Existing GPs

GP Career Support Pack

As part of GP retention efforts, NHS England, working with the RCGP and BMA, has developed a GP Career Support Pack that sets out support available at different stages of a GP’s career (e.g. first five, mid-career, nearing retirement, taking a career break). The pack is intended to signpost GPs to support available throughout their career with a view to supporting career and life choices.

GP Career Plus

Royal College of General Practitioners, British Medical Association and Health Education England are currently piloting the GP Career Plus Scheme which will result in the recruitment of approximately 80 GPs who are at risk of leaving the profession across 10 pilot areas. BLMK are hoping to learn from the outcomes post pilot. To understand more around this scheme please visit the NHS England website.

Data shows that the number of GPs leaving in most ages groups particularly those aged 55–59 and 60-64, has risen over the last 10 years. Research that we have commissioned suggests that experienced GPs may remain practising if they had an opportunity to work more flexibly.

The 10 pilot areas will test a range of ways to offer greater flexibility and support for approximately 80 GPs to keep hold of the vital skills and experience of GPs on the verge of leaving general practice.

GP Induction and Refresher Scheme

The NHS 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. For eligibility criteria please follow the link here.

The scheme will offer a bursary of up to £3,500 per month and participants will be given a supervised placement in general practice. Further information on the funding available can be found here.

For more information on returning to general practice in the East of England, please contact Dr Sarah Rann.

A new campaign has been launched aiming to increase the number of qualified leads enquiring about the GP induction and refresher scheme, focusing on domestic GP returners. NHS England and Health Education England have in partnership produced a new look website www.gpreturner.nhs.uk a new brochure and other collateral including social media, and a print advertising campaign is planned to start in April. For more details read the release. We have also issued a regional release in East of England featuring a returner GP from Cambridge. A copy of the brochure is also attached for your information, here. Any help you can give in promoting to your networks is appreciated.

GP Retention Scheme

The GP Retention Scheme is a package of financial and educational support to help doctors, who might otherwise leave the profession, remain in clinical general practice.

The GP Retention Scheme replaces the Retained Doctors Scheme 2016. The scheme continues to be managed jointly by the local offices of Health Education England (HEE) (through the designated HEE RGP Scheme Lead) and NHS England. Please click here to read more about the scheme.

GP Resilience Programme

The GP Resilience Programme was announced as part of the NHS England’s Five Year Forward View, it suggests a menu of supportive packages to help practices explore new models of care.

This could include:

  • Diagnostic services to quickly identify areas for improvement support
  • Specialist advice and guidance e.g. human resources, IT
  • Coaching/Supervision/Mentorship
  • Practice Management Capacity Support
  • Rapid Intervention and management support for Practices at risk of closure
  • Co-ordinated support to help practices struggling with workforce issues
  • Change management and improvement support to individual practices or group of practices

Local Medical Committee

Beds and Herts LMC Ltd

Supports GPs and practices by advising on and promoting the development of all aspects of general practice.  As the representative body for all GPs in Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire, the LMC assists practices in several ways including:

  • Supporting individual practices going through periods of difficulty (such as partnership disagreements, contractual problems or performance issues).
  • Implementing the General Practice Resilience Programme (GPRP) and delivering projects to help ensure practices remain sustainable in the future.
  • Providing practices with information about local and national health policies, contracts, and legal and ethical matters pertaining to the running of the complex business of general practice.
  • Negotiating on behalf of practices with other organisations on issues that affect general practice.
  • Delivering training and educational events.
  • Providing a recruitment advertising tool for practices with vacancies and GPs looking for work as well as a Locum and Nurse Bank.
  • Offering a wide range of pastoral care support services including a web-based self-help site and one to one counselling.
  • Promoting new and exciting models of care, including Primary Care Home, to inspire and encourage practices to develop.

For more information, please visit www.bedshertslmcs.org.uk or call the LMC on 01438 880010.

Berkshire, Buckingham and Oxfordshire LMC

Broad Functions of Local Medical Committees

  • To seek and represent the spectrum of GP views
  • To acquire wide ranging expertise to support GPs
  • To advise GPs and practices on anything relevant and within LMC competence
  • To help GPs in difficulty through ill-health, poor performance and relationships with colleagues
  • To disseminate usable guidance on all issues of relating to GP activity
  • To advise organisations both inside and outside the NHS on all GP matters
  • To troubleshoot areas that affect GPs ability to perform their job enjoyably and well
  • To facilitate earning opportunities for GPs
  • To raise the profile of general practice and promote the worth of GPs
  • To seek to limit any damage to GP interests resulting from the decisions of others.
  • To manage selected bulk discount schemes
  • To defend the profession’s views when those of others conflict with what we believe is in our patients’ best interests
  • To represent local GP practice views nationally.

For more information, please visit www.bbolmc.co.uk or call the LMC on 01628 475727.