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Fellowships & New to Practice Programme

GP Fellowships

Fellowship programmes directly contribute to the transformation of the primary care workforce by creating varied and diverse career options, in addition to development in specific clinical or professional areas, furthering both local workforce capability and the career aspirations of the GP fellows themselves.

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 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. Cornwall Training Hub are 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

We have a number of GP fellowship opportunities available- please see below. Please contact us at kernowhealthcic.workforce@nhs.net for more information.

  • GP Educator fellow- The school of primary care in Cornwall
    This role is for 1 session per week, and will be based entirely within the primary care school in Cornwall, supporting GP trainees and working with the Associate Postgraduate Dean and the Training Programme Directors.
  • GP Training Hub Fellow
    This role is for 2 sessions per week, and will work work the Cornwall Training Hub on workforce development, CPD and early career support projects for GPs in Cornwall. This role offers the flexibility to shape the work of the Training Hub for Primary care in Cornwall.

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

 


New to Practice Programme Fellowships

The “New to Practice” fellowship programme is a national programme, funded by NHS England & Improvement, that is being delivered locally by Cornwall Training Hub.

The NHS Long Term Plan commitment:

“Newly qualified doctors and nurses entering general practice will be offered a two-year fellowship, a scheme suggested by the GP partnership review. This would offer a secure contract of employment alongside a portfolio role tailored, where possible, to the aims of the individual and the needs of the local primary care system. This will enable newly qualified nurses to consider primary care as a first destination role. There is also evidence that such approaches will, for example, increase the number of GP registrars taking up substantive roles in primary care”.

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.

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

  • A GP that has qualified in the last 12 months (NB cohort 1 Sept 2020 extended qualification to cover those qualified since November 2018)
  • A practice nurse that has qualified in the last 12 months (NB cohort 1 Sept 2020 extended qualification to cover those qualified since November 2018)
  • In, or about to commence, in a substantive role in a practice in Cornwall, or be looking for this role (Cornwall Training Hub will support with job matching)

How to register interest

Expressions of interest for cohort 1 (starting September 2020) are now closed. A second cohort is being planned, and a waiting list is being held. Newly qualified GPs and Practice nurses that wish to register interest for the future programme should do so by contacting us at the below email address.

New to Practice- FAQ's

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

A. For Sept 2020, we ask that you are working a minimum of 4-6 sessions. Please note that due to updated guidance, following cohort 1, funding for the future programme will be on a pro rata basis- see the updated guidance above. A new programme outline will be created reflecting this offer.

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. Whilst some programmes around the country have structured their programme in this way, we have opted for this programme to be largely self-directed, so that it works for each participant around their clinical sessions and life. The training hub will be providing some sessions across the year that may be happening at a scheduled time, but for these, we shall ensure as much notice as possible.

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

A: You or your employing practice should let The Training Hub 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.

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, however we recognise that this is not always possible, and the funding provided should provide some financial assistance for the practice in back filling the session.

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

A: As we have a limited pot of funding to deliver this programme, we would like to ensure as many newly qualified GPs and Practice nurses are able to have access. 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.

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

A: Unfortunately, in order to ensure as many participants as possible, any 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, and the training hub will endeavour to provide some seminars and events of interest where there is a request from participants.