Dear GPST,


Important update for GP registrars applying to join the National Medical Performers List from August 2017


All GP registrars who wish to practise in NHS general practice need to be added to the National Medical Performers List (NPL). The list provides an extra layer of reassurance for the public that GPs practising in the NHS are suitably qualified, have up to date training, have appropriate English language skills and have passed other relevant checks.


NHS England and Health Education England (HEE) are currently seeking an amendment to legislation that will change the way GP registrars are included on the Performers List. In the meantime, GP registrars commencing their general practice placements between August 2017 and January 31 2018 (inclusive) will not need to complete and submit an application form (NPL1).


HEE will supply NHS England with details of all GP registrars who will need to be added to the list each August and February. NHS England will confirm their inclusion to Primary Care Services England (PCSE) and PCSE will notify each GP registrar by email once this has happened by the end of October 2017 and end of April 2018. Please can you ensure your HEE Local Office holds an up to date email address for you as this will be used by NHS England for confirmation of your inclusion on the performers list.


You are required to have appropriate indemnity to work in practice. Where there is no local Lead Employer and a current block indemnity policy in place, each GP registrar should send their certificate of medical indemnity with the K4/PAY1 form to the HEE local office who will check it and send it on to PCSE.


Addition onto the NPL website may take time and any other required notifications will be confirmed in letters to you, once all relevant systems have been updated.


Your practice manager will ask to see the following when you start your practice placement:

  • DBS with online update
  • Occupational Health
  • Medical indemnity
  • GMC registration


It is your responsibility to inform the Performers List of any changes to your circumstances such as:

  • resignation/removal from training
  • dismissal
  • failure to achieve CCT or
  • referral to the GMC


Your HEE Local Office should also inform NHS England of any of the above.


HEE local offices will update NHSE when GP registrars gain their CCT, but you must still complete an NPL3 at that time to update your status on the Performers List.


If you have any queries about joining the National Performers List, please speak to your HEE Local Office or go to