New-to-practice GP and GPN fellowships

The General Practice Fellowship is an NHS England funded 2-year programme of support for newly qualified GPs and GPNs beginning careers in General Practice.

NHS-E and HEE have confirmed funding for entry onto the scheme until 2023. (The scheme is different from all previous GP fellowship schemes, some of which continue to run in parallel.)

Lincolnshire Training Hub is delivering the General Practice Fellowship scheme to help practices attract, support and retain tomorrow’s clinical team to meet patients’ needs.

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Who is it for?

The General Practice Fellowship scheme is open to any newly qualified GP or GPN who:

  • qualified within the last 12 months (rolling and this can be extended up to 18 months in cases of maternity leave, sick leave etc)
  • is employed in a Lincolnshire Practice in a substantive salaried or partnership post

Application and funding is via the employing practice (there is no funding direct to fellows).

Aims

The scheme:

  • Aims to encourage newly qualified GPs and Nurses to take up substantive posts in Lincolnshire practices
  • Assists with their transition from training to fully embedded roles
  • Supports practices in recruiting and meeting the learning needs of their newly qualified GPs and Nurses
  • Includes a financial contribution to practices to allow newly qualified GPs and Nurses to engage with education, mentoring and peer networking
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  • Up to 4 sessions a month protected time to engage in learning and development, portfolio working, and supportive conversations and activities
  • A named mentor from the training hub providing guidance on the different aspects of the fellowship programme
  • Using fellowship time to attend clinical and educational supervisor courses
  • Using fellowship time to attend mentoring and coaching training

  • Up to 4 half days a month protected time to engage in learning and development and supportive conversations and activities
  • A named mentor from the training hub providing guidance on the different aspects of the fellowship programme
  • Using fellowship time to attend clinical and educational supervisor courses
  • Using fellowship time to attend mentoring and coaching training

Why should my practice get involved?

The new NHS contract committed to a universal two year offering for all new GPs and Nurses of a supported start to their clinical careers, with time for learning and peer education and support programmes. The General Practice Fellowship is the first step towards this and provides a structured induction, support and educational programme for up to 24 months from starting, to help attract, recruit and retain GPs and Nurses.

Benefits to Practice

  • A Salaried GP/Partner rather than a locum
  • Financial grant to practice for backfill to support time to learn and in-practice mentor support for each new to practice professional
  • Support with recruitment
  • Improved retention in first 2 years of work
  • Grow your own future GPs – in house professional development to meet your organisation’s needs

  • New Nurses in Primary Care
  • Financial grant to practice for backfill to support time to learn and in-practice mentor support for each newly qualified Nurse
  • Mentoring for new to practice nurses
  • Funded Fundamentals training in year 1 [limited places available]
  • Funded specialist training module in year 2 [limited places available]
  • Support with recruitment
  • Improved retention in first 2 years of work
  • Grow your own future nursing team

Application is via the employing practice only. Please click the link below if you are a GP practice within Lincolnshire or an eligible participant and you are interested in signing up. Eligible participants in the programme:

  • A GP who qualified in the last 12 months (employed in a substantive salaried or partnership post). The 12 months can be extended up to 18 months in special cases such as maternity leave, sick leave etc
  • A practice nurse who completed their training within the last 12 months. The 12 months can be extended up to 18 months in special cases such as maternity leave, sick leave etc

If you don’t yet have an eligible clinician but would like to apply for the scheme in principle, you should still complete an application form (leaving out the Fellows details), so that we can add you to our list of participating practices and pass your details to any prospective Fellows who contact us.

On receipt, we will verify the application and contact you to arrange a discussion with staff from Lincolnshire Training Hub to discuss taking things forward which will include signing a memorandum of understanding.

(Please note if we are oversubscribed we reserve the right to allocate on the greatest workforce need.)

There is no funding direct to fellows. Practices will receive a financial grant contribution for protected fellowship time to allow each fellow to engage with education, mentoring and peer networking.

Payment will be annually in advance. Once a signed MOU is in place, you will be able to submit an invoice for the first year of the fellowship to the Training Hub.

New-to-Practice Fellowship QAs

GPs and nurses who are within 1-year post qualification. The 1-year deadline can be increased in cases of sick leave, maternity leave etc.

The above applies to salaried staff as well as partners but not locum staff.

The funding is for 1 session (4h 10mins) per week for a FTE (37.5h) fellow. The funding and the fellowship working time will be adjusted pro-rata. The fellowship is a 2-year programme.

Numerous different activities can take place during the fellowship time. These include but are not limited to

  • Fellows will have allocated time for support and networking which will include mentorship, supervision and coaching time. It may also include participating in the Lincolnshire First Five group or developing their own peer support network.
  • Fellows will have allocated time for learning and development during this time. This may range from attending a ‘becoming a GP partner course’ to becoming a coach or mentor or an educational supervisor by completing Nottingham Trent University’s New Trainers Course.
  • Fellows will also have allocated time to work for leadership organisations in primary care such as Primary Care Networks (PCNs).

This fellowship programme is not intended to develop clinical skills. But if you had an area of interest such as mental health for example, there would be time in the programme for you to find work that you could do in that area but from a leadership perspective rather than a clinical perspective. An example of this may be surveying the learning needs of specialists, GPs and nurses in mental health and then finding creative ways to address those learning needs.

Your mentor or supervisor will be someone assigned by Lincolnshire Training Hub rather than someone from your GP practice.

The GP practice will pay the fellows and will also need to consider the flexibility that would be required with working arrangements e.g. fellows may wish to combine sessions from multiple weeks to attend a 2-day course.

Yes. The Lincolnshire Training Hub is also able to help access funded courses even though the courses are not specifically funded by the fellowship programme.

It is anticipated that fellowship programmes will help to aid recruitment and retention by broadening the experience of and upskilling newly qualified GPs and Nurses.

There is no application or selection process. Anyone eligible will be able to join the programme as there is funding available for all newly qualified GPs and nurses. For further information or to sign up for the programme, please email m.ahmed27@nhs.net or ruth.pollock@nhs.net.

You can join the programme any time within one year of your qualification. We recommend getting in touch with us as soon as possible in order to avoid missing opportunities that might come up as some courses/training opportunities only happen at certain times of the year and their application deadlines will be even earlier.