General Practitioner

GPs are a valued and vital part of the NHS team. Regardless of where you are on your career path – considering the specialty, straight out of training, in your mid-career or nearing retirement – Greater Manchester can offer you opportunities to develop a rewarding and sustainable career in general practice. Find out more by exploring the sections below.

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Greater Manchester GP support To sign up to the GM GP distribution list please email Return to Practice: Assessments, refresher training and supervised placement for GPs after an absence from work of more than 2 years GP Excellence: support for general practices and individuals through every stage of improvement Primary Care Knowledge Boost: join doctors Sara and Lisa as they interview specialists from around Greater Manchester with the aim of improving the confidence and knowledge of local primary care clinicians. NHS Futures: Support for GP’s whether you are straight out of training, mid-career or nearing retirement GM Training Hub facilitates and provides education and training to help you deliver excellent healthcare GM GP Careers health and wellbeing page offers guidance on stress, sickness and financial wellbeing support To access GM Health and wellbeing support email To access support with appraisal and revalidation email NHS Retention: A financial and educational package for GPs who are considering leaving, left or are approaching retirement GP Phoenix offers funded career development programmes designed for mid-career GPs who have been fully qualified for at least 5 years Mentorship for experienced GPs to support newly qualified GPs with reimbursement to conduct one session of mentoring per week 5 Year Plus Mentoring: access mentoring support from experienced GPs. Linked to the GM GP Fellowship Programme HEE PED: 2-year professional eduation and development course run by GPs for GPs, including 3 day residential modules in the Lake District Mentoring: access mentoring support from experienced GPs through the GM GP Fellowship Programme For enquiries about the National Performers List please email The Greater Manchester GP Fellowship offers newly qualified GPs weekly paid CPD sessions, coaching, masterclasses and peer support Peer support: to access Greater Manchester GP peer support groups please email The Greater Manchester Workforce Bank is a job rostering service connecting Locums to sessional work in General Practice The Greater Manchester Primary Care Careers platform provides the latest primary care job vacancies from NHS Jobs GM Workforce Connect is a job matching service connecting employers and people looking for work with primary care job opportunities The Skilled Worker Sponsorship Programme supports GPs who require a visa sponsorship by  matching them with vacancies to licence holding practices The British Medical Association (BMA) lobbies and campaigns on issues impacting the medical profession Gateway C provides information to enable earlier and faster cancer diagnosis. They offer free study days, infographics, seminars and videos The Greater Manchester Cancer Academy provides skills and tools necessary to deliver the best cancer patient care Visit the Primary Care Provider Board website to find information and signposting to support ongoing quality improvement View information about the borough of Bolton View information about the borough of Bury View information about the borough of Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale View information about the borough of Manchester View information about the borough of Oldham View information about the borough of salford View information about the borough of Stockport View information about the borough of Tameside and Glossop View information about the borough of Trafford View information about the borough of Wigan

General practitioners (GPs) treat all common medical conditions and refer patients to hospitals and other medical services for urgent and specialist treatment. They focus on the health of the whole person combining physical, psychological and social aspects of care.

General practitioners have an important role in looking after patients in their homes and within the communities where they live. They are part of a much wider team whose role includes promoting, preventing and initiating treatment. GPs look after patients with chronic illness, with the aim to keep people in their own homes and ensuring they are as well as they possibly can be.

GPs are often the first point of contact for anyone with a physical or mental health problem and patients can be at their most anxious. Looking after the whole person – the physical, emotional, social, spiritual, cultural and economic aspects through patient-centred approaches is a vital part of any GP’s role. This is becoming more important with terminally ill patients often choosing to stay at home.

There are over 1.3 million GP consultations in the UK every day, most of which take place in a GP surgery or within the patient’s home. GPs occasionally work as part of teams attached to hospitals with roles in accident and emergency centres, discharge planning and in unscheduled care (such as urgent care centres). In the community they may run clinics in schools and in residential and nursing care homes.

Medical Education

Courses are available for GPs who wish to clinically supervise the wider workforce in a Primary Care learning environment. This workforce includes Pharmacists, Physician Associates, International GPs and Advanced Healthcare Practitioners in line with the NHS Long Term Plan and the new GP Contract. There is also a GMC requirement to be an approved Clinical Supervisor if a GP is taking on this role. Find out more »

Tier 2 Doctors

Tier 2 is an immigration route for non-European Economic Area (EEA) migrants who wish to work in the UK. Tier 2 GP Trainees are sponsored by Health Education England (HEE), but that sponsorship ends when they complete training and so must find employment with a new sponsoring organisation or must return to their home country. NHS England provides financial support to newly qualified Tier 2 GPs to help them remain in the UK. Find out more »