The GP Induction & Refresher Scheme

Are you looking to join or return to the NHS in England as a GP?

Whether you have NHS experience or not, the I&R scheme is designed to provide a safe, supported and direct route for qualified GPs to join or return to the NHS as general practitioners.

The scheme will be tailored around you and provides:

  • an individual learning needs assessment
  • support from local leads throughout
  • a designated supervisor during
  • placement which can be flexible around your personal commitments

Copies of I&R scheme reports and guidance is available in our Resource Bank.

More information can be found in our frequently asked questions


Want to know more?

You can read about how some of our GPs have benefited from the scheme and how they found the experience below:

Elena, a salaried GP in Clapham, London undertook the Induction and Refresher scheme in 2011. As well as GP, Elena is also a clinical teaching fellow at Imperial College.

"Before coming to England I worked as a qualified GP in Barcelona. My husband was working here already, and I wanted to be a GP in England because it is like the ‘gold standard’ of General Practice to other countries - in Spain we follow UK..."

Nazia, a GP in Southampton completed the Induction and Refresher scheme in 2016, having taken 6 years out to complete her family.

"Being a St George's graduate, I started my GP training in London but then moved to Coventry once I married. I completed my VTS in the West Midlands and after spending time as a locum, settled down as a salaried GP in Rugby..."

Antony, a GP based in Greenford, London

"I worked as a classical musician before deciding to train as a GP Sydney, Australia. Coming to the UK had always been ‘the plan’ as there are excellent career opportunities for me and my partner, who is also a musician.  I completed my GP training in Sydney and we moved over with our children in 2014...

Mansi, a GP in London who came back to practice after having children

"After I completed my training, I worked as a salaried GP in London for about three years. I got pregnant in 2009 and had two children quite close together and ended up being at home with them for close to six years overall. When they entered school, I decided to get back into work..."

Maria moved from Greece and now works as a part-time GP in Surbiton

"I'd always planned to move abroad to further develop my career, and as I did my degree at an English speaking University, the UK and US were at that top of the list. The UK is known for the standard of General Practice all around the world, and I thought it’d be the best place to continue my medical career...