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GPFV - Workforce

The GPFV aims to expand and support GPs and wider primary care staffing.

The following funding and support schemes are available to help stabilise and improve the primary care workforce through the training and recruitment of GPs and investment in staff such as clinical pharmacists and other practice support staff.


Funding allocation and timelines

Clinical pharmacists

  • Application process opened 9 Jan 2017
  • Phase 1 application process closed on 6 Feb 2017
  • First cohort of successful applicants was announced on 12 April 2017
  • Phase 2 application deadline was 12 May 2017

General practice improvement leader programme

  • Next opportunity to apply for a place – April 2017

GP health service

  • Service launched 30 Jan 2017

Retained doctor scheme 2016

  • From 1 July 2016 to 30 June 2019 – Practices employing a GP in this scheme receive £76.92 per session per week. Funding paid to practices via usual payment routes.

GP Retention Scheme 2017

  • From 1 April 2017 – upgraded from the 2016 scheme to become a long term initiative with some additional enhancements to support GPs at risk of leaving the workforce.

Training reception staff

  • 2016/17 - £5m
  • 2017/18 - £10m
  • 2018/19 - £10m
  • 2019/20 - £10
  • Funding allocated to CCGs on a per-head-of-population basis.


Funding schemes in detail

Clinical Pharmacists in General Practice

Funding to support the creation of Clinical Pharmacist posts in general practice. This is national implementation of the role following last year's pilot scheme.

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General Practice Improvement Leader Programme

General Practice Improvement Leader training programme from NHS England's sustainable improvement team. The programme is free to attend for any clinician or manager involved in facilitating service redesign in general practice.

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NHS GP Health Service

This programme will improve access to mental health support for general practitioners and trainee GPs who may be suffering from mental ill health including stress and burnout.

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Practice Manager Development

Funding to support the growth of local networks of practice managers. These will promote sharing of good ideas, action learning and peer support.

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Retained doctor scheme - 2016

This is a package of support which includes financial incentives and development support to help GPs who might otherwise leave the profession to remain in clinical general practice.

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GP Retention Scheme 2017

Extending the 2016 scheme indefinitely, with some additional enhancements, from 1st April 2017 through its recent inclusion in the GMS (General Medical Services) SFE (Statement of Financial Entitlements).

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Training for reception and clerical staff

This funding is to contribute towards the costs of practices training reception and clerical staff to undertake enhanced roles in active signposting and management of clinical correspondence.

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