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GP Returners

GP Retainers - See our dedicated page for the GP Retainer Scheme launched in 2017 -   https://www.wessexlmcs.com/gpretainerscheme

Both of these schemes have been refreshed with the advent of the GP Forward View. The Induction and Refresher Scheme has been streamlined and now has a dedicated unit to help practitioners return to practice after a career break. They have a dedicated website which is linked below.

If you are considering returning to General Practice after a career break or need help and support to work less than full time, then these may be the schemes for you:

GP  Induction and Refresher (I&R) Scheme:

http://www.wessexdeanery.nhs.uk/gp__primary_care/qualified_gps/induction_and_refresher_scheme.aspx

Retained Doctor Scheme for Qualified GPs:

http://www.wessexdeanery.nhs.uk/gp__primary_care/resources_and_information/retained_doctor_scheme.aspx

BMA Retainer Scheme

https://www.bma.org.uk/connecting-doctors/the_practice/b/weblog/posts/gp-retainer-scheme-finally-launched

GP Retention Scheme: step-by-step guide:  https://www.bma.org.uk/advice/employment/gp-practices/general-practice-forward-view/workforce/retained-doctor-scheme

Covid Specific Resources for Returners

We know that returning to primary care at this time is challenging.

You may be someone returning from maternity leave, someone coming back from retirement, returning from a career in industry, returning from private medicine or returning from being a full time parent- or a variety of other scenarios. Whichever of these groups you belong to- chances are there has been a lot of change since you were last working.


There are some great resources to help you and support you.

Clinical resources

Useful Facebook group- Covid returning doctors support- excellent peer support and has a document store on a google drive with links to apps, webinars, training, etc: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1aa2yCupzf6fi-PROzaCkKE-pZ0c6J4boN7KAZfuabmw/mobilebasic#

SuppoRTT (HEE) https://www.hee.nhs.uk/coronavirus-covid-19

BMJ Covid learning resources http://emails.bmj.com/c/127jYEMjnI7CtXHAYd91mvVLW6

NB medical free webinar on Covid https://www.nbmedical.com/NBWebinarSelection?ID=a0K1p00000c0TgUEAU&title=Hot%20Topics%20Webinar%20on%20COVID-19%20in%20the%20Community

RCGP resource hub https://www.rcgp.org.uk/covid-19.aspx

Online learning e-LFH https://www.e-lfh.org.uk/programmes/coronavirus/ 

Wellbeing/ Support resources

GP Support and Development Scheme – Wessex LMCS https://www.wessexlmcs.com/gpsd

Practitioner health https://www.practitionerhealth.nhs.uk

Mental health pandemic hotline for frontline staff NHS helpline, phone 0300 131 7000, or text FRONTLINE to 85258.

Other resources and information about Covid-19 can be found on our webpage: https://www.wessexlmcs.com/covid19practicalandoperationalissues

Many thanks to the admins on the Covid returning doctors support for letting us share their resources and document store and Health Education England for letting us share their resources and document store

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Updated on Wednesday, 17 June 2020 2673 views