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

Any GP returning to clinical practice following a career break and will be working within Nottingham or Nottinghamshire can apply to us to access one of RedWhale’s GP update courses for free.

1) For an in-person Red Whale GP Update Course, you can pick either of these two courses:

  • Friday 05 June 2020 – Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield, S1 1WB
  • Friday 16 October 2020 – Albert Hall Conference Centre, Nottingham, NG1 5AA

Registration: 9am
Course duration: 9.30am – 5pm

2) Red Whale’s online GP Update Course which can be viewed online at any time,

The course provides the latest evidence on the most relevant areas for primary care to change your practice straightaway. GPs get 6 CPD credits for attending the course or watching the course online and a copy of the printed Handbook posted directly to them. They can also earn another 6 CPD credits when they watch Red Whale’s GP Update Extra content online. GPs can download some really useful tools, like ready written protocols, trusted patient resources, quick reference flow-charts and our new GEMS sheets (where they turn really complex topics into easy to follow flow charts) and of course, get 12 months FREE access to www.gpcpd.com – their online Handbook, in-consultation search engine and CPD tracker.

For access to this offer, email us today.

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.


Please register to view all of our informative resources within the GP Phoenix Programme.



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