“There’s never a dull moment when you work in General Practice!"

One of the most exciting, but also challenging parts of being a GP is the knowledge work of daily practice.

Knowledge work is the term we use to describe the way that GPs generate and use knowledge in everyday practice. Whether they are making clinical decisions, improving the quality of practice, or getting involved in education and research, GPs are active knowledge workers. What is knowledge work? Click here to finds out.

This page will help you understand more about the clinical scholarship needed to support the everyday knowledge work of General Practice​.

 

You might want to start by looking at some of our stories from WISE General Practice to hear how they have made WISE part of their everyday work and what they have gained from it - Click here.

Are you a healthcare student thinking about a career in General Practice?

Are you a clinical trainee in General Practice?

Are you a primary healthcare professional?

Are you interested in further academic training?

Courses for scholarship skills

Funding opportunities

 

Are you a healthcare student thinking about a career in General Practice?

Take a look at our WiseLearning section for ideas of how to get started with research focussed projects; or at WiseConnections for networks you might be able to get involved with during student selected components during your studies.

 

  • SAPC regional and national conferences welcome medical students with interest in finding out more about Academic Primary Care - Click here

  • Apply for an academic foundation programme (AFP) - an opportunity for foundation doctors to gain experience in research, teaching and leadership - Click here

  • Medical education courses - Click here

  • George Lewith prize – funded place at the SPAC ASM conference for medical students - Click here

  • SPCR Internships – 24 medical student placements in 9 departments for experience over the summer months - Click here

  • If you are a medical student you might want to look at the Cambridge University GP Society for exciting student opportunities in primary care research - Click here

Keep an eye on our pages as we will be updating these with further links relevant to all healthcare professionals involved in General practice.

 

Are you a clinical trainee in General practice?

As a clinical trainee there are formal training programmes in academic skills available to apply for alongside clinical training positions. There are also awards and grants available to pursue a scholarship interest or attend a conference. Always keep your eyes peeled for these opportunities throughout your training. 
 

  • NIHR (National Institute for Health Research) Visiting speaker award – opportunity to present research and network within the NIHR, to encourage collaborations and presentation experience - Click here

  • NIHR Academic Clinical Training for GP trainees ST1 entry - Click here or ST3 entry - Click here

  • NIHR/HEE integrated academic training for nurses, midwives and other professionals allied to medicine - Click here

  • TUTOR-PHC - a one-year, national interdisciplinary research training program funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and the Canadian Health Services Research Foundation (CHSRF) - Click here

  • Hear more about being an academic clinical trainee in the SPCR blog - Click here

  • If you are interested in learning Leadership skills in primary care you might be interested to join the Next Gen GP initiative - Click here

 

Keep an eye on our pages as we will be updating these with further links relevant to all healthcare professionals involved in General practice.

 

Are you a primary healthcare professional?

GPs and allied healthcare professionals who work in General Practice are specialists in whole person medical care. They work with individual patients to create tailored explanations of illness problems, and so develop solutions. GPs are problem solvers – using expert knowledge about illness and disease, and skills in constructing explanations – to deliver those solutions. Knowledge work is the term we use to describe the way that we generate and use knowledge to support everyday clinical decision making.

Knowledge work is also part of the extended roles done by healthcare professionals engaged in quality improvement, teaching and training, research and leadership.

However, people have described a number of barriers to knowledge work in daily practice. We set up WiseGP to tackle those problems.

WiseGP will help you understand more about the everyday knowledge work of General Practice, develop the clinical scholarship skills you need, and connect with others doing similar work. Find out more about knowledge work by clicking here.

 

Once working in General Practice it can feel challenging to embark on a new direction of training, but many clinicians seek the opportunity to develop a portfolio career. Scholarship skills can be a great way of diversifying your role and contribute to the knowledge work you are using in day to day clinical practice.

