Cambridgeshire and Peterborough GP Support Hub

The GP Support Hub has been developed to deliver local schemes and initiatives that will enable GPs to remain in clinical general practice, through promoting new ways of working and offering additional support.

The Hub is an easy way for GPs to access information, identify learning opportunities and access support on careers or personal development.

Our aim is to support and develop local GPs, with varying experience levels, to increase resilience, support peer networks and create positive engagement across the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough health system to enable better patient care for the population.

We know that the first 5 years of practice after obtaining the Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT) is an exciting time putting learning into practice but it can also be full of challenges as you adjust. Here are some opportunities available to you.

Training Opportunities

We have developed a suite of training and education programmes to support our First 5 GPs within the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough region.

To review our upcoming events please click here.

Next Generation GP

Next Generation GP is aimed at supporting and encouraging the development of emerging leaders and future ‘change-makers’ in GP trainees and early career GPs (first 5-7 years) with an interest in health policy and the wider NHS.

In 2018 we supported up to 50 new leaders on a local Cambridge programme and we are seeking to support another cohort in 2019.

To find out more visit: http://nextgenerationgp.wixsite.com/2017

RCGP First 5 Scheme

The RCGP has an established ‘First 5’ scheme, an initiative to support GPs in the first five years after qualifying – post MRCGP through to revalidation.

Members can benefit from access to mentors, networking, and education. For full details can be found here: https://www.rcgp.org.uk/First5

Post CCT GP Fellowships

Health Education England’s (HEE) Post CCT GP seeks to support newly qualified and First 5 GPs transition into their first few years of general practice.

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough are actively engaged with this national scheme. To find out more, please click here.

Peer Support Networks

We are working with the RCGP East Anglia Faculty to support the formation of First 5 peer support groups within each locality.

For further details of upcoming First 5 networking events, please click here.

As an experienced GP, you may be considering how you would like to develop your career – perhaps taking on more leadership responsibility or developing a speciality.  Here are some opportunities available to you.

Training Opportunities

We have developed a suite of training and education programmes to support our Mid-Career GPs within the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough region.

To review our upcoming events please click here.

GP Education

Many GPs consider the possibility of extending their role and becoming a GP educator, either at undergraduate, Foundation level or as a trainer of GP trainees.

Health Education England East of England (HEE EoE) can guide you to develop the knowledge, skills and attitude of a competent teacher.

Full details can be on how to become a GP educator can be found here:  https://heeoe.hee.nhs.uk/general_practice/gp-educators/becoming-educator-primary-care

NHS Leadership Academy

The academy’s philosophy is simple great leadership development improves leadership behaviours and skills.  Better leadership leads to better patient care, experience and outcomes.

Courses in primary care leadership are locally led and vary across the region.  For more information and to enquire about what’s available in your area visit: https://www.leadershipacademy.nhs.uk/

General Practice Improvement Leads Programme

The programme incorporates interactive training workshops, personal reading and reflection, and action learning as participants lead a change project in their own workplace.

Participants gain new perspectives, skills and confidence in using improvement science in general practice, and leading colleagues and teams through change.

Free places are provided on the General Practice Improvement Leads programme from our Time for Care team.

For more information and to enquire about what’s available in your area visit: https://www.england.nhs.uk/gp/gpfv/redesign/gpdp/capability/

Perhaps you’re taking time out for family, on a career break or practicing overseas, and would like to plan your return to general practice. Here are some opportunities available to you.

Training Opportunities

We have developed a suite of training and education programmes to support our Returner GPs within the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough region.

To review our upcoming events please click here.

Induction and Refresher Scheme

The scheme provides a safe, supported and direct route for qualified GPs to join or return to NHS general practice.

It is designed for GPs who have previously been on the GMC Register and NHS England’s Medical Performers List (MPL) and would like to return to general practice after a career break, raising a family or time spent working abroad.

Please see the national brochure here:  https://www.gpreturner.nhs.uk/return-to-practice-brochure-2019.pdf

For more information including how to apply, please visit our local HEE office:  https://heeoe.hee.nhs.uk/general_practice/gp-induction-and-refresher-scheme

National GP Retention Scheme

The scheme is aimed at doctors who are seriously considering leaving or have left general practice due to personal reasons, approaching retirement or requiring greater flexibility.

The scheme supports both the retained GP and the practice employing them by offering financial support, providing greater flexibility and educational support.

For more information including how to apply, please visit our local HEE office:  https://heeoe.hee.nhs.uk/general_practice/gp-retention-scheme

As a highly experienced GP, you may be looking for more flexible ways of working to achieve a better work-life balance. You may be seeking to expand your network, share your knowledge and benefit from peer support with like-minded GPs in the region.  Here are some opportunities available to you.

National GP Retention Scheme

The scheme is aimed at doctors who are seriously considering leaving or have left general practice due to personal reasons, approaching retirement or requiring greater flexibility.

The scheme supports both the retained GP and the practice employing them by offering financial support, providing greater flexibility and educational support.

This scheme is run nationally through a collaboration between HEE and NHS-E.
For more information including how to apply, please visit our local HEE office: https://heeoe.hee.nhs.uk/general_practice/gp-retention-scheme

Peer Support Networks

We are working with the RCGP East Anglia Faculty to support the formation of Wise 5 peer support groups within each locality.

