If you’re a General Practitioner looking to return to General Practice in Scotland, the Scotland Deanery has developed a fast and funded pathway back to frontline GP work.
Who is the Scotland GP Returner Programme for?
General Practitioners (GP) who previously worked in NHS General Practice and have taken a career break of at least two years or spent time working abroad, who are on (or eligible to be on) the General Medical Council’s (GMC) GP Register and are eligible to be on a NHS Performers’ List, can apply to the programme to safely return to General Practice. See full eligibility details
Where can I get more information?
Read this web-page for a summary of the Programme and eligibility requirements. Here also are quick-links to useful resources we strongly recommend you review:
Start with an Expression of Interest: Once you’ve read the information provided on this page, reviewed our resources and checked your eligibility is valid, then please contact NHS Education for Scotland to make the first step by completing and submitting the form below:
By submitting this form, you consent to NHS Education for Scotland contacting you in connection with the Scotland GP Returners Programme.
Firstly, you should initiate contact with NHS Education for Scotland by submitting the form on this page. Our specialist GP Advisor will talk with you in the first instance to assess if you can be referred immediately onwards to apply to join your preferred Health Board Performers’ List. (depending on your experience and circumstances, you might be able to immediately join their performers list – at the discretion of the Health Board Medical Director).
Otherwise, the NES GP Advisor will undertake a structured review of your clinical work, training and CPD. This structured interview forms an educational assessment. If it is concluded that you are eligible and would benefit from the GP Returner Programme then a suitable placement for up to six months, in an approved GP practice will be identified. Formative assessments, during this placement, will include a video analysis of consultation skills, a test of knowledge (RCGP PEP) and work place based assessments.
At the end of the programme, the supervisor will make a recommendation to the Medical Director of the Health Board in relation to suitability for independent practice.
There is no entry test however the NES Advisor will want to meet you in order to ascertain that the GP Returner Programme is appropriate and, through an educational needs assessment, agree the recommended duration of the programme.
GPs who qualified in the UK via the MRCGP exam route or have ever been a member of the RCGP via another route, who are on the Scotland GP Returner Programme, will be entitled to one year Full Membership for free. This includes all benefits of full membership except the hard copy of BJGP, which will be available electronically. All you need is proof of registration on the Scotland GP Returner Programme.