GP Clinical Fellow

The NHS Five Year Forward View (FYFV) gave a target of 250 GP Fellowships by 2020. As part of this Health Education England (HEE) agreed a national programme framework and investment model, which will be managed by HEE across the North. The North East and North Cumbria has approval for 15 posts and South Durham Health has secured funding as part of this programme to offer one of these posts for candidates who want to work in our practices.

The post will provide:

  • A 1 year programme designed to promote career progression
  • Fully funded educational options to post graduate certificate level
  • Full or part time supportive employment in a South Durham GP Practice
  • A fellowship role which consists of a paid clinical placement and education and development
  • 1 year contract, salary based on £75,249 pro rata for the fellowship element and by agreement with the employing practice for the remaining sessions.

The posts is aimed primarily at those GPs who are within their first 2 years of qualification. However, any qualified GP will be eligible to apply. Less than full time applications can be supported.

The aim of the programme is to support newly qualified GPs to develop the leadership skills required for the future of GP development. This will facilitate both individual career development and local health service needs.

Please contact Jill Moulton South Durham Health  01429 807245, or email jill.moulton@nhs.net or Dr Kamal Sidhu kamalsidhu@nhs.net.

The closing date for applications is  Tuesday 19th September and interviews will take place on Friday 28th September 2018 at Wheatley Hill Surgery, Wheatley Hill, Co Durham DH6 3NP.

 Primary Care Service for Easington and Sedgefield 

From 1st April 2017, South Durham Health has operated a new Primary Care Service which provides access to a minor ailment service accessed through 111 in five locations – Sedgefield, Newton Aycliffe, Spennymoor, Peterlee and Seaham (a sixth location in Easington is operated by Intrahealth with whom we work closely).  We have recruited experienced Advanced Nurse Practitioners plus reception staff to work in the service which is managed on behalf of South Durham Health by GP practices who are members of the federation.  Local GPs also work in the service. The service has had very positive patient feedback. In our most recent survey, with 94% of patients responding  in Sedgefield, Spennymoor and Newton Aycliife and   97% in Peterlee and Seaham  saying that they would be likely or extremely  likely to recommend the service to friends and family,

Primary Mental Health Service

This service has been operating since 1st April 2016 and there is high demand for access to the nurse employed by Tees Esk and Wear Valley NHS Foundation Trust who deliver this service into all the practices in South Durham.  With our partners the Intrahealth federation we agreed earlier this year to convert three part time posts to full time to increase the clinical capacity available and to make posts more attractive. There is now full recruitment to all 9 posts within the service.

Clinical Pharmacists in General Practice

We were successful in bidding for funding as part of the NHS England Clinical Pharmacists in General Practice (Wave 3) programme and have recruited three additional clinical pharmacists to work with Bewick Crescent and Jubilee Medical Group, Shotton Medical Practice, Station Road Surgery and New Seaham Practice, Horden Group Practice and the Avenue Family Practice. All three pharmacists are now in post.

Primary Care Home

All practices across South Durham are working together better to meet the needs of their local population, with teams of staff employed by other organisations and agencies also now grouped around practices and their patients.   These Primary Care Home groups are: 

Sedgefield 1: Hallgarth Surgery, Bewick Crescent Surgery, Peaseway Medical Centre, Jubilee Medical Group

Sedgefield 2: St Andrews Medical Practice, Bishops Close Medical Practice, Oxford Rd Medical Centre, Ferryhill & Chilton Medical Practice, Skerne Medical Group, West Cornforth Medical Practice

Easington 1: Blackhall & Peterlee Practice, William Brown Centre, Horden Group Practice, Shinwell Medical Group, Silverdale Family Practice

Easington 2: Station Rd Surgery, Carodoc Surgery, intrahealth @ Wingate, Shotton Medical Practice, Southdene Medical Centre,Phoenix Medical Group

Easington 3: Murton Medical Group, Avenue Family Practice, Marlborough Practice, New Seaham Medical Centre, Deneside Medical Centre.

South Durham Health is engaged with each Primary Care Home Group and with the leads in each PCH area individually and collectively to develop this integrated way of working.