Academic System Leadership GP Fellowship

Health Education England, Kent Surrey and Sussex (HEE KSS) has developed the Academic System Leadership GP Fellowship (formerly Post CCT GP Fellowship) to support recently qualified GPs to become leaders of the future

Following recommendations from the GP Forward View HEE London and HEE KSS created a Primary Care Fellowship programme which has been running since 2016. The programme provides GPs with an opportunity to combine a clinical role and funded professional development.

Academic System Leadership GP Fellowship 2020/21 launch – March 2020:

The programme will be managed locally by the eight Training Hubs across Kent, Surrey and Sussex. Training Hubs will work with local GP practices and other providers to develop Fellowships based on local population and workforce needs.

Through the programme Fellows may develop: 

  • new and innovative service models which impact and improve population health 
  • ways to use skills, knowledge, and enthusiasm for primary care outside of the traditional practice boundaries 
  • new knowledge, skills, and competences for example in critical appraisal, leadership and the use of quality improvement techniques 
  • an increased understanding of system leadership and the clinical skills and knowledge related population health 

The Fellowship programme is intended to be flexible allowing for a range of options; typically, these include: 

  • GP based Fellowship– based predominately in general practice / primary care setting. The Fellowship should usually include a minimum of four clinical sessions per week and two sessions of professional development per week where the Fellow will undertake a formal academic qualification
  • integrated Fellowship – with opportunities to develop across wider systems which will usually include a minimum of four clinical sessions in general practice, a minimum of two sessions in another clinical / non-clinical / educational / management / commissioning sphere of work and two sessions of professional development time per week
  • integrated Fellowship with Canterbury Christ Church University (CCCU) – HEE KSS has developed a model Integrated Fellowship in association with colleagues in London and CCCU which includes: 3-4 sessions in GP, 3-4 sessions in either: emergency / urgent care, frailty or surviving cancer, Postgraduate certificate in Health and Wellbeing, clinical masterclass series aligned to the three clinical areas above
  • integrated Fellowship with University of Kent (UoK) – HEE KSS and UoK have developed a research orientated programme suitable for those pursuing interests in service commissioning and quality improvement


Fellows should be within the first five years of achieving their CCT, hold a license to practice and have undertaken sufficient clinical work and attended NHS appraisals to maintain their registration on the National Performer List within the two years prior to application for the scheme. 

While we encourage GPs, who have recently qualified to apply, exceptional applications may be considered on an individual basis from applicants from outside of the criteria.  

How to apply:

HEEKSS are collecting expression of interests from interested GPs and will aim to match any potential Fellows with a host locality Training Hub. For this reason, we do ask for details of your home location.

By completing this survey you confirm that you are happy for your details to be shared with the Training Hub administrative team:

View guidance documents here:


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