An exciting time to be an east London GP

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In keeping with our approach to lead on the things that can only be achieved by all the councils and NHS organisations across east London working together, we are working on recruiting and keeping key staff, including general practitioners or GPs.

Trainee and experienced GPs (general practitioners) looking for a great place to work, get plenty of support, advice and information when they come to east London. Watch our video and find out why. 

Research carried out by the Partnership, Health Education England and Queen Mary University provided important insights into what factors are most important for GPs coming to work in east London and staying here. You can download the report here.

Innovation happens in east London

General practice is at the heart of healthcare for many people. More surgeries are providing a wider range of services including pharmacies, child health services, phlebotomy (blood tests) and much more.

Many GPs are working closely with colleagues across health and social care as part of innovative programmes, including 'pop-up' clinics, street doctoring, and social prescribing. There are opportunities to develop your leadership skills through a range of academic and external partners, as well as through support provided by Community Education Provider Networks.

We have great opportunities for trainees, experienced GPs and locums, whatever stage you're at in your career, you'll find a wealth of opportunities in over 280 practices.

In April 2019 we held the second very successful GP careers fair in Stratford. Over 125 people registered to the attend the event which gave GP trainees an opportunity to meet all the east London GP federations, CEPNs (community education provider networks), and working east London GPs. 

We've also produced a guide to working as a GP in east London which you can download here.

You can find out more about each of the east London GP federations below and what they have to offer.

For more information about working as a GP in east London contact Teddy Abrokwa, 

GP recruitment campaign, dynamic east London

Barking and Dagenham is one of the most diverse and innovative boroughs in London, and we're always looking for more innovative methods to deliver high quality outcomes for patients. An example of this is the Barking Riverside development, which will be a newly built area with new models of healthcare.

Another example of innovation is the GP SPIN programme designed in Barking and Dagenham, which encourages and helps newly qualified GPs to develop a career portfolio whilst working in the area.

We understand the importance of supporting our present workforce. Currently we’re doing this through our retention programme, which gives GPs one-to-one coaching and career development opportunities. GPs working in Barking and Dagenham have opportunities to work in multiple practices, which means they can make a more informed choice when deciding where to work.

The leadership programme is another initiative started in the area. The programme gives GPs who are interested in leadership roles opportunities to lead in any clinical or non-clinical field. In the past, participants have chosen projects such as workforce, mental health and physiotherapy. Find out more email, or visit 


Havering Collaborative consists of the Havering Federation and the three established GP networks in the borough. The Collaborative covers 43 GP practices (predominantly EMIS-based GPSoC) serving a population of about 270,000.

Havering is part of greater London with one of the lowest unemployment and crime rates in the capital. The Collaborative has good engagement from the local practices and a wide range of talented GPs to tap into. Havering is a part of the wider Barking, Havering and Redbridge project delivering the acclaimed SPIn (salaried portfolio innovation) scheme, which include options that take into account the interests expressed in the London 2017 GP trainee survey.

With increased funding, Havering Collaborative is implementing a number of exciting programmes of work in 2019, targeting: 

  • geriatrics and frailty
  • stroke prevention (AF)
  • mental health
  • LTC (respiratory and heart failure)

Place-based care – a new coordinated provider approach to treating patients – has been successfully piloted and is going to be expanded. Other schemes being delivered in 2019 include introducing:

  • Edenbride IT system
  • care navigation
  • workflow optimisation
  • diabetes training competency - a framework targeting primary care healthcare professionals

Find out more about working in Havering as a GP, email or  or visit 

Exciting things are happening in Redbridge. Healthbridge Direct (HBD) is a GP federation supporting and owned by GP practices across Redbridge. We believe practices working together can make life easier for everyone. As well as directly delivering GP services through three extended access hubs and a walk-in centre, we are responsible for the delivery of an exciting range of new services for and through local practices.

We are providing training in workflow optimisation for practices to reduce the administrative burden on all local GPs, we are rolling out care navigation training to all practices to make sure patients are seen by the most appropriate professional, and we put on resilience training and offer peer support groups to local GPs.

And that's not all. We're committed to improving the care Redbridge patients receive.

For example, we are running a scheme to identify and put care plans in place for every patient in Redbridge with moderate frailty, and we are introducing a new service to provide better support to residents of local nursing homes. Sign up to our weekly newsletter on our website to keep up to date with everything we're doing 

City and Hackney GP Confederation was formed in October 2014 as a community interest company (CIC) with a membership of 42 GP practices in City and Hackney, with a growing registered patient list size of 322,712.

The purpose of the GP Confederation is to support member GP practices to improve quality, resilience and stability in primary care, and to develop innovative, cost-effective services that respond to the needs of local people.

A key role and priority for the GP Confederation is workforce development and redesign. The GP Confederation has been running a one-year Salaried GP scheme since 2014 – this aims to create tailor-made packages to attract GPs at different stages in their career to come and work in this interesting and vibrant part of London.

