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New to General Practice Fellowship Programme

Develop your clinical skills with in-practice learning through structured and supportive study leave. Recieve mentoring from experienced GP Leadership training. Access networks, peer support and new career opportunities.


As a GP Fellow working at Sunderland Medical School, you will have opportunity to get involved with teaching clinical skills, multi-mini interviews, OSCE clinical examinations and much more. The GP Fellowship scheme ensures you have access to a two-year programme with paid, dedicated time each week to further your personal and professional learning.

We also provide additional support for your ongoing training and development through assigning you a dedicated GP mentor. Your mentor will be there to guide you and help you to achieve your personal aspirations while part of the programme. As a GP fellow, you are a key member of the primary care team within the GP Practice and wider Primary Care Network.

Who can apply?

The New to General Practice Fellowship Programme is open to:

  • GPs who have gained their Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT) within 12 months of qualifying
  • Newly qualified nurses who have graduated in the last 12 months
  • Fellows must have a substantive role (it is expected that individuals will have a minimum of a two year contract. This includes their Fellowship session which will need to be reviewed and amended at the end of the programme)


The General Practice Fellowship programme is a national commitment announced in the NHS Long Term Plan, and restated in the February 2020 'Update to the GP Contract agreement 2020/21–2023/24’.

In Sunderland, this is being coordinated by the North East and North Cumbria Training Hubs supported by Primary Care Training Hub (PCTH).

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Course Structure

You will learn through a mix of training days and self-directed online sessions, mentorship/ supervision sessions and peer support conversations.

Activities vary week to week, and will evolve across the two-year period as new aspects from the model are added. For example, in the first six months a Fellow might expect to spend their weekly fellowship session undertaking a range of induction and peer support activities; whereas in their final six months on the programme they may utilise this weekly session for career coaching and leadership development.

There is national guidance which provides an explanation of the ten components of the programme and information on the levels of available funding.

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Why Sunderland?

  • Sunderland is a city on the coast with plenty of culture, including the Sunderland Empire Theatre, National Glass Centre and Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens are a must
  • Sunderland has fantastic parks and green spaces and its outstanding coastline along Roker, Seaburn, Whitburn and Seaham is attracting major investment and regeneration with new restaurants, bars and attractions popping up all the time
  • House prices and the cost of living is certainly lower than in the south and we have the added benefits of not having to choose between city, coast and country – you can have it all
  • The North East has the lowest average house price in the UK at £153,000 (Source: HM Land Registry and Office of National Statistics - UK House Price Index)

Contact Us

For further information, please contact:

Workforce Development Manager: juliet.carling@hee.nhs.uk

Primary Care Training Hub Clinical Lead (Central) anji.curry@nhs.net

For general enquiries: traininghub.nenc@hee.nhs.uk