GP recruits are offered £20 000 “golden hello” to work in Leicester

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: (Published 20 October 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g6343
  1. Abi Rimmer
  1. 1BMJ Careers

GPs are being offered a £20 000 (€25 000; $32 000) incentive to take up posts in Leicester. The scheme, a joint initiative of Leicester City Clinical Commission Group, NHS England’s Leicestershire and Lincolnshire area team, and Leicester City Council, is using £250 000 of non-recurring primary medical care funding from the area team.

The money will be available to GPs who are new to the area and who take at least a part time post for a minimum of two years. If the GP leaves the post before the end of the two years, the incentive funding will have to be repaid on a sliding scale.

A spokeswoman for the area team said that recruitment had been a problem across Leicester, with many practices failing to fill posts despite advertising the roles widely and offering salaried and partnership positions. Many practices were having to rely on locums to cover unfilled permanent positions, she said.

In a board paper presented to Leicester City Council’s Health and Wellbeing Board earlier this month, Leicester City CCG highlighted the recruitment problem, especially GP partners. It said that around 50% of the 121 GP partners in the area were likely to retire in the next five to 10 years.

The paper said, “The current structure of practice-based primary care provision is likely to undergo severe instability if new partners cannot be attracted into the system to take their place. Effective recruitment and retention is key to maintaining the City’s local primary medical care services.”

Lesley Harrison, the pharmacy and medical lead for NHS England’s Leicestershire and Lincolnshire area team, said, “Our priority is to ensure that all patients have good access to GP services. We know the challenges around GP recruitment and retention in Leicester, and we are working with Health Education England to evaluate the effectiveness of the scheme to tackle this.”


Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g6343

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