New to Practice Fellowships

The General Practice Fellowships Programme Guidance, supports the local development  of a two-year fellowship to newly-qualified doctors and nurses entering general practice. This programme is a NHS Long Term Plan commitment, also suggested by the GP Partnership Review, and recently restated in the February 2020 update to the GP Contract.

The programme launched in December 2019, and is subsequently being implemented across England to support all newly-qualified GPs
and nurses in their transition to established, sustainable practice in general practice, becoming an embedded part of the primary care
team in the PCN.

The Programme has gone live from August 2020 and comes attached with funding for one session a week, for every GP or GPN fellow to undertake a developmental role in their local healthcare economy for up to 2 years.

Some examples of the types of roles likely to be available include working within Primary Care Networks (PCNs), the CCG, training hubs or in roles across the North Central London footprint.

Fellows attend a monthly educational session on a Wednesday afternoon or lunchtime (currently running remotely).

To be eligible to participate in the SPIN Fellowship programme, participants:

  • must have completed training (nursing degree or achieved CCT) within the last 12 months (potentially up to 18 months if you have taken significant maternity/parental/adoptive or sick leave).
  • must be working to provide primary medical services within a North Central London borough (Barnet, Camden, Enfield, Haringey, or Islington).
  • must hold a substantive role in general practice – if you are currently working as a locum, you become eligible on taking up a substantive role.

In joining the programme, participants benefit from a ready-made network built around them to support confidence and reduce the
sense of isolation we hear about. We are hopeful the programme will additionally encourage trainee nurses to choose general practice as
their first destination, making it a great and vibrant place for all to work. We hope to create opportunities for participants to work in other
practices, and we would encourage practices, PCNs and systems to work together to identify such opportunities. The learning and
development aspects featured in the programme support growth of future-facing skills, building a team who are invested in and can
ultimately grow to be confident members of the primary care team in  the North Central London area.


For more information please contact Programme Manager, Mandy Claret