Welcome to the 2020/21 NHS England and NHS Improvement two-year fellowship programme on offer to all newly qualified doctors and nurses entering general practice. This programme is an NHS Long Term Plan commitment, also suggested by the GP Partnership Review and recently restated in the February 2020 update of the GP Contract.
This programme will support newly-qualified GPs and nurses in their transition to established, sustainable practise in general practice, to become part of the embedded primary care team within their Primary Care Network (PCN) .
There are three main themes to the fellowship programme and participants should be released from their practice clinical role for one session per week (pro rata) to enable them to participate in the ‘Support and Networking’ and ‘Learning and Development’ activities. These include learning through a likely mix of training days and self-directed online sessions, mentorship supervision sessions and peer support conversations. The third theme to this programme is that of ‘PCN Portfolio Working’, which will be accessible to participants after their first six months on the programme.
The Fellowship initiative is focussed on newly-qualified GPs and Nurses who are within their first 12 months since qualifying and hold a substantive contract to deliver GMS services
The scheme is complemented by two interlocking national initiatives for GPs with additional Coaching opportunities avaiable: