Would you like to return to general practice or have your overseas GP qualification recognised to allow you to join the NHS’ GP workforce? There are now even more reasons to apply.

If you have previously worked as a GP in the UK, or if you are seeking to have your overseas GP training experience recognised to allow you to apply to join the NHS GP workforce, the Induction and Refresher (I&R) schemes provide a straightforward route to safely induct you back into practice.

Any doctor wishing to work as an independent and unsupervised GP in the UK is required to:

  • be on the GMC’s GP Register
  • hold a GMC license to practice
  • be on the National Performers List (NPL).

The I&R Scheme in England and Wales

The I&R scheme operating in England and Wales will integrate your skills into the current NHS and provide you with the experience and learning opportunities to bring these skills up to the required level. This may include a supervised placement in GP practice, lasting up to 6 months, to help restore confidence and build up skills.

This scheme is now funded, providing applicants with a placement bursary to support you whilst on the scheme. Candidates will be able to claim a monthly bursary (pro-rata for part time placements) through the General Practice National Recruitment Office (GPNRO) and on satisfactory completion of the scheme a full reimbursement for one attempt at the Learning Needs Assessments.

We have also introduced a single entry point to the scheme operating in England and Wales through the GPNRO. This provides candidates with a clear guidance about the scheme, providing a constant point of contact and reducing the length of time it will take to progress through the scheme in contrast to previous years.
The GPNRO website has full details of the I&R Scheme, who can apply, how to apply and what you can expect in the assessments.

More information about the Portfolio Route for return to UK General Practice.

Contact: Martyn Hewett GP Associate Director for Appraisal, Severn Postgraduate Medical Education School of Primary Care 

Contact: GPinductionrefresher.sw@hee.nhs.uk