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Retained Doctor Scheme

The scheme is aimed at doctors who are seriously considering leaving or have left general practice due to personal reasons (caring responsibilities or personal illness), approaching retirement or requiring greater flexibility. The scheme supports both the retained GP and the practice employing them by offering financial support in recognition of the fact that this role is different to a ‘regular’ part-time, salaried GP post, offering greater flexibility and educational support. Retained GPs may be on the scheme for a maximum of five years with an annual review each year to ensure that the doctor remains in need of the scheme and that the practice is meeting its obligations. This scheme enables a doctor to remain in clinical practice for a maximum of four clinical sessions (16 hours 40 minutes) per week – 208 sessions per year, which includes protected time for continuing professional development and with educational support.

Doctors applying for the scheme must be in good standing with the General Medical Council (GMC) without GMC conditions or undertakings – except those relating solely to health matters. The scheme is not intended for the purpose of supporting a doctor’s remediation and where the relevant NHS England Responsible Officer has concerns, the doctor would not usually be eligible for the scheme.

The scheme is open to doctors who meet ALL of the following criteria:

Where a doctor is seriously considering leaving or has left general practice (but is still on the National Medical Performers List) due to:

Personal reasons – such as caring responsibilities for family members (children or adults) or personal health reasons

Approaching retirement

Require greater flexibility in order to undertake other work either within or outside of general practice.

And when a regular part-time role does not meet the doctor’s need for flexibility, for example the requirement for short clinics or annualised hours.

Doctors must hold full registration and a licence to practice with the GMC and be on the National Medical Performers List.

Guidance & application form attached.

For more information on applying to the scheme in East Midlands please contact:

Clinical Lead:
Dr Bevis Heap

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