GP Support

Return to Practice

GP Returners – Rapid Training Support

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

Rapid Training Guide for GPs

Support – 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

There are a range of both national and local schemes available to GPs to support you in your role as you progress through your career.  The Training Hub receives funding from NHS England on behalf of General Practice, to develop, implement and manage a variety of projects to help GPs stay working in general practice in Cornwall. 


National GP Retention Scheme

The National GP Retention Scheme is a package of financial and educational support to help GP’s who might otherwise leave the profession, to remain working in general practice.  It is available for those with caring responsibilities, those approaching retirement or those requiring greater flexibility.  For further guidance on the scheme is available here.

The local GP retention scheme is supported by the Peninsula Deanery and can be contacted at [email protected]. Locally, the Training Hub, can also provide you with advice and guidance, and help match you to potential practices.  For further information, please contact [email protected]. 


GP Return to Practice Programme 

If you have not worked as a GP for two years, or more, but would like to return to practice, the national GP Return to Practice Programme can support you.  This provides a safe, supported pathway for qualified GPs to return to practice. It is available for those who GPs who have previously been on the GMC register and the Medical Performers List and would like to return to work after a career break, raising a family or time spent abroad.  Please click here for further details and how to apply.


New to Partnership Scheme

This is a national offer aimed to increase the number of GP Partners working in primary care.  It provides those who are eligible with:

  • Up to £20,000 plus a contribution towards on-costs of up to £4000 pro rata to support their establishment as a partner, 
  • £3,000 training fund to develop non-clinical partnership skills 

To be eligible, individuals must submit an application form and supporting evidence to NHSE/I.  Further details and how to apply can be found here. 


GP Career Support Hub

NHS Futures hosts a range of resources to support GPs in their career development, from newly qualified doctors to those approaching the end of their career.  It provides a range of resources and useful contacts.  You will need to create an account to view the resources.  For further information click here. 


GP Maternity and Paternity Support

Funded by NHS GP retention funding  we are offering new Mums and Dads maternity and paternity support to help manage the transition from maternity/paternity leave to returning to work and ensure you remain updated professionally.  This is also available for GP’s who may be adopting or fostering. 


Maternity Coaching 

To help you to transition from maternity leave, we offer a Maternity Coaching programme.  This consists of 5 group sessions to help you plan your future career for you and your family, combining group coaching (with your baby!) and online course content for you to work through in your own time to support you on topics such as: 

  • Identity changes
  • Building your confidence
  • Your home life during and after maternity 
  • Your long term career 
  • Returning to work

You can take part in these sessions at any stage of your maternity.  You will also have the option of an additional 121 coaching session on your return to work.  

Please contact us for information and next available dates.


Paternity Coaching 

If you are a new Dad, we offer a fully funded 121 coaching session, (the Accelerator Power Hour), to help you adjust to your role as a Dad and juggle your work and family life. We recognise that being a new Dad can be tough, and it’s easy to feel overwhelmed and pulled between family and work.  These sessions offer an opportunity to decompress, share your concerns and come away with 3 personalised actions to make life easier. 

These sessions are delivered by Ian Dinwiddy of Inspiring Dads. They provide

  • One hour, 1 to 1 coaching session via Zoom
  • Help you identify your challenges with a pre-call short questionnaire
  • Identify 3 personalised actions to effectively balance work and family life
  • An opportunity to keep your recording to listen to again in 

These sessions are arranged on an individual basis to suit your requirements.  To register your interest, please contact us.


RCGP CPD Update through PlusBaby 

This is a 1-day event for GPs on maternity/paternity leave to combine a Clinical update while bringing their babies to a soft play and baby sensory session.  This event is being delivered locally at Bedruthan Hotel, in March 2022 and will cover a range of topics to ensure you remain up to date with your CPD.  This event is funded by the Training Hub.  To book, please contact us. 


GP Locum Support 

Working as a Locum GP can be isolating so we have put together a package of support to help you in your role.  There is also other support out there which you can tap into:

Kernow LMC have excellent pastoral support and specific guidance for sessional GP’s.   


Education, Training and CPD

Cornwall Training Hub offers a range of Training and CPD opportunities through the Primary Care Education Programme, including the Red Whale GP updates.  Some of this training is subsidised or available for free if you are involved in some of our other programmes. Please visit our education page to view and book courses. 


Mandatory Training 

If you join our Staff Bank, we can offer you an NHS email, which will enable you to access E-Learning for Health resources, including mandatory training.  We also offer training such as Basic Life Support through our Primary Care Education programme. 



If you are a GP Locum and would like some mentoring from an experienced GP, particularly if you are a newly qualified Locum, you can request a mentor as part of the Supporting Mentors scheme.  


Get social 

Join our Facebook group and become part of the local GP community.  View training opportunities, news, job offers, GP updates, and connect with other local GP’s. 

Peer Support Group – coming soon 

A social event for Locums to connect and meet with other Locums locally.

Webinars/workshops – coming soon 

Connect with Locums locally who can provide updates or information on key topics such as indemnity, appraisals, financial management.