Early Career GPs

With so many roles and options on offer, it’s a fantastic time to be a GP in Greater Manchester – and to build a career as diverse as you wish. You can develop your skills, gain experience and find a combination of responsibilities that suit your career aspirations and your work/life requirements.

Please Contact Us should you have any queries regarding any of the information below and visit the Jobs section to view current opportunities.

What are your options once you qualify as an GP? It’s never too early to start thinking about the kind of direction you want to take your career in – or simply to start looking into what opportunities are available to you.

  • Job adverts are not the only resource for finding out about vacancie
  • Ask any doctors you know for local openings and your GP Trainer
  • Ensure you commit to the process of applying for a job – you will have to spend time filling in forms, travelling and making phone calls, so try to allow for this. Practices may think you are inflexible or not committed if you keep changing your availability.

What are you looking for?

  • What is your ideal job? Full or part time, small or large practice, rural or urban? Do you have a special interest? Do you want to work in a training practice?
  • Find out what the local pay rates are to ensure you are being realistic
  • If you are not sure about what you want, consider splitting your time between practices (you can be a salaried GP in more than one practice) or look at fellowships and portfolio options to give you variety.

First impressions count

  • Apply as stated. Don’t just send off a routine CV if the advert asks you to complete an application form
  • More practices are now asking for application forms, especially if the role is advertised via NHS Jobs. Although this will be more time consuming to complete, from the practice’s point of view it discourages those who are not that keen
  • A well-written application will get you noticed. Remember to include reasons why you want that particular job, such as the location or if you have a specific interest
  • Tailor your responses accordingly
  • Don’t put things down that you cannot substantiate at the interview
  • An informal visit will get you known, and you can gain an impression about the practice. It is worth visiting even if you don’t meet the doctors. Receptionists and practice managers can give you useful information, such as how the vacancy arose or practice demographics.


  • Don’t worry if you are interviewing at more than one practice – this will not be perceived negatively and it is important you find the right working environment for you
  • More practices are varying the interview process, so ask what it involves
  • Some may ask candidates to bring a video of a recent consultation, or to complete a teamworking questionnaire. Others may bring all the candidates together for group tasks or ask you to do a presentation.
  • Choose your referees well. If one of them is not your trainer you will be asked why
  • Keep your referees up to date with what you are applying for and tell them they may be contacted
  • If you have not been for an interview recently, speak to people who have, or if you know somebody who has done a lot of interviewing speak to them
  • Think about obvious questions, for example if you have a gap on your CV, ensure you can explain this. If you have done an interesting job abroad be ready to explain the benefits for your future practice; and if you are lacking in a certain specialty, think how you will explain that
  • You will get a chance to ask your own questions, so prepare. Sensible questions show you understand the practice. Don’t be afraid to write down your questions and take them with you, as you may forget them under pressure

Post interview

  • If there is a second interview involved, clarify anything from the first round
  • Irrespective of the number of interviews, don’t be afraid to ask a practice whether you can spend some time shadowing or to meet the team as part of the interview process
  • If you don’t get shortlisted, ask for feedback. This can be valuable in refining your CV and application form or interviewing skills. It may be that the practice was looking for somebody with different skills or personality type, so try not to take it personally.


  • If you receive an offer, you do not need to give a decision straightaway, however it is recommended that you acknowledge it and agree a timescale for a response
  • If possible, request a copy of the contract documentation ahead of making a decision
  • Negotiation around some terms and conditions may be possible depending on the circumstances and the employer
  • If you have any concerns regarding the contract, seek advice from the BMA or a trusted colleague / mentor
  • Do not be afraid to decline an offer if it is not right for you

Trainees on a Tier 2 Visa

  • We offer lots of support to GP Trainees on a Tier 2 visa who may need assistance finding a practice in Greater Manchester with a sponsorship license
  • We have over 60 licensed practices; find out more in our Tier 2 Doctors section.

The RCGP’s ‘First5’ initiative is designed to support members in the five years after qualifying. The initiative is supported by the First5 Committee, a group of newly-qualified GPs with representatives from every faculty across the UK. The committee aims to support and improve the transition from trainee to independent practitioner right through your first five years, and act as your voice both locally and nationally.

First5 members also have access to a range of RCGP resources and events.

Transition events include:

  • ‘Life after VTS’ events, designed to equip trainees to prepare for life as a newly qualified GP
  • ‘Welcome to First5’ events, which aim to introduce you to your area and connect you to your peers and useful local contacts

The First5 ‘Work, Wellbeing and your Future’ transition handbook provides information and support to ST3s and newly qualified GPs. To request a copy email first5@rcgp.org.uk.

