The National GP Return to Practice programme


Thinking of Returning to General Pracitce?

The Return to Practice programme has been updated and relaunched - with the aim of making the process for GPs wishing to return to mainstream UK General Practice as smooth as possible.

This scheme is offered primarily to support UK and EU GPs who wish to work/return to work in UK General Practice. The RtP Scheme offers up to six months full-time (or equivalent part-time) of reorientation and training back into current UK practice. 

All RtP Doctors are placed in experienced training practices with an accredited GP Trainer.  We have been able to support many experienced GPs back into practice at a time when workforce numbers are falling in real terms.

Would you like to know more about the scheme? 

  • Read our brand new guide
  • Further information can be found via the GP National Recruitment Office web site.  This gives details on scheme eligibility, assessments, how to apply etc.  May we remind you that it is your responsibility to ensure you are on the Performer's List before taking up a scheme placement.  Applications to the Performer's List can take between 6 to 12 weeks to process.


Routes for Joining or Returning to NHS General Practice in the North East & North Cumbria, UK


If you do not have a post graduate qualification in General Practice but are interested in training to be a GP in the UK, then please go to the following link –


If you have qualified as a GP outside the UK and have never previously worked as a GP in the UK, please click this link to find out more about the GP International Induction Programme.

Eligibility Criteria for the GP Internation Induction Programme


If you have previously trained or worked as a GP in the UK, then please click this link to find out more about the Return to Practice programmes on offer.

Eligibility Criteria for the Return to Practice Programme


How to apply

You can apply through the NRO website link but we recommend before you do to contact our Head of Continuing Practice, Dr Iain Lawther for a brief chat about your suitability for the scheme.