Academic System Leadership GP Fellowships

HEE Kent, Surrey and Sussex (KSS) has developed the Academic System Leadership GP Fellowship (formerly Post CCT GP Fellowship) to support recently qualified GPs to become leaders of the future.

Following recommendations from the GP Forward View HEE London and KSS created a Primary Care Fellowship programme which has been running since 2016. The programme provides GPs with an opportunity to combine a clinical role and funded professional development.

Academic System Leadership GP Fellowship – coming soon for 2021

The programme will be managed locally by the eight Training Hubs across KSS. Training Hubs will work with local GP practices and other providers to develop Fellowships based on local population and workforce needs.

Through the programme Fellows may develop:

  • new and innovative service models which impact and improve population health
  • ways to use skills, knowledge, and enthusiasm for primary care outside of the traditional practice boundaries
  • new knowledge, skills, and competences for example in critical appraisal, leadership and the use of quality improvement techniques
  • an increased understanding of system leadership and the clinical skills and knowledge related population health

The Fellowship programme is intended to be flexible allowing for a range of options; typically, these include:

  • GP based Fellowship – based predominately in general practice/primary care setting. The Fellowship should usually include a minimum of four clinical sessions per week and two sessions of professional development per week where the Fellow will undertake a formal academic qualification
  • integrated Fellowship – with opportunities to develop across wider systems which will usually include a minimum of four clinical sessions in general practice, a minimum of two sessions in another clinical, non-clinical, educational, management or commissioning sphere of work and two sessions of professional development time per week
  • integrated Fellowship with Canterbury Christ Church University – HEE KSS has developed a model Integrated Fellowship in association with colleagues in London and Canterbury Christ Church University which includes: three to four sessions in GP, three to four sessions in either emergency/urgent care, frailty or surviving cancer Postgraduate certificate in Health and Wellbeing with clinical masterclass series aligned to the three clinical areas above
  • integrated Fellowship with The University of Kent – HEE KSS and the university have developed a research orientated programme suitable for those pursuing interests in service commissioning and quality improvement


Fellows should be within the first five years of achieving their CCT, hold a license to practice and have undertaken sufficient clinical work and attended NHS appraisals to maintain their registration on the National Performer List within the two years prior to application for the scheme.

While we encourage GPs, who have recently qualified to apply, exceptional applications may be considered on an individual basis from applicants from outside of the criteria. 

How to apply

We recommend that you contact your local Training Hub team if you are interested in a Fellowship for 2020-21.