General Practice Assistant (GPA) Scheme 2022

Last updated Tuesday 18th January 2022

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, leading to an increase in GPs time, patient satisfaction and job satisfaction.

Key points:

  • Completion over a 6 month period
  • Framework that covers 5 domains (2 clinical and 3 non-clinical) and awarded 10 credits and Level 4 is achieved
  • Open to existing staff who are already in roles such as Receptionist; Phlebotomists; Secretaries; HCAs; Administrators – banded 3-4 (AfC).
  • Confirmation of a dedicated, named GP mentor who can provide mentorship, guidance and supervision and sign off submitted programme work. Secondary ‘non-clinical’ mentor possible.
  • 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 and sign off by the University of Chester
  • Mandatory evaluation of programme for both learner and Mentors

Health Education England offers 30 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.

More information

For more information on the scheme please download the supplementary 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

To apply

Please download and fill out the GPA application form below and send to: Rhiannon Edwards, GPFV Workforce Officer at Please also cc your application to

An information and Q&A webinar will be held on Thursday 17th Feb 2022 @12pm via teams. Click here to join the meeting

Supplementary Information

The documentation below provides supplementary information.

GPA Flyer

GPA Job Description

GPA Application Form