Local NHS wins funding boost to recruit more GPs
Waltham Forest Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has secured a share of over £1.2 million funding from NHS England to recruit GPs from overseas.
The local scheme will recruit around 35 GPs to Waltham Forest and four other CCGs with GP staffing levels below London and national averages. It is hoped that the recruitment drive will help improve patient access to primary care services in what is one of the most challenged areas of north east London.
The funding has been provided as part of NHS England’s international GP recruitment scheme, which is designed to attract at least 2,000 appropriately trained and qualified GPs from overseas over the next three years. Following a number of regional pilots, the north east London scheme is one of 11 areas to receive funding in this second phase of the programme.
Recruitment will target GPs who have qualified in the European Economic Area (EEA) and UK citizens returning from overseas. Systems are in place to ensure that all doctors recruited deliver safe, high quality care, including good English language skills. There are also plans to provide ongoing support and development for the new GPs, to provide a smooth transition and help retain them in the north east London area.
Dr Anwar Khan, Chair of Waltham Forest CCG said: “We are delighted to be receiving funding for the international GP recruitment scheme, one of a range of initiatives that will, in time, help us improve access to GP services for our local population. This is part of the ongoing transformation of local primary care services, designed to help patients access care from the best professionals for their needs. While we continue to recruit GPs both locally and nationally, this programme will give us an extra boost.”
To find out more about the national scheme, visit the NHS England website