MCP vanguard scheme funds indemnity and specialty training for new GPs

New GPs will be offered funding for mentoring, clinical specialty and leadership training under a new career start scheme launched by practices and a multispecialty community provider (MCP) vanguard scheme.

The Pennine GP Alliance Career Start programme has been set up by a federation of all 26 practices in Calderdale, West Yorkshire supported by the local MCP vanguard.

Practices described the scheme as ‘decisive action’ on recruitment.

The career start scheme offers newly qualified GPs a one-year salaried contract with four to seven GP sessions as well as paid indemnity fees, an additional CPD session, and one or two funded sessions a week in leadership or clinical specialty training.

GP recruitment

Pennine GP Alliance vanguard lead Dr Fawad Azam said: ‘The scale of the GP recruitment problem, which will soon be compounded by retirement, is recognised nationally. In Calderdale we’re fighting back and I’m proud to announce the launch of our new career start scheme. The scheme is based on clear understanding gained from working closely with our member practices, which ensures that the scheme is fit for purpose.’

The federation said the scheme was developed partly in response to recent research from the King’s Fund think tank which  found that many GPs felt their jobs were unfulfilling and recommended developing GP leadership skills at an earlier stage.

The NHS’s 10-point plan for GP recruitment and the GP Forward View both commit the service to developing specialty training and career flexibility to enhance recruitment.

Health Education England has committed to resourcing an additional year of post CCT specialty or leadership training for GPs working in under-doctored areas.

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