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GPFV Midlands and East International Recruitment Programme

Challenge

NECS was commissioned by NHS England to undertake the development and implementation of a Midlands and East International GP Recruitment (IGPR) programme to meet the regional commitment to increase the number of doctors from overseas.

The General Practice Forward View (GPFV) included a commitment to deliver a major international recruitment drive to attract up to 500 appropriately trained and qualified GPs from overseas by 2020.

A total budget of up to £20m was agreed to deliver the programme – NHSE Midlands and East was allocated £6m of that budget, which amounted to a maximum of £36,000 per head. GPFV Midlands and East International Recruitment Programme

Tasks

NECS needed to develop and establish a GPFV regional programme that would:

  • Support the uptake of GP overseas recruitment at DCO and STP levels.
  • Support practices to develop bids in line with national criteria.
  • Recommend bids for approval.
  • Assure/report against NHSE M&E targets across DCOs and with the national team.

In order to achieve the tasks required for the project, NECS needed to engage with NHS England national, regional and local colleagues, Health Education England and stakeholders including the Royal College of GPs and the BMA to agree an approach for delivering the commitment.

The eam from NECS provided expertise, guidance, and best practice learning across the region with particular focus on low assurance areas. This included the supporting of DCOs/STPs/CCGs in the preparing of applications.

A regional approval process and feedback process was established along with an assurance framework to enable regular reports on uptake and spend to be submitted to the national team. The team created a process to capture lessons learned for use in future projects.

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Region wide discussions held with DCO Medical Directors and HEE leads has shaped a proposed model for at scale IGPR scheme for Midlands and East

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Results

A process has been established with key stakeholders comprising representation from medical directorates, Health Education England, STP and LMC colleagues, whereby representatives from each DCO team review the bids from other areas to avoid any conflict of interest.

The region secured £9.1million of the current £20m allocation for IGPR which will result in the supply of 254 GPs. This is the highest national regional approval announced to date.

The recent national announcement for the expansion of the programme means an additional 2000 GPs with a target of 600 for the region.

Region wide discussions held with DCO Medical Directors and HEE leads has shaped a proposed model for at scale IGPR scheme for Midlands and East. The proposed model is in line with national thinking and has been positively received by the national team.

GPFV Midlands and East International