New to General Practice Nurse – SPIN Fellowship

  • SPIN (Salaried Portfolio Innovation New to Practice Fellowship Scheme) is a programme implemented across London to support all new to practice GPNs to take up substantive salaried roles. It is crucial in the beginning of their careers in General Practice that nurses have a manageable workload, healthy work life balance and educational opportunities to advance their careers.
  • As a GPN you will have the opportunity to undertake 1-2 sessions in a portfolio role for up to two years.
  • You will have access to join monthly facilitated peer support groups facilitated by the GPN Programme Director.

Along with their normal clinical sessions within the practice, a SPIN  New to Practice fellow will spend 1-2 sessions in professional development.

This can range from:

  • Quality improvement/innovation projects within their practice or Primary Care Network
  • Working in community or secondary care services
  • Supporting medical education or research.

Examples of current fellowships include:

  • Medical education
  • Cervical Smear project
  • Population health
  • Children and Adolescence Mental Health Services
  • Assessing the Impact of Frailty Service

SPIN Fellows are encouraged to develop a proposal for how they would spend their fellowship years. Practices looking to recruit are encouraged to consider possible fellowship projects that would be undertaken during the year, that would be attractive to prospective fellows and meet the overarching needs and principles of the practice.

  • Networking with peers.
  • Opportunity to establish specialist knowledge in an area of interest.
  • Access to CPD in addition to a funded fellowship.
  • Funding for one session a week for a year is £3,800 and your practice will receive on costs.
  • Become rooted in your local PCN and system.
  • Are new to general practice within the last 12 months (18 months if they have taken maternity/paternity/adoptive/sick leave).
  • Holds a valid NMC registration.
  • Holds a substantive (minimum of 4 session) salaried role in a GP Practice in NW London.
Option 1
  • Minimum of 4 clinical sessions in General Practice.
  • 1 session per week in Portfolio Role (funding via Training Hub).

Supportive Resources: Monthly peer support.

Option 2
  • Minimum of 4 clinical sessions in General Practice.
  • 1 session per week in Portfolio Role (funding via Training Hub).
  • 1 session per week in Portfolio Role (funding via Portfolio Role Employer).

Supportive Resources: Monthly peer support.

Option 3
  • Minimum of 4 clinical sessions in General Practice.
  • 2  session per week for one year in to complete an established PGCert Bursary.

Supportive Resources: Monthly peer support.

NHSE are offering a limited number of places on a Postgraduate Certificate in Healthcare Practice, to GPN fellows as part of our London SPIN-New to Practice Scheme. The PG Cert comprises three 20 credit modules, with sessions delivered on the same day each week over 12 months during the Academic Year 2022-23. Any face-to-face teaching sessions and additional Masterclass sessions will be delivered in a London venue. Places are funded by NHSE and include a bursary.