GP Support

We have a range of support packages to help you if you are GP working in practice, or if you are a Practice, looking for different ways to support one of your GPs who may be thinking of leaving.

Newly Qualified GPs

If you are new into Practice we have a well-established New to Practice programme available, together with early careers support and mentoring to help you settle into your role.  Additional support may also be available to help you run longer clinic times, or receive additional supervision.

Are you mid career and wondering what to do next?

If you are looking to progress your career but not sure where to go next, we can offer you career coaching conversations, explore portfolio role opportunities or offer you leadership development to help you progress your career?  You could also become a GP mentor, undertaking a mentoring qualification and mentor GPs in other practices.

Becoming a GP Partner?

We can provide you with access to webinars, training and development opportunities, or workshops to find out more about becoming a partner.  See below for further details.

Thinking of retiring?

As a valued member of the Practice and wider GP community, we want to ensure that you exit well, or help you to remain working in a way that suits you.  We can offer career coaching, explore portfolio roles, provide pension advice, or help you find work as a Locum.

Further details on our initiatives can be found below. If you can’t find what you are looking for, or for further information on any of our schemes, please email and we will do what we can to find a solution that works for you.


GP Retention Scheme

NHSE GP Retention Scheme

The National GP Retention Scheme is a package of financial and educational support to help GP’s who might otherwise leave the profession, to remain working in general practice.  It is available for those with caring responsibilities, those approaching retirement or those requiring greater flexibility.  For further guidance on the scheme is available here.

The local GP retention scheme is supported by the Peninsula Deanery and can be contacted at Locally, the Training Hub, can also provide you with advice and guidance, and help match you to potential practices.  For further information, please contact

Maternity and Paternity Support

Funded by NHS GP retention funding  we are offering new Mums and Dads maternity and paternity support to help manage the transition from maternity/paternity leave to returning to work and ensure you remain updated professionally.  This is also available for GP’s who may be adopting or fostering.

Maternity Coaching

To help you to transition from maternity leave, we offer a Maternity Coaching programme.  This consists of 5 group sessions to help you plan your future career for you and your family, combining group coaching (with your baby!) and online course content for you to work through in your own time to support you on topics such as:

  • Identity changes
  • Building your confidence
  • Your home life during and after maternity
  • Your long term career
  • Returning to work

You can take part in these sessions at any stage of your maternity.  You will also have the option of an additional 121 coaching session on your return to work.

Please visit our courses page for details of the next available session.

Paternity Coaching

If you are a new Dad, we offer a fully funded 121 coaching session, (the Accelerator Power Hour), to help you adjust to your role as a Dad and juggle your work and family life. We recognise that being a new Dad can be tough, and it’s easy to feel overwhelmed and pulled between family and work.  These sessions offer an opportunity to decompress, share your concerns and come away with 3 personalised actions to make life easier.

These sessions are delivered by Ian Dinwiddy of Inspiring Dads. They provide

  • One hour, 1 to 1 coaching session via Zoom
  • Help you identify your challenges with a pre-call short questionnaire
  • Identify 3 personalised actions to effectively balance work and family life
  • An opportunity to keep your recording to listen to again in

These sessions are arranged on an individual basis to suit your requirements.  To book a session please email

GP Mentoring


Accessing GP mentoring

If you are working as a GP and would like some Mentoring from a local Qualified GP, you don’t have to be on the New to Practice programme to access this.  If you would like some mentoring, please email

Becoming a GP mentor

If you would like to become a qualified GP mentor, we can offer you an accredited qualification and match you with mentees who would like support.  Please email to register your interest.

GP Career Support Hub

GP Career Support Hub

NHS Futures hosts a range of resources to support GPs in their career development, from newly qualified doctors to those approaching the end of their career.  It provides a range of resources and useful contacts.  You will need to create an account to view the resources.  For further information click here.

Coaching Support

GP’s can access the range of training provided as part of the Primary Care Education Programme, which includes courses on Women’s Health, Diabetes, small group facilitation, personalised care and people management skills.

We hold an annual Red Whale update in May each year which is subsidised by the Training Hub.


GP Partner Support

Are you a new GP Partner, or considering becoming one?

We have developed a training needs analysis to help you identify where your training needs might be.  We also have a range of courses, leadership programmes, and mentoring/coaching support to help you in your role.

For further information, please contact

Thinking of retiring or reducing your hours or a change of career?

We can offer you an individual one to one conversation to explore your options.  It is an informal, confidential discussion with one of the Training Hub team.  If you would like to take up this offer, please contact

Various career options may be available to you, including taking on an education role.  This may be:

Teaching medical students

Whether in a small group or individually, developing your expertise in education can help grow the next generation.  Opportunities may be available locally with the VTS or Exeter Medical School.

 GP Appraiser

If this is a role your are interested in, talk to your own or other appraisers, or contact your local appraisal lead for further information.

GP Mentor

Train to become a GP Mentor under the Supporting Mentors Scheme and support those new to practice.  This scheme is linked to the Fellowship scheme and funds you to become a GP Mentor and to deliver sessions.  For further information visit our Supporting Mentors pages.

NHS Leadership Academy

There are a wide variety of development opportunities available through the NHS Leadership Academy.  Visit their website for further information.


The BMA offer a variety of career development and leadership courses.  Visit their website for further details.

Portfolio Careers

We offer a Mid-Career Programme delivered by Doctor Rachel Morris from the Shapes Toolkit and “you are not a frog” podcast.  This is a 6 month programme covering six modules both face to face and in the evening.

It focusses on surviving your job now and crafting a career for the future.  For further details or to book your place please visit our courses page.

In addition we can offer one to one coaching sessions to help you explore your future career plans.  To discuss further, or to arrange a session, please contact