Schemes launched to attract new doctors to South Tyneside

Dr Jen Hunter, left, and Dr Urmila Roy-Craggs, right, are both on the scheme.
Dr Jen Hunter, left, and Dr Urmila Roy-Craggs, right, are both on the scheme.

Health bosses are aiming to attract new GPs to South Tyneside after launching two innovative schemes.

The initiatives, which are being supported by NHS South Tyneside Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), are aimed at young doctors.

These schemes will support young doctors to develop their skills and knowledge to contribute to the increasing role that GPs play in managing the health budget and developing services

Dr Jon Tose

The first is the Northumbria GP training scheme, while the second is a GP clinical fellowship programme, which is a two-year post aimed at newly-qualified GPs.

It allows them to work for three-quarters of their time within general practice, with the remaining quarter at the CCG to help improve services.

NHS South Tyneside CCG’s clinical lead, Dr Jon Tose, said: “These posts help us encourage new GPs to work in our patch and ensure that their experiences with patients are shared with the CCG to improve our commissioning for the borough. These schemes will support young doctors to develop their skills and knowledge to contribute to the increasing role that GPs play in managing the health budget and developing services.” 

Dr Jen Hunter, 29, originally from the West Midlands, is taking advantage of the first scheme after accepting a 12-month integrated training post as a GP registrar.

It will see her spend her final year of training in South Tyneside, part-time at Central Surgery, in South Shields, and part-time with the CCG.

The first person recruited to the fellowship programme, meanwhile, is Dr Urmila Roy-Craggs, 32, who started in March and is based at the Glen Medical group, in Hebburn, three days a week, with one day at the CCG.