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GP fellowships

We are funding a national programme of post-CCT (Certificate of Completion of Training) GP fellowships in 2018-19.

The posts are intended to meet current and future primary care workforce needs as determined by local Training Hubs working with LWABs/STPs. The programme provides additional support and development for newly qualified GPs or those in their first few years of practice.

Fellowship programmes directly contribute to the transformation of the primary care workforce by supporting both the acquisition of clinical maturity in general practice and extended development in specific clinical or professional areas, furthering both local workforce capability and the career aspirations of the GP fellows themselves.

Posts will be developed locally by Training Hubs working with Local Workforce Action Boards (LWABs) and may be shared appointments between practices (providing the general practice component) and trusts (providing additional skills experience). Clinical areas could include emergency care, dermatology, ENT, elderly and frail care, or palliative care.

Other posts will be in partnership with clinical commissioning groups or universities and may focus on developing new care pathways, increasing educational capital in the community or other projects which align to the aspirations of the GP Forward view and the local STP priorities.

Across the Midlands and east 75 posts build on four years of successful experience of developing post-CCT GP fellowships which have been fully evaluated.

Training Hubs and their LWAB partners should bid for posts for their STP footprint. Proposals should include possible academic courses supporting the posts and how the post-CCT fellows might be supported through, for example, an action learning set within an appropriate practice area.

If you have any questions about the programme across the Midlands and east please contact us at WTHubMidlandsandEast@hee.nhs.uk.

A GP fellow in the Midlands and east region said:

A GP Fellowship has given me the opportunity to maintain a clinical workload whilst I expand my interest in medical education through working in undergraduate medical education at a local university and undertaking a postgraduate qualification in medical education. The Fellowship has afforded me opportunities and experiences that otherwise would not have been available to me including: committee representation, teaching, course handbook redesign, conference attendance and undergraduate level supervision. I would highly recommend anyone to explore the possibilities that a GP Fellowship can provide.