• General Practitioners


Whether you’re a Partner, a salaried GP, a Locum or a trainee we believe there will be something of interest for you on this page (if there isn’t please tell us what you’d like to see here). Whether you’re looking to start a career in General Practice or develop your career further, the OTH are committed to helping you achieve your goals.

Local BOB GP Retention Programme

Over the next few months, Oxfordshire Training Hub will be rolling out a range of schemes aimed at providing support to ALL GPs throughout their careers. These schemes are being developed by the training hubs within the Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Berkshire West ICS area (BOB).  The GP Retention Programme contains 3 key schemes, which will compliment and dovetail each other, in the challenge and aligned aims, at a local and national level, of relieving pressure on GPs, and is critical to help support GP retention across BOB. The GP Retention Programme 3 key project schemes;


GP Mentoring Scheme

The live GP Mentoring Scheme is a confidential and free of charge service for GPs within the Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Berkshire West (BOB) area. The scheme is open to all GPs at any stage in their career who may require help with career development, who may be struggling for any reason whether personal or work-related, or who may even be considering leaving the profession. If you interested please visit or please contact us here for more information.


Locum Chambers Scheme

Working with the National Association of Sessional GPs (NASGP) we are developing a new initiative to link Training Hubs, GP Federations/PCNs, Practices and the locum workforce, to create a tangible online “home” for flexible GPs. The platform will facilitate administrative tasks and enable Locums to connect more easily with one another. The BOB Local Chambers Groups, provide access to online resources and  opportunities for peer support. The Chambers will simplify the engagement between clinicians, services and practices, saving on administrative resource at the practice level. The Chambers also provide a supportive network for Locum GPs to attract new talent into the area who may subsequently take up a permanent role within a BOB practice. This scheme has launched Winter 2019. If you are interested in the scheme as a locum or practice, please see for more information.


Career Support Scheme

This new scheme is to help GPs start, boost, freshen up or extend their careers. We will provide access to information, career advice and coaching, additional training and support, and explore scope for portfolio career development. The scheme will help GPs to build varied and rewarding careers tailored to their personal circumstances. It is due to launch Spring 2020. If you interested on this scheme or would like more information please contact us here.


National GP Retention scheme

The GP Retention Scheme is a package of financial and educational support to help doctors, who might otherwise leave the profession, remain in clinical general practice.

The scheme is aimed at doctors who are seriously considering leaving or have left general practice due to personal reasons (caring responsibilities or personal illness), approaching retirement or requiring greater flexibility. The scheme supports both the retained GP and the practice employing them by offering financial support in recognition of the fact that this role is different to a ‘regular’ part-time, salaried GP post, offering greater flexibility and educational support.

For more information follow this link or call HEE Thames Valley on 01865 785583


School of General Practice

The Thames Valley School of General Practice offers a vibrant  3 year GP Specialty Training Programme across the  counties of Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire. The GP School has seven Vocational Training Schemes covering the Chilterns and Cotswolds – Banbury, Oxford, Reading & Newbury, Milton Keynes, Aylesbury/Wycombe (Bucks) and Windsor. The Vocational Training Schemes are facilitated by around 20 Programme Directors, with over 200 Trainers spread across over 130 Training Practices to support around 400 trainees. There are a range of training practices that serve both very rural areas and inner cities.

Oxfordshire is a popular place to train, not only because of the high standard of training practices, but also the easy access to all other parts of the country.
For more information click here


Academic careers in General Practice

Are you interested in a career in primary care research? Oxford’s Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences is the top ranked primary care research centre in the UK and is therefore uniquely placed to provide Academic Clinical Fellowship (ACF) training and development. The current ACF scheme contains 18 months of hospital posts and 30 months of combined general practice with research. ACFs select posts, all of which are approved for General Practice training, enabling trainees to apply for a CCT at the end of the programme. 18 months are spent in supervised general practice and 18 months within hospital specialties .Trainee experience is enhanced with mentorship and support.

For more information follow this link


Induction and Refresher scheme

This scheme supports GPs who have had a break from general practice or have been working abroad and wish to return to work in NHS general practice as well as doctors who are coming to work in the UK for the first time. For more details on the application process follow this link here.

The Portfolio route is designed for doctors:

  • who have previously worked independently and unsupervised as a general practitioner in the UK and
  • have had a break of up to five years from NHS general practice, while working as a general practitioner overseas, and now want to return to work in England

If you want to return to NHS general practice in England, and have not worked as a GP in the NHS in the past five years, you are likely to need a short period of refresher training.

Refresher training is offered by the Induction and Refresher Scheme. This scheme is managed by Health Education England and the GP National Recruitment Office (NRO). You will not have to pay for your refresher period. First, you must register with the GP National Recruitment Office (NRO) .

If you are a family doctor from overseas and want to find out more about coming to work and live in the UK you can find out more on the RCGP website


International GP Recruitment Scheme

NHS England has set up the International GP Recruitment Programme to support areas facing particular challenges with recruitment and retention into general practice. The support provided by GP practices and their staff is critical to the successful delivery of the programme and to help GPs recruited internationally to integrate and succeed in UK general practice.

To date the International GP Recruitment Programme has been piloted in Lincolnshire, Essex, Cumbria and Humber Coast and Vale. Building on these pilots, the programme has been expanded into areas across England with the aim being to now recruit at least 2,000 doctors into general practice by 2020.  NHS England has put in place a national framework of recruitment companies to support delivery of the IGPR programme. Five recruitment companies have been appointed–  to provides recruitment and relocation services.

For more information about this scheme please see here