General Practitioners: Cumbria

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 21st February 2022.

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Photo of Neil Hudson Neil Hudson Conservative, Penrith and The Border

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps the Government is taking to increase the number of GPs in Cumbria.

Photo of Maria Caulfield Maria Caulfield The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

The Department is working with NHS England and NHS Improvement, Health Education England and the profession to boost recruitment, address the reasons why doctors leave the profession, and encourage them to return to practice.

To boost recruitment, we have increased the number of general practitioner (GP) training places and in 2021/22, we saw a record 4,000 trainees, up from 2,671 in 2014.

The Targeted Enhanced Recruitment scheme (TERs) is a national incentive scheme that funds a £20,000 salary supplement to attract GP trainees to work in areas of the country, including in Cumbria. In addition, NHS England and NHS Improvement regional teams continue to deliver a number of projects at local levels through the GP Retention Fund.

The updated GP Contract Framework announced a number of new retention schemes alongside continued support for existing schemes for the general practice workforce. These include The GP Retention Scheme, The International Induction Programme, The Return to Practice Programme, the Fellowship Programme, the New to Partnership Payment and Supporting Mentors Scheme.

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