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What is a Clinical Academic GP?
A clinical academic GP is a clinician who specialises in General Practice but also spends some of their time doing academic work, which may include some teaching. In addition, some GPs in training are appointed to fellowships, such as the NIHR In Practice Fellowship.
NHS England is the overarching NHS Body for GPS and the regional team is NHS East of England.
Most of the GP’s who are employed with the School of Clinical Medicine, hold a post at a GP Surgery or Practice and carry out academic duties on a part-time basis, measured in Programmed Activities, and issued with a co-terminous contract of employment. A secondment agreement would not be used for GPs. Secondment agreements with GP Surgery’s and Practices were difficult to implement as GPs can be partnered or salaried and to ensure parity, it was felt that a contract of employment would be issued instead.
Senior Academic GP
A senior academic GP is a clinical academic specialising in primary care who have a substantive contract of employment with a higher education institution at senior lecturer one level and above and are:
- considered to be undertaking duties and responsibilities commensurate with consultant clinical academic staff
- are registered general practitioners
- are practising clinicians normally based in an undergraduate medical school.
All substantively employed GPs who take up a part time post at the School of Clinical Medicine will be issued with a co-terminous contract of employment. The contract of employment with the GP Surgery or Practice is to satisfy the Honorary Clinical Consultant contract requirements and this needs to be provided in order for a contract of employment to be issued.
The contract clause is as follows:
This is an integrated appointment between the University and NHS England and you will therefore also be issued with an Honorary Consultant Clinical Contract by NHS England (“NHS Trust”). You should be aware that if your contract with the NHS Trust is terminated, this contract will be terminated and vice versa.
Your duties under this contract and under your Honorary Clinical Consultant Contract will be jointly agreed through the integrated job planning processes taking account of the whole of your work for the University and the NHS and will be included in a single integrated job plan.
All GPs should have an annual job plan which should include:
- Clinical duties
- Primary care team meetings
- Specific specialist roles in the practice
- Medical student or registrar teaching or training
- Personal CPD (continuing professional development) time
The job plan should include the duties under the GP Practice/Surgery and the School of Clinical Medicine. The job plan needs to be approved by the GP Practice/Surgery and the Head of Department.
Salary Scales and Salary Setting
The School of Clinical Medicine employs GPs on the appropriate NHS salary scales.
Senior Academic GPs
Senior Academic GPs are paid on the following scale and also see Annex B GPs below. Salaries are confirmed by the Recruitment Adviser upon appointment. (A senior academic GP is defined as a clinical academic specialising in Primary Care who has a substantive contract of employment with an HE institution at Senior Lecturer level or above and is considered to be undertaking duties and responsibilities commensurate with consultant clinical academic staff)
GPs below Senior Academic Level
If the GP is not a senior academic, the salary scale is as follows and would be used for a Consultant in a junior post (e.g. Fellowship at junior doctor level) and Qualified Early Career GPs (on the GP Register):
|With effect from 1 April 2021|
|Point 1||£ 55,395|
|Point 2||£ 59,845|
|Point 3||£ 64,298|
|Point 4||£ 68,755|
|Point 5||£ 74,433|
|Point 6||£ 78,360|
UCEA refer to the above scale as ‘Senior Lecturer/Reader Scale. These points are Higher Education Specific and have no NHS equivalent.
There is no payscale for salaried GPs. If a salaried GP, the appointment salary would be set by the Recruitment Adviser, School of Clinical Medicine, with considerations to the type of post (e.g. academic or Fellowship) and the level of clinical experience.
Any questions or queries regarding GP appointments as well as discussions regarding potential appointments before advertising or offer stage should be directed to the Recruitment Adviser, School of Clinical Medicine.