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The General Practice Fellowship programme is a national commitment announced in the NHS Long Term Plan, and restated in the February 2020 ‘Update to the GP Contract agreement 2020/21–2023/24’.

It is a two-year programme of support, available to all newly-qualified. GPs and nurses working substantively in general practice, with an explicit focus on working within and across a Primary Care Network (PCN). Integrated care systems (ICSs) and Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships (STPs) should encourage all eligible clinicians to sign up, and aim for as close to 100% coverage as possible

The programme offers support with PCN portfolio working and learning and development post-registration, supporting nurses and GPs to take up substantive roles, understand the context they are working in and become embedded in the PCN, as well as increase and maintain high levels of participation in the primary care workforce.

Participants receive funded mentorship and funded CPD opportunities of one session per week (pro rata), and rotational placements within or across PCNs to develop experience and support transition into the workforce.

General Practice Fellowship - New to practice nursing programme

The aim is to recruit and retain highly qualified nurses.

The programme lasts for 24 months and is designed to support the development of the nurse so they are prepared for working in general practice. They have to have qualified within the last 12 months to be eligible and be employed for a minimum of 30 hours a week.

Sessions will be planned in based on course availability and scheduled throughout the 2 years to allow opportunities to take part at different times, avoiding annual leave.

General Practice Fellowship- GP programme 

HED have commissioned ‘The General Practice Task force’ (GPTF) to deliver the National New to practice scheme. 


Please follow the link to find out more about the programme and how to apply


  • Induction
  • Introduction to general practice webinar
  • Monthly peer networking with guest speakers
  • Immunisations and vaccinations
  • Independent coaching at key stages throughout the 2 years
  • Practice management webinar
  • Leadership skills
  • Quality improvement practices
  • PCN Research project (networking with other nurses within the PCN)
  • Long term conditions sessions including COPD, Diabetes, Asthma
  • E-learning from FSRH, NHS Leadership Academy etc
  • Remote working session
  • Cervical sample taking