The GP partnership model still underpins the majority of practices locally, however numbers of GP partners are falling both within the East Midlands and nationally.
Since early 2021, the Derbyshire GP Task Force and the Nottinghamshire GP Phoenix Programme have collaborated to offer courses for those interested in partnership.
Free ‘Introduction to Partnership’
This informative and interactive course runs annually in autumn over two half-day sessions. This is advertised as part of our New to Practice Fellowship CPD, however all local GPs are welcome. This is most suited to those colleagues who are considering whether partnership is for them and want to find out more. Dates will be posted here for 2022 once confirmed.
In depth ‘New to Partnership Course’
This 7-session course runs annually over several months at the start of each calendar year. Speakers include experienced colleagues, in a range of clinical and non-clinical posts, who can offer insight into being a partner and developing the skills needed to thrive within this role. The courses are facilitated by early career GP partners, who have themselves made the decision to become partners in recent years. There is a small cost per head to cover speaker fees and is most suitable for those who want a comprehensive education programme at the start of their partnership career. Previous participants have used part of their education budget from the New to Partnership Payment Scheme (see below) to cover costs and this has been approved by NHSE. The 2022 course is already in progress. Dates for the next cohort in 2023 will be posted here once confirmed.
New to Partnership Payment Scheme
In April 2020, NHSE launched a New to Partnership Payment Scheme to offer incentives to GPs to take up partnership roles. In summary, this offers new partners up to £20,000 with up to £4,000 available for on-costs and £3,000 for non-clinical partnership training. In order to participate in the scheme, applicants will be required to ensure that they submit an application form and supplementary evidence to NHSE and meet the eligibility criteria. Payments will be made directly from the scheme.
This is open to all GPs who have not previously been in a partnership and some members of the wider workforce. You need to apply within the first six months of becoming a partner.
The overarching aim of the scheme is to grow the number of partners working in primary care, stabilising the partnership model and helping to increase clinicians’ participation levels so that primary medical care and the patients it serves have access to the workforce they need.
For those wishing to explore partnership further we have found that these resources are useful: