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GP Return to Practice Programme - Relaunch August 2023

NHS England have relaunched the GP Return to Practice (RtP) Programme, implementing recommendations from the NHS England/HEE review of the programme that was completed earlier this year alongside the BMA and RCGP. It introduces the following improvements to the programme:

GP Retainers 

See our dedicated page for the GP Retainer Scheme (launched in 2017) -

August 2023 - NHSE updated their guidance with a notable scheme change that says:-

From 1 April 2023, the formal four-session cap that a retained GP can work per week has been removed. Reimbursement will remain for up to four sessions but this does not preclude a contractor from directly employing or engaging a member of the GP Retention Scheme, at their own expense, for service sessions which are in addition to the maximum four sessions for which the contractor is eligible for payment under the Scheme.



Retained Doctor Scheme for Qualified GPs: 

HEE South East Qualified GPs - Working across Wessex (

HEE South West -  Severn Primary Care (

BMA Retainer Scheme - GP retention scheme (

NHSE -  National GP Retention Scheme

RCGP - Returning to general practice ( 


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Updated on Friday, 25 August 2023 5115 views