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 completion of a post graduate qualification or alternative training (protected time). Cornwall Training Hub co-ordinate the fellowship opportunities for GPs, funded by Health Education England. 1-2 opportunities per year are funded.
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” programme is a national programme, funded by NHS England & Improvement, that will be delivered locally across 2020-2021. The Training Hub have been commissioned to support delivery of this programme.
The NHS Long Term Plan committed to:
“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 1 session per week, in order to release the GP or GPN from the employing practice, and enable them to access CPD, mentoring, and support in this early stage of their career.
In order to benefit from the scheme, the individual should be:
- All GP’s qualified since November 2018
- All practice nurses who qualified since November 2018
- Newly qualified staff must be in a substantive role in a practice, or be looking for this role (Cornwall Training Hub will support with job matching).
How to Apply
Expressions of interest are being invited from newly qualified GPs and practice nurses and their employing practices during July and August 2020, for a proposed programme start of September 2020. You can find full information about the programme in Cornwall below, along with the application form that can be completed and returned to the below e-mail address.