Recruitment Support

Recruitment Campaigns

The Cornwall Training Hub support General Practice teams in Cornwall in commissioning at scale recruitment campaigns. Since 2019, the recruitment campaigns have included advertising nationally in the RCGP (print and online), the Nursing Times, as well as local advertising at Cornwall Services. All these campaigns directed potential applicants to the vacancies page of our website.

We have also run Pharmacist recruitment campaigns to develop portfolio roles across the system.

Cornwall Training Hub has attended job fairs and events to represent General Practice in Cornwall (prior to the Covid-19 pandemic and associated restrictions). We promote all vacancies and opportunities that we are aware of. In order to ensure your vacancy is promoted and benefits from this additional advertising, please upload your vacancy via “Post a Job”.

As an additional support to practices, once your vacancy is uploaded to our page, we will also add this to the LMC vacancy page for you here.



Job Matching

In addition to dedicated recruitment of specific roles and professions across Cornwall, the Training Hub support potential applicants looking for a primary care role. We will work with practice teams in Cornwall to identify possible future vacancies or to introduce new roles.


Tier 2 Sponsorship

Kernow Health CIC have successfully obtained approval from the UK Home Office, to provide Tier 2 sponsorship for GPs who have completed their training in Cornwall, or are working in a practice here. We are supporting GPs on a case by case basis, and encourage you to get in touch to see if we can help you to remain working in Cornwall.


International GP Recruitment

The Training Hub works with NHS England to support the International GP Recruitment Programme (IGPR).  This scheme offers comprehensive training to help international GP’s to gain the relevant qualifications and experience to register on the Performers List.  Employment through Kernow Health CIC enables the International GP to work in a practice and undertake the relevant education and training. The Training Hub facilitates the employment arrangements to support the individual GP and works with NHS England to support the wider education and training programme.  Please get in touch to hear more about the scheme and how we facilitate this.

Our first International GP, DR Peter Hobza, had this to say about his experience;

“My name is Dr Pete Hobza; I originally did my GP training in the UK but had moved overseas to Canada to practice as a GP for the last five years. We decided to return to the UK for family reasons. We chose the Southwest as it met our desire for a fun and beautiful place to raise our family of four kids; and it has certainly met our expectations in this regard. Planning our return, I contacted the NHS recruitment team early on and they were supportive throughout; they recommended and enrolled me in the IGPR scheme to help me get back into UK General Practice. Completing IGPR in Cornwall has been a wonderful and supportive experience and I would encourage any international GP’s out there considering practicing in the UK to learn about it. The scheme has a well protected educational and training focus that allowed me to get up to speed with daily practice at a pace that suited my learning needs as I progressed through the scheme. As well, there is thorough professional and helpful financial support which helped greatly with our transition back to the UK. Colleagues at my placement surgery, my supervisors, and folks at my contractual employer Kernow Health CIC have all been super supportive and proactive in helping me successfully enter, progress, and complete the IGPR programme. Our family has found the right balance between work and lifestyle here in the Southwest; we feel lucky to have found a very kind, relaxed, and welcoming community here in the Southwest. The IGPR scheme has been a great programme and network of support for me to re-integrate and re-orientate myself back into UK General Practice, I feel very fortunate to have been able to complete the scheme in Cornwall.  I could not recommend it more highly to any international GP’s out there considering a career move to the UK” 

To find out more about our recruitment support, please contact us at:

Return to Practice


The GP Induction and Refresher (I&R) Scheme provides a safe, supported and direct route for qualified GPs to join or return to NHS general practice in England. If you are a GP looking to return to practice, the Training Hub, in conjunction with NHS England, can offer you a package of support to help you back into the workplace. This includes:

There are three main routes to support returning GPs:

Route 1- Refresher Scheme

For GP’s who have had a break of 2 years or more who would like to return to practice.

Route 2- Induction Route

Support GP’s who have qualified abroad and not worked in the NHS.

Route 3- Portfolio Route

For GPs who have trained or qualified in the UK but working abroad for less than 10 years’ experience. Portfolio evidence of skills can be submitted.

Returning from Maternity

If you are returning from maternity, the Training Hub can offer you coaching or mentoring to help you build confidence, refresh and upskill or manage the transition back to work. Find out more about coaching and mentoring opportunities here.

GP Retention Scheme

This is a national scheme supported by NHS England to support GPs with finance and education to remain in practice who otherwise might be considering leaving the profession.
GPs can remain in session for a maximum of 4 sessions per week, 208 sessions per year which includes CPD and educational support. For further information and guidance please refer to the NHS England website or visit the BMA.

The Training Hub is able to host GP retainers on behalf of practices in Cornwall in partnership with Kernow Health CIC. The GP can then work at a practice or across a PCN. This is a new offer; therefore please contact us to register your interest in hearing further details about the scheme.

If you are a GP practice who would like to become a retainer, please contact us at:

If you are interested in returning to nursing please contact:

For more information see University link

GP returners- Rapid Training Support

Please find attached a support guide to help you up-skill as required returning to the NHS during Covid-19.

Rapid Training Guide for GPs

SuppoRTT – digital and online resources for  GPs

Supporting doctors returning to training after time out

You can find more details on education and training here.

An education guide supporting returning GP’s can also be found on the South west deanery page here