National GP Induction and Refresher Scheme

The GP Induction and Refresher Scheme (I&R Scheme) is designed to provide a safe, supported and direct route for qualified GPs to return to or join NHS general practice in England.

There are several reasons why a GP might take a break from working in NHS general practice. Perhaps it’s to take time out to raise a family, to move or work abroad or gain experience in a different profession or role. Whatever the reason, there is a direct route for those that wish to return to a career in NHS general practice – and it’s never been easier.

GPs that have taken a break can return via the I&R Scheme whilst those that have been working abroad might find the Portfolio Route more suitable. Either way, the scheme has been developed to be flexible and fit around personal commitments and experience.

The scheme has been developed together with Health Education England, and in partnership with the Royal College of General Practitioners and British Medical Association to ensure the best practical and financial support for GPs.

International GPs who have not yet practised in England have the option of applying for either direct entry to the I&R Scheme or for the International GP Recruitment Programme (IGPR). The IGPR offers comprehensive training that helps GPs to prepare for the I&R Scheme and its assessments. This includes language, communications and clinical skills training as well as the opportunity to observe and learn within a practice before commencing the I&R Scheme.

What’s on offer?

Financial support

  • A bursary payment of up to £3,500 per month (full time) while on a placement
  • A one-off payment to assist with indemnity costs while on the scheme -available until 2020
  • A one-off payment towards the costs of GMC membership and DBS fees – available until 2020
  • Reimbursement of fees for the Portfolio Route (worth £950)
  • One year’s free membership to the RCGP
  • Reimbursement of occupational health check fees
  • Up to four fully funded attempts at the assessments
  • Relocation package of up to £18,500
  • Reimbursement of visa fees for non-EEA GPs and their dependents
  • Help with finding a practice that can sponsor your visa if you are non-EEA national.

Practical support

A national support team means each GP has access to a dedicated account manager and contact point to support them through the entire process. This includes:

  • Advice on completing forms and paperwork
  • Assistance with arranging occupational health assessments.
  • Advice on arranging indemnity
  • Co-ordinating assessments and placements on your behalf.

Thinking of returning to NHS general practice? Find out more by visiting the Health Education England website.