Academic System Leadership GP Fellowships

The KSS Primary Care School has developed Academic System Leadership GP Fellowships to support GPs to become leaders in the future. The programme is run by the 3 ICS Training Hubs across KSS. The Training Hubs work with local GP practices and other providers to develop GP Fellowships based on local population and workforce needs.

GP Fellowships programme

The programme offers GPs an opportunity to combine a clinical role with funded professional development. Through the programme, they 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 clinical skills and knowledge related to population health.

GP Fellowships options

The programme is intended to be flexible. Hence the following options are available.

GP Based GP Fellowships are based mainly in a general practice or primary care setting. The GP Fellowship should usually include a three to four clinical sessions per week, and one to two sessions of professional development per week. The GP Fellow will study a formal academic qualification and relevant portfolio work.

An Integrated GP Fellowship gives the opportunity to develop across wider systems. This will usually include three to four clinical sessions on general practice, two to four sessions in another clinical / non clinical / educational / management / commissioning sphere of work, and on to two sessions of professional development time per week.

Integrated GP Fellowship with Canterbury Christ Church University (CCCU) – the KSS Primary Care School has developed a model Integrated GP Fellowship in association with colleagues in London and CCCU which provides a Postgraduate Certification in Healthcare Practice. This option offers a particular focus on urgent / emergency care, frailty and surviving cancer.

Integrated GP Fellowship with University of Kent (UoK) – this integrated Fellowship include a Postgraduate Certificate in Advanced and Specialist Healthcare delivered by the UoK Global and Lifelong Learning provision. This is a research orientated programme suitable for those aspiring to develop their academic skills alongside their professional role.

Eligibility in 2023-24

GP Fellows can be within the first five years of achieving their CCT, must 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, this year’s GP Fellowships encourage applications from mid-career GPs and those seeking portfolio working in later careers.

How to apply

To express interest or to apply, please contact your local Training Hub team.