for the future e.g. planning retirement, considering alternative ways of staying in practice, taking time out for family or a career break or practicing overseas and looking to return to general practice in England.


Wellbeing Support

Wellbeing Resources for GPs

You can find lots of support on our Wellbeing for GPs web page.

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Financial Support

The Cameron Fund

A medical benevolent fund that supports current and retired GPs, as well as their families, in times of financial distress, whether through ill-health, disability, death or loss of employment. This includes those who are already suffering from financial hardship and those who are facing it.

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Royal Medical Benevolent Fund

The RMBF provides support for doctors and their families through all stages of their career and beyond. Their help ranges from financial assistance in the form of grants and loans to a telephone befriending scheme for those who may be isolated and in need of support. Tel: 020 8540 9194 (select option 1) Email:

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