General Practice Assistant (GPA) 2021 Scheme

Last updated Tuesday 15th June 2021

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Training Hub are working in collaboration with Norfolk & Waveney CCG to promote the General Practice Assistant (GPA) Scheme to practices and learners in C&P.

Support and develop those in your practice!

Health Education England (HEE) are funding a programme to support the development of General Practice Assistants (GPAs) in Primary Care.

GP Assistants (sometimes referred to as Medical Assistant) support doctors in the smooth running of their surgery by handling the routine administration and some basic clinical duties enabling the GP to focus on the patient.

Key points:

  • Completion within 6-9 months
  • Framework that covers 5 domains (2 clinical and 3 non-clinical)
  • Open to existing staff who are already considered competent in good patient care from experience as members of a GP practice
  • Confirmation of a dedicated, named GP mentor who can guarantee regular tutorials
  • On-line portal ‘Learning Assistant’
  • Write up and present evidence for the GP mentor to mark and sign off
  • Each learner has one day protected learning time (½ day self-learning, ½ day mentor supervision)
  • Certification upon completion

Health Education England offers 40 places across the East of England, with a financial incentive to practices of up to £2120 per learner to cover backfill for the GPA for the one day per week and to recognise clinical support.

How to apply?

To apply, please download and complete an application form and submit it by email to:

Rhiannon Edwards
GPFV Workforce Officer

(Please also copy your application to

Deadline for applications: 23rd July 2021

More information

For more information on the scheme please download the Additional Information documents below.

For additional information and video on the role of a GPA visit the HEE webpage:

Watch this video for context and a deeper explanation of how GPA’s came about. (NB: this was made for the Midlands region in 2019 so some information may not apply to those in the East)

For any queries, please contact:
Rhiannon Edwards, GPFV Workforce Officer at

Additional Information

The documentation below provides supplementary information.

GPA Information including eligibility and enrolment timetable

GPA Flyer for Practices

FAQs & Supporting Info

GPA Sample Job Description

GPA Case Study

GPA Sample MOU