North London Partners in health and care

Successful NLP bid for GP recruitment funding

North London Partners have successfully bid for funding worth £237,000   from NHS England’s Local GP Retention Fund to help with GP recruitment and retention across north central London (NCL). This in addition to the £183,000 already awarded to develop GP retention schemes in 2018/19.

 The six GP Federations have received £60,000 to work together to develop a model to help attract and retain newly qualified GPs.

The federations will work to develop the Salaried Portfolio Innovation Scheme (GP-SPIN). The scheme, recommended by Health Education England, is being delivered as a sustainable model in Barking, Havering and Redbridge. It will build on the current Newly Qualified GP Retention Schemes running in NCL but which cost an unsustainable £500,000 per year.

 While work is underway to develop the GP-SPIN, the Health Education England NCL scheme which employs 25 newly qualified GPs will be extended after it received an extra £150,000 funding.  This will be used to:

  • evaluate the current programme
  • recruit 10 additional GPs onto the scheme (two per borough)
  • extend the role of the existing mentors
  • establish a Young GP Forum

In addition to the above, Camden Health Evolution (CHE) Newly Qualified GP Scheme has been extended for seven months after receiving £10,000 to cover the maternity leave of one of the existing cohort.

The Haringey Coaching and Leadership Programme has also been extended after receiving £17,000. This will fund two additional places on the oversubscribed coaching and leadership programme for GPs who are about to step up to new levels of responsibility or at risk of burn out in a current leadership role.

Tessa Newton, GP International Recruitment and Retention Project Manager, said:  “This is fantastic news for NCL and thanks is due to the federations for all their hard work in coming together to develop these schemes in such tight timescales.”

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