The General Practice Fellowship programme is a national commitment announced in the NHS Long Term Plan, and restated in the February 2020 ‘Update to the GP Contract agreement 2020/21–2023/24’.
It is a two-year programme of support, available to all newly-qualified GPs and nurses working substantively in general practice, with an explicit focus on working within and across a Primary Care Network (PCN). Integrated care systems (ICSs) and Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships (STPs) should encourage all eligible clinicians to sign up, and aim for as close to 100% coverage as possible
The programme offers support with PCN portfolio working and learning and development post-registration, supporting nurses and GPs to take up substantive roles, understand the context they are working in and become embedded in the PCN, as well as increase and maintain high levels of participation in the primary care workforce.
Participants receive funded mentorship and funded CPD opportunities of one session per week (pro rata), and rotational placements within or across PCNs to develop experience and support transition into the workforce.
The General Practice Fellowship programme guidance outlines the programme which all ICSs/STPs are expected to continue delivery of in 2020/21, utilising national funding, and building on the first stage of the offer which was launched in the latter part of 2019/20. The enhanced 2020/21 offer launch was delayed from 1 April to August to respect local capacity needed in relation to COVID-19.