Fellowships & New to Practice Programme

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 fellowship aims to respond to three key areas of feedback from newly-qualified GPs and GPNs:

  • The need for a supportive transition into General Practice from the GP training programme.
  • Opportunities to work in a portfolio way.
  • Learning wider skills for future ways of working.

Additionally, this programme supports nurses to identify general practice as a first destination career option. The programme provides funding for up to 1 session per week (pro rata), 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 register for the scheme, the participant should be:

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

The Cornwall Programme

You can find details about our GP and Practice Nurse programmes in the information tabs below.

How to register

Registration is now closed for October 2021. Newly qualified GPs and Practice nurses that wish to register for the next cohort should complete the registration form below, ensuring they have discussed the opportunity with their employing practice. The next planned cohort will be April 2022, and subject to funding continuing for 2022-23.

Registration form to sign up
New to Practice Fellowship Programme

Applicant Details

Full Name
Full Name
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Your Practice Details

Practice Manager Name
Practice Manager Name
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Name of the Practice management team that has approved your registration to the programme
Name of the Practice management team that has approved your registration to the programme
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Please tick this box to confirm that your practice manager is aware of your registration and agrees to you accessing the programme. We will contact them using the email address provided for completion of required funding documents.
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.