The General Practice Fellowship is an NHS England funded 2-year programme of support for newly qualified GPs and GPNs beginning careers in General Practice.

NHS-E and HEE have confirmed funding for entry onto the scheme until 2023. (The scheme is different from all previous GP fellowship schemes, some of which continue to run in parallel.)

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Training Hub is delivering the General Practice Fellowship scheme to help practices attract, support and retain tomorrow’s clinical team to meet patients’ needs.

Who is it for?

The General Practice Fellowship scheme is open to any newly qualified GP or GPN who:

  • qualified within the last 12 months (rolling)
  • is employed in a Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Practice in a substantive post

Application and funding is via the employing practice (there is no funding direct to fellows).

Aims

The scheme:

  • Aims to encourage newly qualified GPs and Nurses to take up substantive posts in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough practices
  • Assists with their transition from training to fully embedded roles
  • Supports practices in recruiting and meeting the learning needs of their newly qualified GPs and Nurses
  • Includes a financial contribution to practices to allow newly qualified GPs and Nurses to engage with education, mentoring and peer networking

Highlights for fellows:

  • A structured and supported local induction programme
  • Protected weekly learning time
  • Access to the regional education programme and in practice learning, with protected learning time
  • A named in-house mentor with protected mentoring time (CPTH will provide mentorship training for staff who are not already coaches, mentors or educators)

Why should my practice get involved?

The new NHS contract committed to a universal two year offering for all new GPs and Nurses of a supported start to their clinical careers, with time for learning and peer education and support programmes. The General Practice Fellowship is the first step towards this and provides a structured induction, support and educational programme for up to 24 months from starting, to help attract, recruit and retain GPs and Nurses.

Benefits to Practice

GPs:

  • A Salaried GP/Partner rather than a locum
  • Financial grant to practice for backfill to support time to learn and in-practice mentor support for each new to practice professional (now increased to £7,200 per fellow per year)
  • Access to mentor development programme (TH will provide mentorship training for staff who are not already coaches, mentors or educators)
  • Support with recruitment
  • Improved retention in first 2 years of work
  • Grow your own future GPs – in house professional development to meet your organisation’s needs

 

GPNs:

  • New Nurses in Primary Care
  • Financial grant to practice for backfill to support time to learn and in-practice mentor support for each newly qualified Nurse
  • Mentoring for new to practice nurses
  • Funded Fundamentals training in year 1
  • Funded specialist training module in year 2
  • Support with recruitment
  • Improved retention in first 2 years of work
  • Grow your own future nursing team

How to apply

Application is via the employing practice only. Please click the link below to complete a simple online application form if you are a GP practice within Cambridgeshire and Peterborough and you are interested in signing up:

  • A salaried GP who qualified in the last 12 months (employed in a substantive post)
  • A practice nurse who completed their training within the last 12 months
  • Your practice ‘in principle’ pending recruitment

If you don’t yet have an eligible clinician but would like to apply for the scheme in principle, you should still complete an application form (leaving out the Fellows details), so that we can add you to our list of participating practices and pass your details to any prospective Fellows who contact us.

On receipt, we will verify the application and notify you of the outcome. If successful, you will be sent a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) which must be signed and returned to the Training Hub via email to candptraininghub@nhs.net

(Please note if we are oversubscribed we reserve the right to allocate on the greatest workforce need.)

ONLINE APPLICATION

Funding

There is no funding direct to fellows. Practices will receive a financial grant contribution towards backfill to allow each fellow to engage with education, mentoring and peer networking.

Payment will be quarterly in advance and once a signed MOU is in place, you will be provided with an Invoice Schedule detailing the quarterly payments that you will need to invoice to the Training Hub.

More information for prospective Fellows

If you are a newly qualified GP or GPN (within the last 12 months) who is interested in the General Practice Fellowship scheme, you can find more information here:

READ MORE about the fellowship for GPs

READ MORE about the fellowship for Nurses

More information for Practices

We’ll be publishing a new information pack shortly. In the meantime please do get in touch with us via our Contact Form with any questions or to register your interest in the Fellowship, you can email us at candptraininghub@nhs.net or telephone 01733 666670.

Maternity Leave

The fellowship will be “paused” for the duration of maternity leave, and recommenced on return to work. Access to educational programme offerings may change depending on the current programme available at the time.

Backfill funding for GPs will be reserved for the fellow for maximum of 2 years (at the rate in effect on date of joining the Fellowship Scheme), paid in 8 quarterly payments, with adjustments made on pausing the scheme.

GP Fellows remain welcome to attend any of the F5 training/peer group learning through the duration of their maternity leave, as part of Keep in Touch days, or in their own time.

Long-term Sick Leave

We may offer a discretionary pause in the fellowship in the event of medium to long term sick leave (4 weeks or longer), please contact us to discuss if required.