Hull welcomes extra funding to recruit GPs from overseas
A new wave of funding to recruit talented doctors from overseas for GP practices in the Humber region and the Scarborough area has been welcomed by health commissioners in Hull.
As part of NHS England’s International GP Recruitment Programme, more than £2 million has been committed to recruit additional GPs for practices in the regional areas.
While training places are increasing year-on-year and many GPs are returning to practice, many practices continue to face recruitment issues, and newly-qualified doctors are often becoming locums rather than joining a practice as a permanent GP. Some older doctors are leaving the profession early. This is leaving a gap between the number of GPs that practices want, and the numbers they are successfully recruiting and retaining.
Geoff Day, Head of Primary Care Commissioning at NHS England (North Yorkshire and the Humber), said: “We’re delighted to be announcing this extra funding to recruit talented doctors from overseas to work in general practice in England. We see this as an important project and it is part of a number of initiatives we are supporting to build capacity and resilience into primary care, such as recruiting more clinical pharmacists to be based in practices, and developing the GP Career Plus scheme encouraging doctors to continue in practice.”
Dr Dan Roper, Chair of NHS Hull Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “NHS Hull CCG is a fully-committed member of this partnership and we look forward to welcoming as many new GPs as possible from both home and abroad. This scheme gives us the opportunity to attract and recruit high quality graduates from the EEA (European Economic Area) and allows us to promote the benefits of living in this exciting, beautiful and up-and-coming area.”
NHS England says it is reversing the historic underinvestment in general practice. An extra £2.4 billion will be invested nationally into general practice each year – a 14% real terms rise by 2021.
There will be at least 10,000 more staff working in general practice by 2020/21 – 5,000 more doctors and 5,000 other staff like clinical pharmacists, nurses, and physicians associates. It will mean bigger teams of staff providing a wider range of care options for patients and freeing up more time for GPs to focus on those with more complex needs.