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GP Support

Return to Practice


The GP Induction and Refresher (I&R) Scheme provides a safe, supported and direct route for qualified GPs to join or return to NHS general practice in England. If you are a GP looking to return to practice, the Training Hub, in conjunction with NHS England, can offer you a package of support to help you back into the workplace. This includes:

  • Financial support
  • Educational support
  • Peer support
  • Individual one to one support

There are three main routes to support returning GPs:

Route 1- Refresher Scheme

For GP’s who have had a break of 2 years or more who would like to return to practice.

Route 2- Induction Route

Support GP’s who have qualified abroad and not worked in the NHS.

Route 3- Portfolio Route

For GPs who have trained or qualified in the UK but working abroad for less than 10 years’ experience. Portfolio evidence of skills can be submitted.

Returning from Maternity

If you are returning from maternity, the Training Hub can offer you coaching or mentoring to help you build confidence, refresh and upskill or manage the transition back to work. Find out more about coaching and mentoring opportunities here. We are also exploring the delivery of a bespoke GP update course for those on maternity leave, to support them in their return.

GP Retention Scheme

This is a national scheme supported by NHS England to support GPs with finance and education to remain in practice who otherwise might be considering leaving the profession.
GPs can remain in session for a maximum of 4 sessions per week, 208 sessions per year which includes CPD and educational support. For further information and guidance please refer to the NHS England website or visit the BMA.

The Training Hub is able to host GP retainers on behalf of practices in Cornwall in partnership with Kernow Health CIC. The GP can then work at a practice or across a PCN. This is a new offer; therefore please contact us to register your interest in hearing further details about the scheme.

If you are a GP practice who would like to become a retainer, please contact us at:

If you are interested in return to nursing please contact

For more information see University link

Module dates

The module commences the first week of October 2020.

(Occasionally delivery dates might be subject to change – always check with the module lead or Professional Development Unit).

GP returners- Rapid Training Support

Please find attached a support guide to help you upskill as required returning to the NHS during Covid-19.

Rapid Training Guide for GPs

SuppoRTT – digital and online resources for  GPs

Supporting doctors returning to training after time out

You can find more details on education and training here.

An education guide supporting returning GP’s can also be found on the South west deanery page here