Wales General practitioner

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Help for doctors returning to general practice

GPs who want to return to practice in Wales can have access to a package of measures to support the process.

David BaileyThe scheme announced by the Welsh Government is aimed at GPs who have taken a career break or a period of work outside the UK.

It will also support doctors who have qualified outside the UK and choose to work in Wales.

BMA Welsh GPs committee deputy chair David Bailey said: 'These are all measures we've been trying to promote for some while, so we are pleased to see Welsh Government introduce them … 

'Clearly we would like to see more being done in terms of getting people back in, but I think this is a very good start.'

Safe entry

The Welsh measures include a more targeted assessment of an individual’s skills, so they can safely enter the workforce with the right support.

The Medical Performers Lists in Wales will be amended to provide GPs who wish to work outside the UK the opportunity to remain on the list for a maximum of five years.

This will mean that returning GPs will no longer have to undertake the induction and refresher scheme.

Prospective returners to the GP workforce will continue to receive financial support for up to six months, depending on the clinical support required.

It follows the announcement this month of an induction and refresher scheme for GPs in England who will receive a £2,300-a-month bursary while working in a supervised placement.