The latest GP recruitment round in Scotland is advertising 100 training places, 37 of which will attract a £20,000 bursary. The additional money will be a one off payment for GP trainees who take up posts in “hard to fill locations, such as remote and rural areas,” where there have been difficulties filling training places in recent years.
Vacancies are being advertised by NHS Education Scotland on behalf of Scottish health boards. The 37 training posts attracting the bursary are in eight programmes being run in the West of Scotland (Ayrshire & Arran; Dumfries & Galloway; Lanarkshire; Glasgow & Clyde), East of Scotland, and the North of Scotland (Grampian; Caledonian).
The two week recruitment campaign runs until August 25 and is promoting the benefits of living and working in Scotland. Announcing the initiative, Scotland’s Health Secretary Shona Robison said: “we know there are some parts of the country that have challenges recruiting – mainly because of their geographical location. So we’re offering a financial incentive with certain posts to fill these vital training places.”
In addition to investing in primary care, “we’ve also abolished the bureaucratic system of GP payments, QOF, and are working on a new Scottish GP contract to support our wider efforts to make primary care services fit for the future,” she said.
The Scottish Government set out its plans to recruit more GPs for rural areas a year ago. The latest batch of 100 vacancies brings the total number of GP specialist training posts advertised this year to 439.