First5 members have access to a community of over 10,000 First5 members and 53,000 overall members across the UK and globally. Through this community, you can access:

  • career mentoring through your local faculty
  • the opportunity to build your own personal support network or CPD group with support from the College
  • free local faculty social and peer-to-peer networking events
  • local volunteering opportunities.

You’ll have access to wellbeing events and resources including ‘Be the Best You’ conferences, the RCGP parkrun initiative and local resilience and wellbeing events.

Find out more
To learn more visit www.rcgp.org.uk/first5 or email first5@rcgp.org.uk 
Wellbeing events and resources: www.rcgp.org.uk/wellbeing 
Local events and initiatives: www.rcgp.org.uk/faculties

Next Generation GP is aimed at GP trainees and early career GPs (first 5-7 years) with an interest in health policy and the wider NHS. The programme is about empowering a new generation of leaders in primary care, equipping them with the skills and networks to succeed and empowering them with the belief that they can translate insight into impact.

Next Gen GP is a funded national leadership programme, aiming to:

  • ENERGISE: through access to the stories, perspectives and expertise of inspiring leaders
  • ENGAGE: through a supportive network of like-minded local trainees and early career GPs
  • EMPOWER: through a series of workshops designed to increase your ability to shape care within and beyond your organisation

To find out more about Next Generation GP events in Manchester, visit : https://nextgenerationgp.co.uk/programmes/north-west/manchester

The General Practice Fellowship programme is a national commitment announced in the NHS Long Term Plan, and restated in the February 2020 ‘Update to the GP Contract agreement 2020/21–2023/24’.

It is a two-year programme of support, available to all newly-qualified GPs and nurses working substantively in general practice, with an explicit focus on working within and across a Primary Care Network (PCN). Integrated care systems (ICSs) and Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships (STPs) should encourage all eligible clinicians to sign up, and aim for as close to 100% coverage as possible

The programme offers support with PCN portfolio working and learning and development post-registration, supporting nurses and GPs to take up substantive roles, understand the context they are working in and become embedded in the PCN, as well as increase and maintain high levels of participation in the primary care workforce.

Participants receive funded mentorship and funded CPD opportunities of one session per week (pro rata), and rotational placements within or across PCNs to develop experience and support transition into the workforce.

The General Practice Fellowship programme guidance outlines the programme which all Integrated Care Systems and Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships, Primary Care Networks, training hubs and other local partners are expected to continue delivery of in 2020/21, utilising national funding, and building on the first stage of the offer which was launched in the latter part of 2019/20. The enhanced 2020/21 offer launch was delayed from 1 April to August to respect local capacity needed in relation to COVID-19.

Download the General Practice Fellowship programme guidance.

Health Education England’s (HEE) GP fellowships programme provides additional support and development for newly qualified GPs or those in their first few years of practice. The programme directly contributes to the transformation of the primary care workforce by supporting both the acquisition of clinical maturity in general practice and extended development in specific clinical or professional areas, furthering both local workforce capability and the career aspirations of the GP Fellows themselves.

To learn more about HEE post-CCT fellowships in the NW, visit: https://nwpgmd.nhs.uk/post-cct-gp-fellowship-programme-hee-nw

All fellowship posts will also be advertised on NHS Jobs (and this website) when they are available

The New to Partnership Payment Scheme (N2PP) is a new commitment from the February 2020 ‘Update to the GP Contract agreement 2020/21–2023/24’, forming part of the suite of interlocking GP recruitment and retention initiatives. The overarching aim of the scheme is to grow the number of partners – and individuals with equivalent status – working in primary care, stabilising the partnership model and helping to increase clinicians’ participation levels so that primary medical care and the patients it serves have access to the workforce they need.

The scheme gives eligible participants a sum of up to £20,000 plus a contribution towards on-costs of up to £4,000 (for a full time participant) available to support establishment as a partner, as well as up to £3,000 in a training fund to develop non-clinical partnership skills. In order to participate in the scheme, applicants will be required to ensure that they submit an application form and supplementary evidence to NHSEI and meet the eligibility criteria.

To be eligible to participate in the scheme, the applicant must:

  • be a Health Care Professional working in general practice who are registered with their respective professional body and delivering clinical care to patients in general practice through a GMS/ PMS/ APMS contract
  • not have been a partner in a GP practice before
  • hold a profit-shares, legally-liable partnership
  • commit to remaining a partner in a GP practice for five years (or pay back a portion of the loan)
  • deliver a minimum of two clinical sessions per week in their partnership practice throughout the five year period
  • have signed a partnership agreement on or after 1 April 2020 and before the scheme closes
  • have a minimum of two years remaining in their contract.

How to apply?

Initially applications will be accepted by email at: england.newtopartnershipenquiries@nhs.net, following which an application portal will be established.

