Return to Work - Career Support and Professional Development

This section details information about career and professional development support.

Personal and Career Development

Coaching and Mentoring

  • GP-S is a local free peer mentoring, coaching and signposting service for General Practitioners. You can contact GP-S by phone on 0115 979 6917.
  • Project 5 provides free wellbeing support with coaches and social care practitioners.

The Phoenix Programme

A programme run through Nottinghamshire LMC, tailoring support for specific groups of GPs, allowing them to maximise opportunity for career development. The scheme provides funded support for Trainee Transition, New to Practice and Fellowship Lite, in a variety of ways including clinical and non-clinical fellowships. For more information sign up for free to hear more about what it has to offer.

Next Gen GP

An exciting opportunity for those wishing to develop their leadership skills further. Originally designed by three GP trainees this now runs in different areas nationally, inviting inspiring speakers to offer their insights on leadership and change in General Practice. To find out further details and find details of application for the next course running locally visit their website.


Visit the Wellbeing section on our website for further resources including link to the RCGP wellbeing library.

GP Retention Scheme

Funding for practice to accommodate flexible working, CPD time and mentor support.


Doctors seriously considering leaving/have left general practice (but still on National Medical Performers List) due to:

  • Personal reasons e.g. caring responsibilities/health reasons
  • Approaching retirement
  • Require greater flexibility to undertake other work
  • And a regular role does not allow flexibility needed e.g. short clinics/ annualised hours
  • And need for educational supervision e.g. newly qualified for 1-4 sessions a week/working 1-2 sessions where pro-rata study leave is inadequate to maintain CPD and networks

Doctors must hold full registration and a license to practice with the GMC and be on the National Medical Performers List. For further information see the NHS England website guidance-v5.pdf.

2020/21 GP contract negotiations are considering increasing number of sessions (currently 4) GPs can provide on the Retention Scheme.

How to apply

Application form must be filled out with the employing practice including a proposed work plan/schedule. Usually the scheme operates in training practices (GP trainees, FY2s or medical students).

Application forms can be found on the NHSE website.

For further advice email the local scheme lead Dr Bevis Heap or call the East Midlands office: 0121 695 2409.

The GP International Induction and Return to Practice Programmes

This replaces the old Induction and Refresher scheme which supports the training of GPs who have qualified outside the UK or those who are returning to practice after a break of 2 years or more.

If you have qualified as a GP outside the UK and have never previously worked as a GP in the UK, please click on below link to find out more about the GP International Induction Programme.

If you have previously trained or worked as a GP in the UK, then please click on below link to find out more about the Return to Practice programmes on offer.

The programme provided will be tailored to meet your needs, experiences and personal commitments. Once you have registered for the appropriate scheme you will have access to your own dedicated account manager to guide you through the process. That’s not all, there’s more financial support too.

What’s on offer?

  • A bursary of up to £3,500 a month whilst you are on a clinical placement
  • Help towards indemnity costs and other fees
  • Help towards the costs of child or social care
  • Access to a dedicated account manager
  • Options to complete most parts of the scheme before moving to England if you are living overseas

Sources of Practitioner Support

GP wellbeing and stress management is increasingly being recognised as a vital for improving morale, resilience and ultimately optimising quality of care.

Practitioner Health

This free confidential service offers timely and comprehensive healthcare for doctors and dentists on a self-referral basis. The service is available to all doctors and dentists who are on the GMC/GDC register (or have been within the last 12 months) in England.

NHS Practitioner Health can help with any mental health or addiction issue which may be affecting your working life.

Opening hours: Mon-Fri 8am-8pm and Sat 8am-2pm
Telephone: 0300 030 3300

LMC Pastoral Support Network

Made up of experienced advisors, mainly retired GPs to provide personal and confidential support for any local GP undergoing personal difficulty or crisis including:

  • Domestic or family matters such as a marriage break-up or bereavement
  • Professional matters, like being subject to a patient complaint, performance review investigation or referral to the GMC
  • A breakdown in relationships at work, with professional partners, employers or staff
  • Health problems ranging from coping with a disability or depression, to serious mental health problems, or an addiction to drugs or alcohol

Email LMC Pastoral Support

For further information on health and wellbeing please see the wellbeing section of the website.

Financial Charities

In some circumstances being off work can lead to financial pressures, there are many charities designed to specifically support GPs and their families further:

  • Royal Medical Foundation: The RMF helps registered doctors and their families who are in financial hardship.
  • Society for Assistance of Medical Families: Society for assistance of medical families, helps members in the first instance but utilises surplus funds to assist non-members.
  • Royal Medical Benevolent Fund: Financial support and/or Debt Management Advice if you’re unable to work and have little in the way of income or savings.
  • The Cameron Fund: The Cameron Fund is the only service that solely supports GPs and their families in times of financial hardship and need – whether through ill-health, disability, death or loss of employment.
  • BMA Charities: The BMA Charities can help all doctors and medical students in times of need. You do not need to be a BMA member to apply.
  • The Dain Fund: The Fund is part of the BMA Charities (you do not need to be a BMA member) and helps with the education and support of doctors’ children when there are financial problems in the family. In most of the families helped the parents are out of work or on a very low income. The Fund particularly welcomes applications from refugee doctors.
  • Help me, I’m a Doctor: a very useful resource which will direct you to which organisation is most suited to your needs and may be able to offer financial assistance.


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