Press Release – GP Development Programme

Suffolk seeks views on GP development programme

Press Release

Suffolk seeks views on GP development programme

18 December 2013

Suffolk GP Federation is seeking feedback on its plans to offer a career development programme for GPs in the county. The development programme would be free for Suffolk GPs, with sessions run locally to encourage networking.

The Chair of Suffolk GP Federation, Dr Tim Reed, says: “Medical students and newly qualified GPs have been telling us that the recruitment and retention of GPs in Suffolk could be improved if we offered a career development programme. We are very keen to explore this idea and would welcome feedback on our initial ideas and any suggestions.”

The programme would include training to support career development as well as mentoring and opportunities to expand expertise.  It would be designed so that it does not replicate what other organisations are already doing.

Feedback on the proposed development programme and any additional suggestions for courses should be sent by email to


Initial ideas for the Suffolk GP Federation Programme

  • Enhanced non clinical practice role – a series of modular courses for GPs wishing to take on non-clinical responsibility within their practice.

    This would cover:

    • Clinical QoF achievement.
    • Delivering LTC management
    • Management skills e.g. leadership, conducting meetings, team working and development planning
  • So you want to be a partner? – for those interested in becoming partners:
    • The role of partners and their responsibilities.
    • Introduction to finance and contracting.
    • Interview skills and development of an action plan.
  • Future Leaders Programme – link to Board development and identify future potential directors.
  • Preparing for retirement – workshops encouraging retirees to join the locum chambers
  • Expanding expertise:
    • Training to work as cardiology or dermatology clinical assistants, to work in intermediate clinics supervised by local consultants.
    • Job swaps with other participating Federation practices.
    • Two year secondments to New Zealand with a guarantee of employment in Suffolk when they return.


For further press information about Suffolk GP Federation please call:

Penny Arbuthnot, Genesis PR           Telephone: 01473 326401 / 07885 238374



Suffolk GP Federation

The not-for-profit Suffolk GP Federation has 40 independent GP practices covering 360,000 patients and is growing quickly. Its objectives are to improve the range and quality of local healthcare. Members remain independent GP organisations whilst collaborating in the further development of local primary care and the delivery of improved services for patients.