A campaign has been launched by NHS England and Health Education England to raise awareness of the support available for GPs who may wish to return to general practice after time away.
Whatever the reason for the break – whether to raise a family, work abroad or in a different profession – the GP Induction and Refresher scheme can provide a route for qualified GPs to join or return to the profession.
The I&R scheme, which launched in 2016, is tailored to meet the needs, experience and personal commitments of individuals to make the move simpler for them. This can include financial and practical support and access to a dedicated account manager.
Available support, depending on which route of the scheme an eligible GP may take, includes:
- A placement bursary of up to £3,500 a month
- Help towards indemnity costs and other fees
- A dedicated account manager
- A tailored programme to meet learning needs, experiences and personal commitments
- Access to training and development support
- No fees for I&R assessments or the Portfolio Route
- Up to four fully funded attempts at the I&R assessments
- Relocation support for GPs relocating from overseas up to £18,500
- Help with visa costs and sponsorship for non-EEA clinicians
- Options to complete most parts of the scheme before moving back to England, if you are living overseas.
UK-qualified GPs who have been working overseas as a GP for less than 10 years may be eligible for the Portfolio Route, with the option of no assessments and a one-month refresher placement on their return.