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RAF looks to tempt GPs to enrol with £50k signing bonus

The RAF is offering a £50,000 signing bonus for suitable GP recruits as part of a recruitment drive to enlist in-demand medical specialties to be full-time medical officers.

The salary for a qualified medical officer who has already completed GP or specialty training starts a £96,000 and includes subsidised living, education support and six weeks holiday a year on top of the signing bonus after a period of training.

But GPs tempted to leave the NHS must be between 21 and 53 and would have to sign on for a minimum six to twelve year commitment and the possibility of being posted to bases overseas, and serving in field hospitals.

This follows NHS England’s ten-point action plan to address GP workforce problems, through ‘golden handshakes’ to incentivise medical students into GP training as well as retaining existing GPs.

A testimonial on the RAF advertisement from ‘Elaine’ a serving deputy senior medical officer at RAF Leeming explains what the role entails.

She says: ‘The aspect that makes the difference from NHS GP is truly being an integral part of the community that you serve. Being part of this community on the station provides an amazing network that really looks after each other.’

The advert adds that virtually all CPD and exam fees are funded by the military and pension contributions are made by the RAF.

Pulse recently revealed that application rates to GP training have fallen for the second year in a row, and last year 12% of available training places went unfilled as medical students pass over under pressure general practice.

 

Readers' comments (8)

  • Vinci Ho

    The salary for a qualified medical officer who has already completed GP or specialty training starts a £96,000 and includes subsidised living, education support and six weeks holiday a year on top of the signing bonus after a period of training.

    For those who still argues how much GP should earn , this is set by RAF trying to attract newly qualified GPs. For all these politicians who claim to increase so many GPs , get your calculators out....

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  • Why the cut off at 53 ? There are lots of retired at 55 GP's who would love to do this .Me included

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  • John Glasspool

    C'mon 7.32. Ever heard of Guy Gibson? He had a black Labrador, whose name was....? Well, I'll let you google it.

    I wonder what the Daily Wail will say?

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  • Great.
    At 50 and looking to leave the NHS cesspit, this seems perfect.
    A new challenge, decent terms and conditions, a fresh start.
    I'm going to apply!

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  • Australia is advertising salaries double that of the RAF today

    And £50k golden hello does not compare well with the A$500,000 that can be had abroad
    http://msand.org.au/wp-content/notre_damus/2007/notredamus_0607.pdf

    The UK needs to get its chequebook out or wave goodbye to General Practice

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  • Age is actually 55th birthday. ie you need to be able to serve 5 yrs before you are 60. Offer is same for all three services. Mininmum return of service to keep bonus is 5 yrs.

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  • What is also not mentioned is you get seniority for each year worked as an NHS GP. So for someone at aged 50 with say 30yrs as a WTE equivalent starting salary would be £123,000 - all on public record : https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/308383/AFPRB_DMS_Report_Final_Web.pdf

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  • seniority has been scrapped and is in the process of being phased out starting from 2014, they will be gone by 2020

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