COVID-19: toolkit for GPs and GP practices

I&R and IGPR scheme doctors returning to work

Location: England Wales Scotland
Audience: GPs Practice managers
Updated: Tuesday 22 September 2020
Topics: COVID 19, GP practices

Who can apply to the fast track COVID-19 performers list?

If you are not on the GP performers list but are on the GP I&R (Induction & Refresher) or IGPR (International GP Recruitment) schemes, you can use the fast track COVID-19 application process to seek approval to be added to the performers list for the duration of the pandemic.

Some doctors who had been pursuing the I&R and IGPR routes into general practice had been left unable to work due to the cancellation of the MCQ and sim surgery assessments.

Fast track will only be available to doctors who are considered by Health Education England and NHS England leads to be safe to start a clinical placement without completing these assessments.

The fast track process is also open to applications from:

  • MoD GPs
  • performers on the respective lists in Wales, NI, Scotland, Isle of Man and the Channel Islands
  • private GPs and NHS GPs who wish to return to work as a GP having been off the performers list for more than 5 years.


Apply online

Apply online

Questions about the application process should be directed to NHS England at [email protected]. NHS England will be inviting all scheme applicants to make a fast track application.

For Wales, this scheme is administered by Healthcare Education and Improvement Wales


Continuing your standard application

If you decide to pursue this route you must continue with your standard application alongside the fast track process.

The evidence that you obtain during the COVID-19 period may be used to support your full inclusion on the performers list.

While this may negate the need for any additional assessment or supervised placement, some doctors may be asked to complete the standard programme when the COVID-19 crisis period is over.


After applying

If you are successful with your fast track application, you will be eligible to start a clinical placement and provide assistance in practice or you can join the COVID-19 111 response.

If you are not successful with your fast track application, or you do not choose to pursue this route, all scheme payments will continue.

Unsuccessful applicants may still be eligible for redeployment to another NHS role during this period and domestic returners who have been inactive for less than 5 years can return to practice as an emergency registered practitioner.

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