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Fellowships & New to Practice Programme

GP Fellowships

GP fellowships are broadly structured around core sessions in a practice (4-6 sessions), along with portfolio working (1-2 sessions), and an educational allowance for the GP fellow to complete CPD or a post graduate qualification.

Cornwall Training Hub co-ordinate the fellowship opportunities for GPs, funded by Health Education England. 1-2 opportunities per year are funded. They are open to all GPs, rather than only those newly qualified and are designed to create interesting portfolio roles. The Training Hub is committed to working with GPs to identify new portfolio opportunities for these fellowships. If you have ideas on how a fellowship could develop areas of need in Cornwall please get in touch with us for an informal discussion.

Current Opportunities

When we have new opportunities we will post them here and on our jobs page. Please contact us at kernowhealthcic.workforce@nhs.net for more information.

Find out about Dr Rob Sapsford’s experience in his GP fellowship, speaking at our early career GP event (video November 2019)

 


New to Practice Fellowship Programme

The “New to Practice” fellowship programme is a national programme, funded by NHS England & Improvement, that is being delivered locally by Cornwall Primary Care Training Hub. It was the result of a commitment in the NHS Long Term Plan.

Purpose of the programme:

The New to Practice Programme aims to respond to three key areas of feedback from newly-qualified GPs and GPNs:

  • Desires for a supportive transition into General Practice
  • Opportunities to work in a portfolio way
  • Learning wider skills for future ways of working

Additionally, this programme supports nurses to recognise general practice as being a first destination career option. The programme will provide funding for up to 1 session per week, in order to release the GP or GPN from the employing practice, and enable them to access CPD, mentoring, and peer support in this early stage of their career.

Eligibility

In order to benefit from the scheme, the participant should be:

  • A GP that has qualified in the last 12 months
  • A Practice Nurse that has qualified in the last 12 months
  • In, or about to commence, in a substantive role in a practice in Cornwall, or be looking for this role.

The Cornwall Programme

You can find details about our programme in the attached document.

Cornwall New to Practice Fellowships- 2021

How to register

Registration is now closed for April 2021. Newly qualified GPs and Practice nurses that wish to register for a future cohort should complete the Cornwall New to Practice Fellowship Registration Form 2021 and send this to the below email address.

New to Practice- Frequently Asked Questions

Q- HOW MANY SESSIONS MUST I BE WORKING TO QUALIFY?

A. There is not a minimum number of sessions, however funding will be pro rata dependent on the number of clinical sessions you work, and you should agree with your employing practice whether you are released for this time or whether your CPD is additional to your practice sessions.

Q: CAN I USE THIS TIME TO DEVELOP IN A SPECIALTY AREA?

A: Yes, however we would encourage you to ensure you have discussed this with your practice partners and practice manager, to ensure it fits with the practice or PCN development plans. Please note any associated qualification fees would need to be met by the participant or the employing practice.

Q: DOES THE CPD SESSION HAVE TO BE ON THE SAME DAY/TIME EACH WEEK?

A: No. We have opted for this programme to be largely self-directed, so that it works for each participant around their clinical sessions and family lives, however the Training Hub will be providing the core programme in a structured way throughout the year (peer support/seminars) but shall ensure as much notice as possible and that availability is explored initially.

Q: WHAT HAPPENS IF I LEAVE MY CURRENT PRACTICE DURING THE PROGRAMME?

A: You or your employing practice should let the programme manager know as soon as possible if you are planning to leave your employing practice. Should you wish to continue on this programme in another practice, we will work with you and your new employing practice to try to support you to do so. Your new employing practice would be required to complete the required sign up paperwork in order to access the funding that supports you, and the CPD aims may need to adjust to fit the new employing practice and their population health.

Q: DOES MY PRACTICE HAVE TO RELEASE ME FOR THIS SESSION, OR CAN THIS BE ADDITIONAL TO MY CLINICAL SESSIONS?

A: Either of these options are available, but this will need to be discussed and agreed with your employing practice. Where possible, it would be more beneficial for this to be an additional session, and to therefore not adversely affect your practice clinical sessions. We recognise that this is not always possible dependent on the number of sessions worked which is why it must be agreed with your employing practice.

Q: WHY IS THE REMUNERATION LOWER THAN A STANDARD CLINICAL SESSION?

A: The funding is nationally set by NHSE. As this time should not be spent in routine clinical settings, the lower rate is reflective of the different nature of the time, and is intended to support the release from the session for CPD and support.

Q: IS THERE ANY ADDITIONAL FUNDING TO SUPPORT CPD/COURSES?

A: Unfortunately, in order to ensure as many participants as possible, any additional course fees would need to be met by the participant or the employing practice. There are some funded elements of the programme, for example coaching/mentoring, and a place on the GP update course or Fundamentals of General Practice nursing. The training hub will also be providing some seminars and events throughout the programme.