Exclusive: DoH to scrap and replace GP training grant

The training grant is to be scrapped and replaced with a new tariff-based system for funding GP trainers.

At present, the UK's 2,000 training practices receive an annual grant for taking on a trainee. This is currently valued at £7,485 and has tended to increase by around 2 per cent a year.

But the DoH is now working with the RCGP to review the GP training programme and the way it is funded. A spokesman said the outcome will be 'a new tariff-based system where funding follows the student or trainee'.

He added that the proposals will contain 'significant changes', and will require transitional arrangements for those practices that lose out.

There are fears that the change could cut the grants attached to more experienced trainees, on the grounds that they effectively provide an extra staff member for relatively little supervision.

The GPC is not involved in the current review, but has been calling for the DoH to set up a body outside the Doctors' and Dentists' Review Body (DDRB) to consider GP trainers' needs.

Dr Beth McCarron-Nash, the trainer lead on the GPC, said: 'Changes in funding structures don't tend to mean a pay rise, but we can live in hope.'

In its evidence to this year's pay review, the GPC called for a substantial rise in the trainer's grant, to reflect growing workload and expenses.

But the DoH has asked the DDRB to limit the increase in the grant, so as not to pre-empt the funding review.

jonn.elledge@haymarket.com

Comment below and tell us what you think

Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles and free email bulletins

Register

Already registered?

Sign in

Follow Us:

Just published

Advance decisions to refuse treatment - what GPs need to know

Advance decisions to refuse treatment - what GPs need to know

A recent case has underlined the need for GPs to communicate a patient’s known wishes...

Law changed to allow physios and paramedics to administer vaccines during pandemic

Law changed to allow physios and paramedics to administer vaccines during pandemic

A wider range of healthcare workers will be allowed to administer flu and potential...

Medicines shortages drive up GP workload as prescribing costs surge £158m

Medicines shortages drive up GP workload as prescribing costs surge £158m

Medicines shortages in England are continuing to drive up GP workload during the...

Arrhythmias - red flag symptoms

Arrhythmias - red flag symptoms

Dr Pipin Singh provides an overview of red flag symptoms in patients with arrhythmias.

How have GP practices fared under CQC inspections?

How have GP practices fared under CQC inspections?

The latest annual report from the CQC sets out ratings for all of the sectors it...

CQC flags concern over GP access despite 2m face-to-face appointments last week

CQC flags concern over GP access despite 2m face-to-face appointments last week

The CQC plans to 'follow up' concerns about access to face-to-face GP services, warning...