On 1 May 2016, a new pilot scheme, designed to support practices that had been struggling to recruit GPs, began.
Practices that held vacancies for 12 months or longer were given the opportunity to join the pilot, which offered:
- up to £8,000 in relocation allowances for GPs relocating to take up employment at the practice
- up to £2,000 educational bursary for relocating GPs to use for professional developments in the first twelve months of their contract, plus up to £2,000 for locum cover for the educational time
- marketing assistance with recruitment, including the development of job descriptions and recruitment packs
Who was eligible for the scheme?
Had to be able to demonstrate to their NHS England local team that they:
- Had made frequent attempts but had failed to recruit to a vacant GP post for a minimum of 12 months.
- Failure to recruit was causing a risk to continuity of patient service.
- Any doctor who had completed the NHS England / Health Education England Induction and Refresher scheme.
- GPs on the National Performers List but not working and had been out of practice for less than two years.
- GPs on a retained doctor scheme who wanted to increase their hours and relocate to a practice in excess of 50 miles from their existing home or place of work.
- Had to be willing to take on a role that was at least 0.5 Whole Time Equivalent.
Further information and the application process
Further information about the scheme, including the application form, eligibility scoring matrix and a set of FAQs can be found in the full guidance document.