Newly Qualified GPs

GP Trainees

Health Education England (HEE) have outlined the GP Training Programme within their HEE GP Homepage, this includes a whole host of information and resources to support GP Trainees. Information can also be located by area to enable you to read in more detail how the programme is hosted in different regions, use the map tool to locate the area of interest to you.

The Gold Guide is for Postgraduate Specialty Training in the UK and is applicable to all trainees (StRs) taking up appointments in specialty (including GP) training which commenced on or after 1 August 2007. The 6th edition published on 17th February 2016 replaces all previous editions of the Gold Guide with immediate effect.

The Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) offers a range of resources for the GP workforce, including advice and guidance for GP Trainees and Trainers.

Your Local Practitioners Services Unit (performers list):

Charter House
Parkway
Welwyn Garden City
Herts
AL8 6JL
Tel: 01707 376826

Further information can be found here at PSU Home.

Our GP Trainers

For those considering to build upon their role by becoming a GP Educator click the link for full guidance, including details in regards to approval requirements, education and clinical supervision. We have a number of Training Practices within our region, who have gained approval to support GP Trainees in General Practice.

Are you interested in becoming a GP trainer?

The routes to becoming a trainer or associate trainer have recently been overhauled. Details of the new process are attached.

You will see that part of the process is to attend HEI ‘higher education institute’ day(s);  a new set of dates has just been released by the University of Cambridge – details are below.

If you are interested in becoming a trainer or associate trainer and would like to discuss this further please contact your local training programme directors:

Paula Yapp – p.yapp@nhs.net

Vinita Manjure – Vinita.Manjure@hee.nhs.uk

More information on becoming a tier 2 educator is available here.

More information on becoming a tier 3 educator is available here.

Our Training Practices

You will find a list of our local training practices within the about us tab.

Portfolio Careers

Fellowship or development schemes are a means to provide a supported 1, 2 or 3 year salaried post immediately after completing specialty training. These posts provide the consolidation of clinical skills within a supportive environment while also offering educational opportunities.

GP development schemes have been implemented successfully in both Bedford and Luton.  While the schemes differ slightly in terms of funded education and length, the central premise has been to offer a programme to attract high calibre GPs to the area to work, learn and live.

Working with our local Training Programme Directors, we are developing a Portfolio Career package which will offer GPs extended placement opportunities, whether that be in a community setting, at a hospice or in secondary care. As part of the VTS scheme, we hope to take year 4 and offer a number of placements for GPs to consider. This will come with support and education, we hope to share more information shortly but for now, express any interest to charlotte.grounsell@nhs.net

Tier 2 Visa Sponsorships (for international GPs outside of the EU)

Please find attached a training pack which is designed to support GP practices who may wish to apply for a Tier 2 Sponsorship licence.

To download the slide show click here and select new item to view.

As a Tier 2 visa sponsor, you can now create and assign Certificates of Sponsorship (CoS) which your prospective international recruits will use to obtain their Tier 2 visa.

To download the guide for GP Practices in Creating and Assigning Certificates of Sponsorship slide show click here and select new item to view.

Practical help and financial support for International GP trainees

  • Are you a non-EEA national training to be a GP in the UK?
  • Would you like to remain in England to practice as a GP after you qualify but need a visa to do so?

NHS England is offering practical help and financial support to non-EEA international GP trainees who wish to practice in England after they qualify

  • Help with finding a role at a GP practice that can currently sponsor tier 2 visas
  • Support towards the cost of relocating to work at the GP practice
  • Reimbursement of your application fee for a tier 2 visa
  • Financial support to relocate any family members and reimbursement of their visa fees

If you would like to learn more and register for the help and support, please contact NHS England by emailing england.primarycareworkforce@nhs.net