Nish, a GP trainee and Clinical Fellow, had been giving some thought to how best to bridge the gap between the inspiring GP leaders she was meeting, and trainees trying to grapple through an enormous clinical curriculum in a short training programme. She could see so much potential for GPs to influence the shape of the system around them, but so little opportunity to obtain the knowledge, skills and access to current leaders to do this well.
Next Generation GP was ultimately born from a chat in the pub (like all the best ideas)! She heard of a programme being run for emerging CCG leaders in the Midlands, pioneered by Prof Nick Harding. She was fortunate to have the contacts and resources as a Clinical Fellow to set up a similar initiative for trainees and early career GPs in London, and teamed up with Rammya Mathew and Becks Fisher to design a programme that they felt would be best suited to similar, like-minded GPs.
The first London cohort was funded by NHSE and ran from February to August 2017, with excellent feedback. We are currently launching similar iterations of the programme nationally across England. Please have a look at the rest of the site (under 'Programmes') for the latest details on how to apply to these.
There is no mandatory time commitment apart from attending at least 4 of the 5 evening events, and completing a brief evaluation after each event. We may put on some optional opportunities between the events if resources permit.
We will also be teaming up with the RCGP to contribute to the amazing work they're doing to encourage students and foundation doctors to think about GP as a career option, and we hope participants will share our enthusiasm in supporting our own next generation.
Ultimately, the more you put in, the more you will get out of it!
No. absolutely no experience or qualifications are required.
Next Generation GP is targeted at anyone interested in current health policy, structure of the wider system and changes on the horizon; particularly those with an aspiration to use the knowledge and skills gained from the programme to become a future leader in primary care.
Not at all! We welcome applications from all GP trainees regardless of their stage of training, and newly qualified GPs too.
No, places are fully funded for our participants. (Please note, however, that we do not have the capacity to offer any reimbursement for travel/accommodation expenses.)
The first wave of programmes were funded through the GP Development Programme at NHS England. New programmes are being supported with local funding, sometimes in partnership with NHSE. We are very grateful for the ongoing support from the following organisations:
Cambridge- CCG and AHSN
Wessex- LMC and HEE
Kent- STP and LMC
Thames Valley - NHSE
Devon- CCG, HEE and CEPN
Regardless of the source of funding, each programme is very much designed, owned and led by a group of trainees and new GPs, with consideration for what they feel would be useful for their peers.
Not at all. We're simply looking for people who are passionate about leading change; be it at a local or national level. For many of our participants, this is their first foray into leadership (see our 'Feedback' page)
No. We are trying to grow a peer-led network of emerging GP leaders, and offer what we can in terms of delivering workshops and access to inspiring leaders to help support members of the network.
No, anyone from any area can apply to whichever programme they prefer.
We evaluate each programme as it progresses, and that will partly determine how Next Generation GP evolves in the future. We also hope a follow up programme will be shaped by you, the network of attendees, so that ultimately we create something together that suits all of our needs.
Check out the 'Programmes' page for more information on where the programmes are run and which areas are currently inviting applications.