In 2017 we recruited 3,157 doctors into speciality general practitioner (GP) training places; this was the highest number of GP trainees ever. Health Education England is making 3,250 places available per year.
There are a number of schemes in place to encourage doctors to enter GP speciality training. This includes the “One career endless opportunities. Choose GP” advertising campaign; the Targeted Enhanced Recruitment Scheme which offers a £20,000 bursary to GP trainees committed to spend their three year training programme in “hard to recruit” areas; the Global Health Fellowship which offers overseas placements for GP trainees and the National Institute for Health Research Academic Clinical Fellowship Programme which incorporates academic training into GP speciality training.