The GP International Induction and Return to Practice Programmes (2021)

Would you like to return to general practice or have your overseas GP qualification recognised to allow you to join the NHS’ GP workforce? There are now even more reasons to apply.

If you have previously worked as a GP in the UK, or if you are seeking to have your overseas GP training experience recognised to allow you to apply to join the NHS GP workforce, the GP International induction and  Return to Practice (RtP) Programmes provide a straightforward route to safely induct you back into practice.

Any doctor wishing to work as an independent and unsupervised GP in the UK is required to:

  • be on the GMC’s GP Register
  • hold a GMC license to practise
  • be on the National Performers List (NPL).

This scheme is now funded, and subject to satisfactory performance in entry assessments, applicants are provided with a placement bursary for financial support whilst on the scheme. Candidates will be able to claim a monthly bursary (pro-rata for part time placements) through the General Practice National Recruitment Office (GPNRO) and on satisfactory completion of the scheme, a full reimbursement for one attempt at the Learning Needs Assessments.

There is now a single entry point to the scheme operating in England and Wales through the GPNRO. This provides candidates with a clear guidance about the scheme, providing a constant point of contact and reducing the length of time it will take to progress through the scheme in contrast to previous years. The GPNRO website has full details of the I&R Scheme, who can apply, how to apply and what you can expect in the assessments. We have attached the key issues in the listed drop down menus for your information.

The GP international induction and Return to Practice programmes are lead by Dr Sarah Robbins and Dr Michael Tutty who form the Post-CCT Team and IIP & RtP Scheme Panel in Peninsula.

Should you have any questions or queries please contact the scheme at