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Join our campaign to entice more GPs back to general practice

Date published: 18/03/2019

Dear Colleague,

A new campaign aimed at enticing more GPs to return to general practice was launched today.

Jointly run by NHS England and Health Education England, the campaign is designed to raise the profile of the GP induction and refresher (I&R) scheme, which provides a safe, supported and direct route for qualified GPs to return to NHS general practice in England. The campaign involves publishing a new brochure for GPs considering a return and running social media, print and digital adverts.

The Induction and Refresher Scheme was upgraded in 2016 with a new package of support to make it easier for doctors to return to the profession and a target of recruiting 500 GPs by 2020. By the end of 2018 a total of 785 GPs had applied to join the scheme. Of these, 279 have now fully completed the programme and joined the GP workforce in England.

Now NHS England and HEE are looking to recruit hundreds more to help deliver the ambitions of the NHS Long Term Plan.

Dr Nikita Kanani, NHS England’s acting medical director for primary care and a south-east London GP said: “We’re delighted to see how many GPs have returned via the scheme, with more than 50% of the recruitment target already achieved.

“General Practice is the bedrock of the health service and is a priority as part of the NHS Long Term Plan…This is just one of several plans we have underway to recruit more GPs, including having more trainees in place than ever before. So, it makes sense to raise the profile of a scheme that we know works and allows colleagues to return to practice safely and confidently.”

We encourage you to share the campaign with any trained GPs who may be thinking about a return to practice. Learn more at: https:

Please follow us and share our social media content on Twitter @NHSEngland #gpreturner, Facebook and LinkedIn

Case studies of three GPs who have recently returned via the scheme can be found here:

You can find the media release here:

External Communications
NHS England