New to Practice Fellowships – GP


Introduction for prospective scheme participants

All General Practitioners (GPs) and nurses who qualified within the last 12 months and hold – or are about to hold – a substantive salaried or partnership role are entitled to a place on the national General Practice Fellowship programme developed by NHS England and NHS Improvement.

This note outlines key highlights of the scheme, and shares detail on how you can access it. This guidance is for integrated care boards, primary care networks, training hubs and other local partners to understand and continue delivery of the General Practice Fellowship Programme. Click here for more information.

About the General Practice Fellowship Programme

You might have heard of this scheme already as it is a national commitment announced in the NHS Long Term Plan, and restated in the February 2020 Update to the GP Contract.  

The programme is a two-year scheme designed to support you in your early career as you become an embedded part of the primary care team in the Primary Care Network (PCN). Through the scheme, your employer receives payment equivalent to one session per week (pro-rata) to support your release to participate in scheme activities. These activities are listed against three themes:

  • Support and Networking
  • Learning and Development
  • PCN Rotational Working


Enrolment Form

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What To Expect

The main components of the fellowship programme will include the below activities;

  1. Healthcare Management – covering a variety of topics including leadership, team management etc. and is taught using a blend of face to face, online learning and self directed enquiry. Topic areas and Subunits are detailed below. Action learning sets
  2. Coaching – you are entitled to have regular personal coaching through GP-S
  3. Core teaching session – topics are selected that cover areas of medicine that are challenging 
  4. Personal mentoring/support

Healthcare Management – example;

Topic Area Subunits 
Healthcare Structure and Finance Principles of NHS healthcare 
NHS structure and Finance 
Primary care structure 
Population Health Introduction – uses and abuses. 
Assessment of need Local health needs  
Impact on commissioning  
Leadership Personal awareness 
Leadership and team dynamics 
Effective committee meetings  
Change management. 
Conflict resolution 
Collaborative decision making  
Quality Improvement Theory of Quality Improvement. 
Developing Improvement Aims and PDSA cycles. 
Evaluation Techniques. 
Implementation of Quality Improvement 
Team working Evidence of team effectiveness 
Team communication 
Management and motivation 
Coaching, mentoring, supervision and support 

Core Teaching

This example below lays out the core teaching sessions throughout the two year programme. The sessions run on a monthly basis and it is expected over the two years you will cover all topics.

Topic area (subject to avaliblity and could change)
Introduction to Fellowship Components
The Law and Evidence
Signing for Health
Compassionate teams and end of life care.
Eating disorders – ARFID; obesity; anorexia etc.
Sexual Health – STIs; contraception; sexual assault
Addictions – health promotion
Clinical supervision – getting the best out of colleagues.
Co-morbidity and Multimorbidity – complex care; frailty; falls
Neurodiversity – ADHD/Autism
Gender and Identity


For further information please see the NHS England National Guidance

If you wish to Contact Us please email; [email protected]

Martin von Fragstein
GP Early Careers Lead