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Scheme to retain GPs’ skills

NHS Great Yarmouth and Waveney Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has been named as one of just 11 sites which will pilot a new scheme to keep hold of the vital skills and experience of GPs on the verge of leaving the profession.

GP Career Plus will look to recruit around 80 family doctors at risk of leaving the profession across the pilot sites. They will form a general practice pool which will work throughout the local health system providing clinical cover for sickness, vacancies and holidays and carrying out home visits or specific work such as helping patients to manage long-term conditions.

The GPs could also help develop their colleagues by leading clinical training sessions and individual mentoring and coaching while also supporting practices in crisis.

The scheme has been developed by NHS England working alongside the Royal College of General Practitioners, British Medical Association and Health Education England. If the pilots are a success, it could be rolled out across the country to help retain the skills, knowledge and experience of more GPs.

Tessa Litherland, director for primary care with the CCG, said: “Data from across the country shows that the number of GPs leaving the profession has risen over the past decade. However, research commissioned by NHS England shows that many may remain practicing if they had the opportunity to work more flexibly.

“We are really pleased that NHS England has chosen our area to take part in the pilot, which we hope will help to keep hold of the vital skills and experience of some of our GPs who may otherwise think of leaving general practice.”

The pilot will begin in the summer and run for 12 months. NHS England will take review progress after six months to see if any changes could be made to improve the programme further.

published on 31/01/2017

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