GP Trainees offered £20,000 bursaries to start career in Cumbria

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GP Trainees offered £20,000 bursaries to start career in Cumbria

Posted on Thursday 11th February 2016
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Bursaries worth £20,000 are being made available for medics who choose to train as GPs in Cumbria.

The bursaries will be available from a pilot scheme which is funded by NHS England and run by the GP National Recruitment Office (GPNRO).

A national shortage of GPs is felt particularly acutely in some parts of Cumbria. This scheme will provide an incentive for GP trainees to work and train in Cumbria.

GP trainees on the scheme will also be given the option to complete an additional year of training with North Cumbria University Hospitals Trust where they will be trained full time in a hospital special interest, paid on a salaried GP scale. It is hoped that trained GPs will then continue to work within the area supporting both primary care and the acute hospital.

Special interests available to them include: Emergency Medicine, Acute Medicine, Elderly Care Medicine, General Surgery, Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Paediatrics and Ophthalmology.

Dr James Hayton, Emergency Medicine Consultant at West Cumberland Hospital said: “The West Cumberland Hospital team is looking forward to welcoming GP’s and GP trainees who wish to develop an interest in a hospital specialty.

“Once trained, we hope these doctors will lead sustainable integrated teams providing specialist services across primary and secondary care in West Cumbria.”


GP practices in Cumbria consistently have some of the country’s highest levels of patient satisfaction, with healthcare professionals in the region working in innovative ways to support community services.

Cumbria also has a higher number of practices rated as ‘outstanding’ by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) than the national average.

Last year a GP survey by NHS Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) found that a
s of September 2015 Cumbria had 23 vacancies which represents around 8 per cent of the GP workforce in the county. It also revealed that some vacancies had been empty for more than 2 years and some had been advertised as many as 8 times.

Dr David Rogers, Medical Director, NHS Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “We hope this will encourage more medics at the start of their careers to choose Cumbria as a place to live and train. GPs who live and work here know it is a great place to work and this scheme will encourage GP trainees to discover this for themselves. We know that if people train in an area they are more likely to choose to stay and work there.


“There are various new opportunities for doctors being developed in the county including research opportunities in partnership with UCLAN working alongside colleagues in the acute hospitals to develop more specialist skills or to work within community services.”

Further details of the scheme are listed on the National Recruitment Office website:
https://gprecruitment.hee.nhs.uk/Recruitment/TERS| which also gives existing applicants the chance to switch their preference.

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Posted on Thursday 11th February 2016

 

 
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