Announcement: GP Training Applications & Retraining

This announcement is posted on behalf of Health Education England

The 2nd recruitment round for GP training opens on 30th July 2019, for roles starting in February 2020. Whether you’d be applying for the first time into specialty training, or are considering re-training as a GP, we will have all the answers you need to make a well informed decision about your future.

The final specialty training application adverts for 2019, will appear on NHS Jobs, Oriel and Universal Job Match websites on the 17th July 2019 with applications open between 30 July – 15 August 2019.



About GP Training

GP training post-Foundation training is a 3 year training programme. Half of this time is spent in a hospital/mental health setting and the other half spent working as a GP. There is the available option to work Less than full time (LTFT), however this will impact your salary and length of programme depending on your working ratio. For more information about GP training, click here and Messly’s guide to GP recruitment here.

You can read an in-depth interview with a GP trainee here.

General Practice is the largest medical specialty in the UK, with over 48,000 in England alone. With changes in the NHS over recent years with the development of primary care networks (PCNs) and integrated care systems (ICS) means that more services are provided by multi-professional primary and community care teams.

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Here are the types of roles you can expect working as a GP:

GP Partner

As a GP partner, you have a part-ownership in the practice itself (which is subcontracted by the NHS to provide services), alongside the other GP partners. In part-owning, you take up an active role with the business side of the practice alongside providing your clinical expertise to the running GP sessions.

Instead of taking a salary, you take home a profit share of the practice. Your income will depend on the finances of the practice, and this can vary between practice to practice. In 2015, the average GP partner salary was £101,500.

Salaried GP

A salaried GPs are employed by the practice and receive a salary for a contracted number of working hours. The minimum suggested salary range is £56,525 to £85,298, with enhanced pay rates depending on the practice.

We recommend checking out the ‘Model contract for salaried GPs’ for guidance to good employment practice and common standards for all GPs.

Locum GP

Locum GPs work in a similar pattern to other locum doctors, where it is on a freelance basis, employed to cover empty slots in practice’s schedules, covering back-fill, leave or sickness. Locum pay varys on the route you take, and it is a good opportunity to work in a variety of settings with different patients and experiences. You can either work via an agency, work independently or as part of a freelance GP chambers.

Portfolio GP

Portfolio GPs in a term coined to GPs that spend their working week as a GP but also aspects, whether than be other medical specialties, business, technology, leadership or management. This category includes a GP with Special Interest (GPwSI).

Check out our interview with a portfolio GP, here.


Retraining in General Practice

There’s been a rise in the number of doctors who are considering re-training as a GP – from other medical speciality trainees across all specialities, consultant, Trust and staff grade.

Are you already in a training programme?

If you have completed at least a year in one of the approved specialty training schemes and progressed satisfactorily, it may be possible to reduce your GP training time by 6 months.

Are you a trust grade doctor or consultant?

The Certificate of Eligibility for GP Registration (CEGPR) is an alternative route for those not eligible for CCT but have significant experience and qualifications. It may be possible to shorten the GP training programme by 6 – 12 months depending on the experience you submit for review.

For more information, click here.

Will training affect my salary?

Anyone with continuous service in a career grade post or posts for at least 13 months immediately prior to re-entering training will be eligible for pay protection for as long as it is more favourable.

For more information see pages 15 and 16 of T&Cs of Doctors in Training.

Learning More:

The GP National Recruitment Office (GP NRO) is a valuable source of information for case studies, FAQs and career information on General Practice.

The Choose GP Facebook Group has the latest updates on GP recruitment and training.

If you would like to be put in contact with a GP/trainee who is retraining in General Practice, or to find out more about any aspect of the career from a pool of local and national experts. email

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