As well as clinical sessions in one of our 42 GP practices, our scheme offers paid sessions for GPs for further study or development in an area of special interest and/or to provide clinical input into a GP Confederation project or development proposal. Peer group supervision is also part of the package.

We also run a mentoring programme for GPs in their first five years of practice and provide support and development for GPs who take on clinical lead roles in City and Hackney. Many of the GPs who have been on the Confederation’s Salaried GP scheme choose to stay working in City and Hackney on completion of the scheme, and several have gone on to take on clinical leadership roles across the local primary care system.

If you're passionate about delivering high quality care to a diverse urban population, come and talk to us. Find out more Janet McMillan 020 7729 7236, or visit 

Newham Health Collaborative (NHC) is a formal collaboration between all general practices in Newham that have agreed to work together to coordinate and provide elements of patient care jointly across the population of the borough. The purpose of NHC is to ensure, maintain and develop the provision of general practice and primary healthcare services across Newham, to better serve our communities in a challenging future.

We're looking to recruit an enthusiastic and highly motivated cohort of GPs who are seeking an opportunity to work in a multi-skilled and well-supported team. We value all staff as individuals and appreciate that everyone brings with them different skills and experiences. We are committed to empowering people and will offer every opportunity to enhance clinical skills. We guarantee our clinicians autonomy, CPD and career progression, in return, you will be responsible for the delivery of the highest standard of clinically effective, person-centred care. 

  • £9,500 per clinical session
  • 6 weeks (35 days) annual leave
  • CPD study leave
  • standard BMA contract with agreed job plans
  • NHS pension
  • additional benefits for GPs in the initial years
  • excellent starting salary
  • flexible job opportunities
  • flexible working opportunities dedicated mentorship and pastoral care
  • funded training in QI (quality improvement)
  • opportunity to lead system-wide projects
  • opportunity to pursue funded fellowships
  • leadership training and development

Find out more about us here  


Tower Hamlets GP Care Group (GPCG) was incorporated in September 2014 to be the voice of general practice and to manage borough-level contracts, deliver primary care-led services and support practices. The 36 practices in Tower Hamlets were already organised into eight primary care networks, each with its own network manager, and our federation represents their collective interest with larger providers and commissioners. In four years, our annualised income has grown from around £250k to over £20m and we employ nearly 400 staff. Our portfolio includes patient facing services:

  • health visiting service
  • school health service
  • family nurse partnership
  • community health services alliance partnership
  • GP out of hours service
  • Single Point of Access
  • health advocacy and interpreting service
  • P-RESET – primary care drugs and alcohol misuse
  • primary care clinical service delivery
  • social prescribing
  • Island Health practice

Our practices are supported through:

  • Network Improved Services Incentive scheme for primary care networks
  • primary care network management support
  • CEPN (Community Education Provider Network)
  • Open Doors (practice nurse training)
  • practice websites
  • surgical aftercare
  • pathology transport

Primary care developments

  • Tower Hamlets Health Club
  • knowledge management
  • workforce
  • informatics
  • business intelligence unit

Workforce support for GP recruitment and retention, clinical pharmacists and physician associates. We're a member of Tower Hamlets Together, a place-based integrated partnership, which includes Barts Health, East London NHS Foundation Trust, the London Borough of Tower Hamlets and the Council for Voluntary Services. We also represent federation business and policy on two national network groups. Find out more on our website 

If you want to develop your career where your input will be valued and supported come to Waltham Forest.

Waltham Forest is an exciting place to work. It is a diverse borough with below average population age but a rapidly increasing elderly population presenting a wide range of health and social care challenges.

Waltham Forest GP FedNet was established in 2014 by our GP practices to support their work in enhancing the impact of primary care on patient health. Led by an innovative chair and board of directors, we are an exciting organisation to work for. We’re working to help implement the primary care networks and have big ideas on how, working with practice partners and local health and social care providers, we can help our patients get the best possible care and support.

We're working closely with the local Community Education Provider Network (CEPN) across a range of integrated care system and workforce transformation areas.

We are building on our experience in successfully implementing workforce initiatives such as International GPs, clinical pharmacists and physician associates to develop the Additional Roles scheme, so we give both our clinical staff and member practices the best possible experience and support. Our current portfolio includes:

  • GP enhanced service – extended hour appointments
  • urgent care centre – Whipps Cross Hospital
  • anti-coagulation community service
  • working with Waltham Forest care homes to provide an MDT to review patients at risk of a potential hospital admission
  • medicine optimisation in care homes
  • NHS health checks

We'll be introducing a GP Salaried Portfolio scheme – a range of opportunities to build your own portfolio across a variety of settings including full CEPN peer and training support. If you are ambitious and keen to develop your skills in a challenging but supportive environment, we would like to talk to you. Find out more email,visit our website 

Updated: 30/04/2019