Interested colleagues and their practice should review the New to Partnership Payment Scheme guidance, complete the application template and provide supplementary evidence to support their application. ​All prospective applicants are invited to take their own financial advice before applying to the scheme.

Please refer to the Privacy Notice for details of how NHS England will use the personal information that you provide.


For any New to Partnership Payment Scheme queries please review the FAQs, which are available on the Future NHS Collaboration Platform, or contact the team: england.newtopartnershipenquiries@nhs.net

If you don’t already hold a Future NHS account you can simply register via the FutureNHS login page. Should you have any issues accessing the platform please contact our Primary Care Workforce team at england.primarycareworkforce@nhs.net.

National Institute for Health Research (NIHR)
Examples of opportunities available within research:

  • NIHR In-Practice Fellowships are designed to support fully-qualified General Practitioners, General Dental Practitioners and Community Dentists who have outstanding potential as a researcher and/or educationalist
  • Innovation Scholars Scheme supports secondments for academics to develop new technologies and techniques to help NHS patients as soon as possible

For further information, visit: https://bit.ly/2TP78Bs

Capacity Building in Primary Care Research

Primary care is central to improving the health of an ageing population and yet capacity in primary care research remains low. Building on a strong track record of leading high-quality primary care research, the University of Manchester is committed to addressing this gap.

Research contacts for Greater Manchester:

The NHS North West Leadership Academy (NHS NWLA) empowers people in the North West to secure better health, care and wellbeing outcomes through leadership. Within the system and across diverse communities – they work to develop compassionate leaders and the conditions for inclusive, future focused leadership.

NHS NWLA is a member-led NHS organisation, which has been operating since 2007. By operating a membership model, they move in pace with members, are open to new approaches and engage with uncertainty together. Learn more at: https://www.nwacademy.nhs.uk/ and view the calendar of events here: https://www.nwacademy.nhs.uk/whats-on

GPs with Extended Roles (GPwERs) undertake roles that are beyond the scope of GP training and the MRCGP and require additional training. The term GPwER includes those previously referred to as GPs with Special Interests (GPwSIs). For further information visit: www.rcgp.org.uk/gpwer

The Clinical Innovation and Research Centre (CIRC) deliver a wide portfolio of projects that serve to raise the profile of clinical areas in primary care. Find out more at www.rcgp.org.uk/circ

The BMA salaried GP handbook is a valuable resource for salaried GPs and GP employers, covering everything from legal entitlements to maternity leave, redundancy and employment protection. https://www.bma.org.uk/media/4909/bma-salaried-gp-handbook-2021-13-december.pdf

The National GP Retainer (Retention) Scheme is aimed at GPs who may be looking to leave general practice or have left general practice, who are unable to undertake regular part time work and cannot commit to working more than four sessions a week (for example, due to child care responsibilities).

The scheme supports both the retained GP and the practice by offering financial support in recognition of the fact that this role offers greater flexibility and educational support than a ‘regular’ part-time salaried post.

For more information about the scheme in the North West and how to apply, visit https://www.nwpgmd.nhs.uk/general_practice/gp_retainer_scheme.

The BMA offers personal, step-by-step guidance, FAQs and practical tools on the topics you face on a day-to-day basis as a GP, as well as a variety of career development and leadership courses. To learn more phone 0300 123 1233 or visit: www.bma.org.uk

Podcasts are a great way to listen to and stay up to date with a series of published audio episodes. GM has its own podcast called “Primary Care Knowledge Boost” which is supported by the GP Excellence Programme. The podcasts are FREE to access and can be counted towards CPD points. They have been hugely successful and now attract over 30,000 listeners, however this number is still growing!

What are the podcasts about?
The podcasts were developed by two GP Fellows in Wigan. They were working with the CCG to help bring about improvements in their local area for patients and healthcare professionals and wanted to develop a regularly released educational podcast for primary care clinicians.
They interview specialists from a range of different areas, in a bid to enable clinicians in primary care to feel more confident on a wide range of subjects. Some of the currently available topics include heart failure, acid reflux, abnormal LFTs and contraception. Future releases include a haematology series and talking about resilience.

Listening on a podcast app
If you listen to podcasts already, you can find us on your favourite podcast app by searching “Primary Care Knowledge Boost”. If you don’t have a podcast app, they are free and can be installed on most devices.

To install:

  1. Go to your phone’s app store (the Google Play Store for Android users and the iTunes store for iPhone users)
  2. Download a podcast app. Our favourites are ‘Castbox’, ’Pocketcasts’ and ‘Spotify’, as well as Apple’s own ‘Podcasts’ app for iPhone users
  3. Open your app and search for ‘Primary Care Knowledge Boost’
  4. Click “Subscribe”.

Once you have installed an app and subscribed you should now be able to view all previous podcasts and will be notified when new ones are posted.