What support is available?
From 1st November 2016, new and existing members of the I&R scheme will be eligible for funding as follows:
Increased bursary payment of £3,500 per full time month (this can be claimed directly by the I&R doctor from the GPNRO)
One off payment of £1,250 to assist with indemnity costs whilst on the Scheme. Available until 31st October 2018
One off payment of £464 towards the costs of GMC membership and DBS fees. Available until 31st October 2018
First attempts of the learning needs assessments are free. Existing members of the scheme (those that joined the scheme before 1 November 2016) can claim the costs of these assessments when they have completed the scheme Costs are £150 for MCQs and £850 for simulated surgery
Reimbursement of fees for the Portfolio route (worth £950).
One year’s free membership to the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP).
Payment to the hosting practice of an I&R supervision fee.
Applicants may, in certain circumstances, qualify for additional support through the Cameron Fund.
Applicants will be eligible for a full time bursary (37.5 hours per week) or pro-rata for part-time participation.
To participate in the scheme, you should have medical indemnity which is available at a reduced rate for the duration of your placement and can be reimbursed as described above.
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How to claim your bursary
The bursary placement will be paid directly to you from the GPNRO.
In order to claim, you should:
GP I&R scheme finance process
First time claimants, must complete the letter confirming the bank details to set-up HEE finance account - Letter
Claim form B - to be completed by practice Ask your educational supervisor or practice manager to counter sign the number of hours you have participated Claim Form B (CF:B).
Claim form C to be completed by GP I&R trainee doctor Claim Form C (CF:C).
All forms should be sent to the GPNRO. Claim form B and C should be submitted every four weeks and should take about 4 to 6 weeks to be paid.
Should any changes occur to the start, timing or breaks in the placement these must be notified to respective HEE local office I&R scheme team Lead and GPNRO immediately by email (email@example.com). Claimants are advised to keep a copy of all their completed forms.
Please note that the practice is not involved in the claim process other than to confirm the hours present.
Re-sits and repeated attempts at the Learning Needs Assessments will be charged as follows:
The current fee is:
- MCQ (both papers): £150, Single paper: £75
- Simulated surgery: £850
It is the responsibility of the doctor receiving payment to declare all payments to HM Revenue and Customs.
GP I&R scheme training doctors are categorized as self-employed as they receive a bursary. GPs on the scheme will need to complete and return an HMRC tax self-assessment for the financial year in question by the end of January in the following tax year. They will then get a breakdown of any national insurance they have left to pay. Since it is a bursary for ‘educational’ purposes and doctors on the scheme are not employed, the tax expert’s opinion we obtained suggests that HMRC does not consider this taxable income.