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  • 1 or 2-year programme of support for newly qualified GPs

  • Aimed at improving recruitment into substantive posts within general practice, and enriching the availability of skills and portfolio working within PCNs

  • You take up a substantive contract, and you select a portfolio role for you to pursue over 2 years: the fellowship

  • You are released for 1 or 2 paid session per week to enable you to pursue your fellowship portfolio

  • You also gets other benefits, such as funded mentorship, a CPD contribution and peer support sessions


  • The opportunity to build a strong relationship with your practice and PCN

  • Support for the transition to independent professional working as GPs   ​

  • A menu of opportunities for portfolio working​

  • Learning skills such as leadership and management to support you in all future work by developing you as a clinician and a leader   

Hear from NCL Fellow, Dr Ferduche Miah, on her experience of the NCL SPIN - New to Practice Fellowships Programme.


Relevant funding flows via your practice account, but you are fully reimbursed

  • The entitlement is 1 pro-rated session (4hrs 10mins) based on the number of sessions they work in primary care each week. The funding is paid at the fellow’s actual salary rate, plus 30% for on-costs

  • Those taking a SPIN option will also be working a second session in your chosen portfolio role, but this will be paid for by the service provider

  • You also receives a CPD contribution of £500 per annum

There are some different options for fellows that effects how the funding is utilised as detailed


Option 1

The SPIN model.

The preferred model is that you work 4-7 clinical sessions as a GP, and an additional 2 sessions in your chosen Fellowship leadership portfolio using one of the available models e.g. teaching medical students, attending a speciality outpatients etc.

NCL Training Hub will also be able to advise you on any local options.

Funding will be via your practice, which will receive two sessions per week reimbursement so you can participate in fellowship activities. In addition, your practice will receive 30% on-cost for employer tax, NI and pension.

Option 2

The PG Cert HealthCare Practice offer.

HEE are offering a limited number of places on a Postgraduate Certificate in Healthcare Practice, to GP fellows as part of our London SPIN-New to Practice Scheme. The PG Cert comprises three 20 credit modules, with sessions delivered on the same day each week over 12 months during the Academic Year 2022-23. Any face-to-face teaching sessions and additional Masterclass sessions will be delivered in a London venue. Places are funded by HEE and include a bursary of £18,964 per GP fellow, which will be accessible through NCL Training Hub.

The PG Cert offer need one day protected time every week for the course and up to half day per week (in addition) to aid with the change management work you undertake.

Only for this option, payment is made to NCL Training Hub who then distribute (in full so no employment deductions) to the fellow. HEE funds the cost of the course and this is paid directly to Canterbury Christ Church University.

Contact your local training hub lead who are collating expressions of interest in preparation for the next academic Year or submit your interest here.

Option 3

If the offers in option 1 or 2 do not appeal to you, then you can can choose a leadership portfolio to undertake during your 1 pro-rated session per week entitlement. Your practice, training hub and fellowship PD would need to approve your plan.

You are released from practice for 1 pro-rated session per week during which time you attend to your own fellowship commitments. E.g. attend rheumatology outpatients clinics.

You will be reimbursed for this pro-rated session through your practice, who will also receive 30% employer on-cost for tax, NI and pension. 


Who is eligible to apply for this?
  • The scheme is open to ALL GPs who qualified within the last 12 months, or will be due to qualify soon in anticipation of taking a substantive post in a practice, a PCN, cluster of PCNs or another body

  • There is scope to extend the post-qualifying period to 18 months in the instances of maternity/adoption/parental leave, long-term sickness or other caring responsibilities. Please check with your training hub lead

  • For the PG-Cert Option, GP applicants should be within the first five years of achieving their CCT, hold a license to practise and have undertaken sufficient clinical work and NHS appraisals to maintain their registration on the National Performer List within the two years prior to application for the scheme

  • You must hold a substantive, permanent contract (salaried/ partnership). (You can apply even whilst training, but funds will be released once your employment starts)

  • You  need to work at least 4 clinical sessions per week in your practice


What is expected of my practice?
  • Practices will sign an MoU with more details

  • Practices should agree the working pattern/hours & pay with fellows

  • Practices should provide induction and the kind of ongoing support/supervision that new staff would normally expect or need

  • Practices agree to release the fellow for their monthly HEE-led peer support session. This is currently one Wednesday afternoon per month

  • Practices support the fellow in choosing and pursuing their fellowship. Practices are not responsible for their fellowship but may have useful local intelligence and experience they wish to share with fellows

What is expected of me?
  • You need to find a practice in NCL to work. Information on available vacancies in NCL can be found on the NCL GP website

  • You negotiate T&Cs, pay, hours of work, etc. as you normally would.  You sign an employment contract (or partnership deed)

  • You look at the options available and liaise with your employer/PCN/training hub about your interests – your fellowship plan.  For example, they may be able to guide you in terms of how valuable or useful it is likely to be

  • You and your practice will sign and commit to an MoU (Memorandum of Understanding)



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