 

  • NIHR GCP clinical award – part-time awards for GPs to pursue an academic interest - Click here

  • NIHR In-Practice Fellowship awards for GPs - Click here

  • RCGP Scientific foundation board - Practitioner’s Allowance Grant and SFB annual research grants for GPs and primary healthcare practitioners - Click here

  • RCGP Impact from research support – partnership with RCGP for project support - Click here

  • Good clinical practice training for all healthcare professionals - Click here

  • Becoming a research ready practice with the RCGP - Click here

  • Claire Wand Trust: Research grants for GPs - Click here

  • The Health Foundation research project funding for all healthcare professionals - Click here

  • PHoCuS – Primary Healthcare Scientists training and mentorship opportunities - Click here

  • Vitae is a research careers advisory centre which is focussed on realising the potential of researchers, providing resources on research skills, careers, and professional development opportunities for medical and non-medical academics - Click here

  • For all healthcare professionals looking to get started in research with the Royal College of Physicians – nurses, midwives, AHPs and doctors - Click here

  • The council for allied health professions research (CAHPR) aims to develop AHP research and strengthen healthcare professionals value and impact for enhancing care. They provide ten top tips for noive, early career and experience researchers in healthcare  Click here

 

Keep an eye on our pages as we will be updating these with further links relevant to all healthcare professionals involved in General practice.

 

Are you interested in further academic training?

 

Many clinicians engaged in primary care scholarship go on to achieve higher education training opportunities such as a PhD degree, and in partnership with Universities go on to collaborate with the growing network of Academic Primary Care leaders around the world. 

 

  • NIHR Fellowship Programme - Click here 

  • Wellcome Clinical PHD Fellowships - Click here 

  • NIHR Launching fellowship – to publish PHD papers and write grant applications to secure future funding - Click here 

  • NIHR Short Placement Award for Research Collaboration – opportunity for trainees to spend time in another part of the NIHR network, train and collaborate - Click here 

  • NIHR Development and Skills Enhancement Award - Click here 

  • SPCR PHD Studentships - Click here 

Scottish opportunities 

 

In Scotland there are various post CCT fellowships offered for recently qualified GPs. 


Rural fellowships provide a taste of rural life and a chance to undertake a project or service development in rural medicine. Health inequalities fellowships provide clinical experience usually in a homeless service or deep end practice along with development time. Education fellowships provide educational experience and the chance to undertake further training. 


Academic fellowships involve being attached to one of the major university academic departments and getting experience and training in primary care research. 

 

www.scotlanddeanery.nhs.scot/your-development/fellowships/ 

 

www.sspc.ac.uk/news/
 

Exact details and recruitment dates vary, normally April to June each year. NHS Education for Scotland and Scottish School of Primary Care will have the details for any one year. You don't have to be based in Scotland to apply (but would have to move to Scotland for the year if successful).

 

It is normally a good idea to have a chat to a current fellow or a prospective supervisor about what the fellowship involves so you can be prepared and decide if it is right for you. NHS Education for Scotland or SSPC should be able to put you in contact with the relevant people. 

 

Courses for scholarship skills

  • Epidemiology for clinicians - Click here

  • Academic writing - Click here

 

Keep an eye on our pages as we will be updating these with further links relevant to all healthcare professionals involved in General practice.

Funding opportunities

Non-topic specific funding opportunities

  • UK Research and Innovation - Click here

  • The National Institute of Health Research 

- Research for patient benefit - Click here

- Health services and delivery programme - Click here

- Invention for innovation product development - Click here

  • The Wellcome Trust - Click here

  • The association of medical research charities - Click here

 

Project specific research funding

  • COVID research 

- The HRA NIHR Long COVID - Click here

  • Cancer research 

- Cancer research UK - Click here

- Breast cancer now - Click here

  • Aging and frailty - Click here

  • Infectious diseases - Health Infection Society - Click here

  • Cardiovascular disease 

- British Heart Foundation - Click here

- Heart Research - Click here

  • Encorine 

- Diabetes UK - Click here

- British Thyroid Foundation - Click here

- Royal Osteoporosis Society - Click here

  • Neurology

- Motor Neurone Disease Association Cure Parkinsons - Click here

  • Dermatology - Alopecia UK - Click here

  • Urology - The Urology Foundation - Click here

  • Gastroenterology - Crohns and Colitis - Click here

  • Paediatrics

- Waterloo Foundation - Click here

- NIHR Child and young peoples’ mental health - Click here

 

Keep an eye on our pages as we will be updating these with further links relevant to all healthcare professionals involved in General practice.