North London Partners in health and care

International GP Recruitment in Barnet and Enfield

The north central London International GP cohort is growing. Two new International GPs(IGP) started in practices in Barnet and Enfield in May, joining NCL’s existing Haringey cohort who have been in post since March.

NCL has the highest number of International GPs in practice as part of the programme, making up nearly 40% of the IGPs in practice across London and there continues to be a high level of practice engagement across Haringey, Enfield and Barnet (which have been prioritised for initial rounds of recruitment). A further two IGPs interviewed for Enfield in mid-June and are currently being matched with practices with the anticipated start date of October. Future rounds of recruitment will focus on Barnet.

The International GP Recruitment programme (IGPR) is an NHSE campaign to recruit suitably qualified doctors from the European Economic Area (EEA) to help meet GP shortages in the UK, providing them with a 3-year contract and training programme to ensure a smooth transition to their career as a GP in the UK. In NCL we are using the programme to not only recruit IGPs to our boroughs with the greatest shortage of GPs, but also to bridge the gap between training and non-training practices through enabling non-training practices to host learners, paired with support from a training practice.

NCL is leading the way for learning at London and national level with one of our Haringey IGPs being the first IGP in London to pass her assessments and move through to the GP Induction and Refresher phase of the programme; this is the second phase of the programme, that is relevant to IGPs, where GPs see patients independently but with an ongoing package of training and supervision.

Tessa Newton, North London Partners’ project manager for GP International Recruitment and Retention said: “A huge thank you goes out to all our practices involved in supporting the programme and contributing to the best practice learning and revision it.”

Four minute video interview with IGP

Want more information? The London IGPR team have produced a:

For information about the support provided by NHS Education England to practices taking part in IGPR go to: