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Returning to or starting work as a GP shouldn’t be a tortuous and difficult experience, yet this is how one doctor described the process last year.
This shouldn’t have been the case. The recruitment and retention crisis was really beginning to bite and the need to make general practice more attractive could not have been greater.
We hope, the re-launch of the induction and refresher scheme will make the system a lot simpler this year.
The scheme is the result of lobbying by the BMA, including by the GPC sessional GPs subcommittee, alongside other key organisations. It is part of the wider GP workforce 10-point plan, of which supporting returning doctors is a key element.
Previously, there were huge variations in how the process worked across the country. HEE (Health Education England) itself admits the old system was complex and bureaucratic with different deaneries taking different approaches – some not to run a scheme at all – and so created a postcode lottery in entry or re-entry to general practice.
The re-launched system will have one entry point via the GP National Recruitment Office, which is coordinating applications, and so this should speed up the process.
It is also easier to apply from abroad. Interviews can be conducted via Skype and MCQ (multiple choice question) exams can be taken at approved test centres worldwide, so overseas applicants won't face long journeys to complete any required assessments.
An initial pot of funding will kick start the scheme, some of which will be used to give individual returner GPs a bursary of £2,300 on a monthly pro rata basis for GP practice placements. This will all be assessed as the scheme is implemented and reviewed regularly.
The scheme is a step in the right direction.
It shows an underlying acknowledgement of our grave recruitment and retention issues, which were again made clear in our survey of the profession this week. This shows that one in three GPs are considering retirement within the next five years and one in five GP trainees are hoping to move abroad by 2020.
So, while the new induction and refresher scheme should make the process less tortuous, much more needs to be done to solve the recruitment and retention problem. The BMA GPs committee will continue to push for improvements through its 10-point plan partnership with NHS England, HEE, the Royal College of General Practitioners, and other stakeholders.
BMA sessional GPs committee chair Vicky Weeks
As I read this, as a GP over 30 years and former senior partner, who took 2 tears out to follow a specialist and research interest, it still looks a poor deal. If I committed to full time retraining, I would at best receive Â£2,300 per month with the practice receiving a full time functioning doctor for no cost to them and being paid Â£8K on top. Only loser is me, earning about a third of the going rate. I still have to pass 2 self funded assessments as well.
Unless I commit to a scheme like this, I am likely not to pass appraisals based on the work I actually do.
Many of these GPs would be women, probably with young families. I think working full days and extended hours are a huge issue for these women.
What are the contingency plans for child care when children go to Nursery and pick up the viruses going around on a regular basis, and the child is not well enough to attend their Nursery?
School inset days and school holidays are other times where the balance of caring for the young family is in conflict with caring for the patients, especially when there are several doctors , and Nurses with young families.
It is important to be mindful of the fact that women in their 40's and 50's may be 'looking after' their own elderly parents.
Is any effort going in, to encouraging GPs like myself who have retired in June 2014, to come back even very part time. It is hard to keep all the necessary CPD/Appraisal/ Revalidation boxes ticked but can there be some discretion about this to allow some of us to continue. At times it seems the easiest thing to do is simply to stop working, and drive off in campervan into the sunset, but if we still enjoy doing occasional locums to help out in this recruitment crisis, will this still be possible?
I am currently going this still difficult and convoluted process.
I was practicing abroad in a GP practice based on an NHS framework so there were similarities, this was not taken into account.
Being treated the same as a GP who qualified abroad is difficult to swallow.
I strongly believe that as "home grown" GPs (albeit left the NHS for various reasons), we should have a fast track but proven method of returning to the NHS.
I passed the MCQ successfully but I have to wait nearly 8 weeks for the simulated surgery (while not earning an income).
It would be difficult to encourage my colleagues who are considering returning to the NHS.
Further improvements still required......
I beg to differ with the fact that new I and R scheme is a facilitated way to get back to general practice. I am a locally trained GP and went back to my homeland to look after my elderly mother, and continued work as GP there. Now that I want to return to work in the UK it is taking too long and it is too costly. NRO from asks you to give UK address confirmation before processing the application.Local deanery isn't sure about the process of getting back on National performer listened and extent little help. It is frustrating when you come back with young family with no earning for as long as 6-8 months and no formal mentorship to help you with the various hurdles!
Your post has moved the debate foarwrd. Thanks for sharing!
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