The General Practice/General Practice Nursing Fellowship scheme is a National Programme led by NHS England and NHS Improvement, supported locally by the Primary Care Training Hub.
This programme is a national commitment in the NHS Long Term Plan with a number of benefits to support GPs and GP nurses at the start of their career. The programme encourages working within and across Primary Care Networks leading to opportunities for integrated working and varied portfolio work experience.
General Practice Fellowships are a real opportunity to invest in shaping the future of General Practice. The programme is available to all newly qualified GPs and nurses working substantively in general practice. It will provide a programme of support with the aim of encouraging PCN portfolio working, delivering learning and development opportunities, and enabling new practitioners to become embedded within their practice and PCN.
The Fellowships are open to all GPs who have gained their Certificate of Completion of Training within the last 12 months, and all newly qualified nurses who have graduated in the last 12 months. Fellows must have a substantive role (it is expected that individuals will have a minimum of a 2-year contract which includes their Fellowship session which will need to be reviewed and amended at the end of the programme.)
For the financial Year 2020/21(figures quoted include 25% on-costs)
- The GP Fellowship rate is set at £7,200 for one Fellowship session per week (pro-rata) for 1 year (based on an average starting salary of £65,000 pa for full time GP (9 sessions per week)
- The Nurse Fellowship rate is set at £3,800 for one Fellowship session per week (pro-rata) for 1 year (based on an average starting salary of £34,000 pa for full time GPN (37.5 hours per week)
The funded Fellowship session will provide each GP and GPN with opportunities to embed themselves in general practice, work across PCNs, and will include funded time with a mentor as well as educational support, academic sessions and networking opportunities.
Delivery of the sessions are supported by a delivery funding element that is attached to the programme. The amount available to undertake the delivery elements of both the GP and GPN Fellowships is £3000 (pro-rata).
The Primary Care Training Hub have developed a toolkit which includes guidance and resources to support employers with the first 6 months of the GPN Fellowship. The toolkit can be accessed via the following link GPN Toolkit Work has now commenced to extend the toolkit to include months 7-12 of the fellowship.
The Primary Care Training Hub have developed North East and North Cumbria Fellowship Operational Guidance which includes further information and guidance on how to apply for funding and can be accessed via the link North East and North Cumbria Fellowship Operational Guidance Within this resource are assurance checklists for the GP and GPN Fellowships schemes and an application form for employers to complete. The assurance process is designed for both existing career start programmes, and other employers of newly qualified GPs and GPNs to ensure that any proposed programmes meet the fellowship framework guidance. Each area of the framework should be marked against your proposed model, and then submitted to the Primary Care Training Hub. The assurance checklists and application form can be accessed via the following links GP Assurance checklist GPN Assurance checklist Application form
If you do not currently meet the framework requirements, then your local Primary Care Training Hub can guide and support you to implement the criteria locally to assure funding from the fellowship scheme.
Upon completion of the assurance checklist you should return this along with the application form to WorkforceTransformation.NE@hee.nhs.uk