National GP Induction and Refresher scheme

The new national GP Induction and Refresher scheme took effect as of 1 April 2015.

The new scheme is part of the GP workforce 10 point action plan, launched in January by NHS England, Health Education England, the RCGP and the BMA. The scheme, developed collaboratively between the four organisations, standardises pre-existing regional schemes providing a consistent single point of contact, via the GP National Recruitment Office, to guide doctors through the system.

It will provide an opportunity for GPs who have previously been on the GMC Register and on the NHS England National Performers List (NPL), to return to General Practice after a career break, raising a family or time spent working abroad. It also supports the safe introduction of overseas GPs who have qualified outside the UK and have no previous NHS experience. Doctors will also be able to apply from overseas, before they either return or come to the UK.

The scheme will offer a bursary of £2,300 per month and participants will be given a supervised placement in general practice. The placements will be tailored to the needs of doctors to ensure they have the confidence and knowledge needed to be a GP.

A Portfolio Route is also available for those who have worked independently and unsupervised as a general practitioner in the UK in the past, have had a break of up to five years from NHS general practice while working as a general practitioner abroad, and would now like to return to work in England.

The Portfolio route involves doctors preparing a portfolio of documents to show that they have maintained their GP skills while working as a general practitioner overseas and how they have kept up to date with changes in NHS practice.

Are you looking to join or return to the NHS in England as a GP?

Whether you have NHS experience or not, the I&R scheme is designed to provide a safe, supported and direct route for qualified GPs to join or return to the NHS as general practitioners.

Watch our short video that outlines how the scheme works:

More information is available on the GP National Recruitment Office website.

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