Return to Work

There are several reasons why a GP might take a break from working in NHS general practice. Perhaps it’s to take time out to raise a family, to move or work abroad or gain experience in a different profession or role.

The Phoenix Programme will be launching its ‘Welcome back to Work’ scheme in the new year so keep checking back for more information. Over the next few months we’ll also be adding lots of guidance about the support available for GPs wanting to return to work after a break away.

We have also created guidance documents and resources specifically for GPs returning to practice as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. You can view these in the Covid-19 resources section of this website.

National GP Retention Scheme

The National GP Retention Scheme is a package of financial and educational support to help doctors, who might otherwise leave the profession, remain in clinical general practice. Our workforce advisor, Dr Alastair McLachlan, has produced a useful guide on the National GP Retention Scheme including who to contact locally for more information.

GP Induction and Refresher Scheme

If you are a qualified GP who is interested in working in the NHS in England, but not currently doing so, NHS England can help you find your route in. This brochure explains all the routes, with a particular focus on those who want to return to NHS general practice. It explains why returning to practice could be right for you and how we can support you through the Induction and Refresher (I&R) Scheme.

GP Update Training Offer

We are offering places to a GP Upskill package for GPs returning to work after an absence of more than 3 months. The GP Upskill package from NB Medical for GP returners includes the following:-

  • Hot Topics GP Update Course Webinar – a general update for any returning GP (6 hours)
  • Hot Topics GP Update Course reference book
  • Hot Topics Urgent Care Course Webinar – an update of ‘acute’ general practice (6 hours)
  • Online books accompanying the webinars – evidence based, referenced and fully searchable
  • Case Scenario CPD modules (100 hours, multiple disease areas allowing focused upskill)
  • Telephone Triage and Video Consulting Webinar
  • Basic Life Support training
  • Safeguarding training
  • COVID-19 updates via Podcast and KISS (Keep It Simple Summaries)

If you are interested in this offer, please email info@phoenixprogramme.co.uk. Those GPs who did not access the Red Whale GP update offer will be given priority access.

Return to Work Guidance

Dr Kirran Bilkhu has created a Welcome Back to Work document to help GPs who are on or have recently returned from career breaks. This document can be used s a guide for relevant local contacts within Nottingham and Nottinghamshire but also contains a wealth of information to help make the transition back to work as smooth as possible.

Peer Support

We have created a virtual peer support group for GPs who are taking a career break due to parental leave. We provide signposting and resources as well as a forum for peer support.

If you’d like to join this group, please email us for the instructions on how to join this WhatsApp group.

Finances for Parents

Dr Kirran Bilkhu has produced a summary document from the Achieving the Balance for GP Parents Webinar on 9 July 2020.


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