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Funding

What support is available?

Participants on the I&R Scheme are eligible for funding as follows:

  • A bursary payment of up to £3,500 per month (full time) while on a placement if working outside of London. Additional High Cost Areas supplement (HCAS) apply as appropriate. 
  • Indemnity covered under the Clinical Negligence Scheme for General Practice 
  • A Payment of up to £750 for costs of professional negligence cover while on the Scheme (effective from 1 August 2019)  
  • A one-off payment of up to £439 towards the costs of GMC membership and DBS fees. Available until 2020.
  • Reimbursement of up to £200 occupational health check fees
  • Up to four fully funded attempts at the assessments
  • Reimbursement of visa fees for non-EEA GPs and their dependents
  • Help with finding a practice that can sponsor your visa if you are non-EEA national
  • Application fee for Portfolio route (£975) met by NHS England
  • One year's free associate membership to the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP)
  • Access to training and other educational and development support
  • Peer support networks, mentoring and coaching
  • Access to a dedicated account manager   
  • Relocation support: Doctors relocating from overseas may be able to access relocation support. Relocation packages will vary based on the country of origin ranging from up to £8,500 to £18,500. Any applicant accessing relocation support will be required to sign an agreement indicating a commitment to complete the I&R Scheme and work as a GP in England for a period of time.
    Support must be requested prior to relocating and reimbursement will only be paid after the GP has successfully passed the I&R assessments. In certain circumstances, we may be willing to reimburse relocation costs for GPs that choose to relocate to England prior to successfully passing the I&R Scheme assessments if agreed in advance.

 

All the available funding is only claimable upon commencing the GP I&R Scheme clinical placement.   

 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.

All other areas: £3,500 with hourly rate at £23.33
Full Time Percent of Full time Hours in I&R Scheme Claim
37.5 100% 37.5 £3,500.00
37.5 90% 33.75 £3,150.00
37.5 80% 30 £2,800.00
37.5 70% 26.25 £2,450.00
37.5 60% 22.5 £2,100.00
37.5 50% 18.75 £1,750.00
37.5 40% 15 £1,400.00
Fringe London additional 5% £3,646.83 with hourly rate at £24.31
Full Time Percent of Full time Hours in I&R Scheme Claim
37.5 100% 37.5 £3,646.83
37.5 90% 33.75 £3,282.15
37.5 80% 30 £2,917.46
37.5 70% 26.25 £2,552.78
37.5 60% 22.5 £2,188.10
37.5 50% 18.75 £1,823.41
37.5 40% 15 £1,458.73
Inner London additional 20% £4,064.75 with hourly rate at £27.10
Full Time Percent of Full time Hours in I&R Scheme Claim
37.5 100% 37.5 £4,064.75
37.5 90% 33.75 £3,658.27
37.5 80% 30 £3,252.00
37.5 70% 26.25 £2,845.32
37.5 60% 22.5 £2,438.85
37.5 50% 18.75 £2,032.37
37.5 40% 15 £1,626.00
Outer London additional 15% £3,895.25 with hourly rate at £25.97
Full Time Percent of Full time Hours in I&R Scheme Claim
37.5 100% 37.5 £3,895.25
37.5 90% 33.75 £3,505.72
37.5 80% 30 £3,116.02
37.5 70% 26.25 £2,726.67
37.5 60% 22.5 £2,337.15
37.5 50% 18.75 £1,947.62
37.5 40% 15 £1,558.01

How to claim your bursary

The bursary placement will be paid directly to you from the GPNRO.

In order to claim, you should follow the GP I&R scheme finance process

  • First time claimants must complete a Letter confirming your bank details to set up a HEE finance account
  • Claim Form B should be completed by your practice and submitted every four weeks. Ask your educational supervisor or practice manager to countersign the number of hours you have participated .
  • Claim Form C should be completed by you, as a GP I&R doctor, every four weeks.
  • You should complete a separate Claim Form C, with proof of payment, for a) DBS/GMC fees, b) Portfolio route fees (if applicable), c) professional negligence cover costs, d) occupational health costs, and e) travel costs (relocating doctors only). 
  • All forms should be sent to the GPNRO via email to iandr@hee.nhs.uk in clear version, correct format and PDF attachment only. Alternatively, the postal address is I&R Scheme, GP NRO, PMDE, HEE West Midlands, St Chads Court, 213 Hagley Road, Birmingham, West Midlands, B16 9R.
  • Your first payment should take about 4 to 6 weeks to be paid. Subsequent payments may take up to 3 weeks to be paid. All the available funding is only claimable upon commencing the GP I&R placement.   

 

Please note that GP I&R scheme doctors are only eligible to claim the number of hours in the clinical placement within the agreed training placement contract and are not eligible to claim for bank holidays, annual leave, sick leave, maternity leave, any additional time, etc. 

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 (iandr@hee.nhs.uk). 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.

It is the responsibility of the doctor receiving payment to declare all payments to HM Revenue and Customs.

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.

GP I&R Scheme training doctors are categorized as self-employed and receive a bursary 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.