For further details of upcoming Wise 5 networking events, please click here.

We have developed the GP Flexible Scheme to support GPs approaching retirement or considering alternative ways of staying in practice.

The Flexi Scheme supports both the GP and the employing practice by offering greater flexibility to work a minimum of 4 sessions per month.

Eligibility

To be eligible to register for the scheme, GPs must demonstrate one of the following:

  • Considering retirement
  • Returning after a career break but not wishing to work full time
  • Have a need for greater flexibility to remain in practice

Support for Flexi GPs

GPs signed up the to Flexi Scheme will benefit from:

  • Introductory service finding practices/shifts that meet your needs
  • Access to a dedicated CPD co-ordinator to identify and support CPD requirements and individual areas of interest
  • Access to online training
  • DBS renewal support
  • Inclusion in the ‘Clinical Negligence Scheme for General Practice’ indemnity scheme

For more information or support, please contact:  candptraininghub@nhs.net

Perhaps you are feeling like you’re struggling to balance both work and personal commitments? Or maybe you feel overwhelmed, or that you’re approaching burnout?

Coaching and mentoring is a form of development which supports the achievement of personal or professional goals and overall development.

Akeso

This coaching and mentoring scheme seeks to support GPs who feel they would benefit from some time to reflect on issues impacting their work and life, such as low morale, health, performance, career challenges and burnout.

If you are a GP working in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, you can now access up to six, one-hour sessions with our local coaching and mentoring network AKESO.

For further details on how to access this service please contact:  office@akeso.org.uk

AMB Coaching

Those seeking more personalised or geographically sensitive input can access coaching and mentoring services out of area in Hertfordshire.  You can access up to eight, one-hour sessions with Dr Alice Baldock at AMB Life Coaching.

For further details on how to access this service please contact:  alice@amblifecoaching.co.uk

The NHS GP Health Service is a free and confidential service for GPs and GP trainees working or looking to return to clinical practice in England who are suffering with a mental health concern, including stress or depression, or an addiction issue.

GPH is not a service for individuals with mental health problems which require specialist psychiatric input though we can help provide additional support where we can.

If you think that you have a mental health problem that requires this level of specialist help you must contact your GP to seek help.

GPH is provided by health professionals who have additional expertise in addressing the issues concerning doctors. These clinicians are available in various locations across England.

The service is self-referral only and will not accept referrals from third parties.

Access the service by emailing us on gp.health@nhs.net or by calling 0300 0303 300. The service is available 8am – 8pm Monday – Friday and 8am – 2pm Saturday (except bank holidays).

Fulld details of the service can be found here:  https://gphealth.nhs.uk/

The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough CCG are developing a free educational programme aimed at local GPs and clinicians to support CPD training and networking. Events will be planned approx. every 6 weeks in a central location with the aim of  maximising engagement.

Topics will be led by the Training Hub training needs analysis, key themes identified from 2018/19 demand management feedback and, most importantly, requests from our CCG members.

For further details on our upcoming events, please click here.

We hope that you will find these event informative and beneficial, so please make every effort to send a representative from each practice.

If you have any feedback on events or suggestions for future topics for these CCG-led events then please the CCG Gateway at capccg.gateway@nhs.net.

If you have suggestions on wider training or education topics then please contact the Training Hub at candptraininghub@nhs.net.

We have 40 grants available to support practices in releasing GPs to undertake educator development training to become associate trainer or trainer.

Priority will be given to those who expressed an interest last October until 12th March 2020, and then allocated according to need and date of application. Funding must be claimed for training sessions completed by 1.1.2021.

We’ve been working hard behind the scenes to support HEE in meeting the demand for university, HEE and GP school days as per the new plan for educator development and clarifying the process for applying to become a trainer.

The process is now available on the HEE web pages here:

https://heeoe.hee.nhs.uk/general_practice/gp-educators/becoming-gp-educator

and begins with getting in touch with your local Training Programme Directors. If you have already done this and been successful in securing a place on the University via days via the University of Cambridge (Madingley ICE course), ARU or one of the other approved courses, that is fantastic.

https://heeoe.hee.nhs.uk/general_practice/gp-educators/becoming-gp-educator/tier-3-gp-trainer

HEE have now publicised additional days to meet demand. These are:

Putteridgebury Campus
(Luton) 7th April University day
22nd April HEE Hub day
12th may GP Specific Days – Day 1

Norfolk and Suffolk 15th April University day
4th may HEE Hub day
20th may GP Specific Days – Day 1

Cambridgeshire 7th may University day
27th may HEE hub
17th June GP Specific Day 1

Tier three training –
23 June
Newmarket area GP Specific Days
Wider workforce
24 June Newmarket area GP Specific Day 2
25 June Newmarket area GP Specific Day 3

Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis and we will add a link to this page as soon as we have more information.

If you or your practice would like more information on becoming a training practice, or a trainer, come and meet our Associate Dean, Dr Andrew Wright who can answer all your questions and lead you through the next steps on 12th March –

https://cptraininghub.nhs.uk/event/meeting-to-discuss-approval-as-gp-educators-and-training-practices/