I&R (Eng) - Help with funding


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.

  • One off payment of £464 towards the costs of GMC membership and DBS fees.

  • 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 associate membership to the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP).

  • Payment to the hosting practice of an I&R supervision fee.

  • All the available funding is only claimable upon commencing the GP I&R 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.

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

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 via email to iandr@hee.nhs.uk in clear version, correct format and PDF attachment only. Postal address: I&R Scheme, GP NRO, PMDE, HEE West Midlands, St Chads Court, 213 Hagley Road, Birmingham, West Midlands, B16 9R.

  • Monthly Bursary  - Claim form B signed by Practice Manager and claim form C should be submitted every four weeks and first payment should take about 4 to 6 weeks to be paid and subsequent payment may take up to 3 weeks to be paid. A separate claim form C need to be submitted for claiming DBS/GMC and a separate claim form to be submitted claiming for Indemnity fee along with copy of proof of payment made, all the available funding is only claimable upon commencing the GP I&R placement.   

  • Hours & rate only: GP I&R scheme doctors are eligible to claim only the number of hours in the clinical placement within the agreed training placement contract and are not eligible to claim for Bank holiday, annual leave, sick leave, mat leave, any additional time, etc.  The hourly bursary rate is at £23.33

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.

Other charges

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.

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 that 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.