Health Education England has expanded the £20,000 GP trainee golden hello scheme to offer 500 places for 2021/22.
This is up from 285 last year, and the largest number of places since the Targeted Enhanced Recruitment Scheme started in 2016/17, HEE said.
To date the scheme, run by HEE and NHS England, has filled 700 trainee GP positions in hard-to-recruit areas of England, achieving 90-100% take-up in recent years.
HEE deputy medical director for primary and integrated care Professor Simon Gregory said: ‘I am delighted to be offering this scheme again that has proven to be so successful in the past few years in encouraging more GPs into this fantastic profession.
‘This TERS scheme has grown from 105 places in its first year to 285 places last year and now 500 places will be offered in the next recruitment round.’
The TERS offers trainees a £20,000 taxable payment to train in parts of the country experiencing recruitment problems, and was introduced as part of former health secretary Jeremy Hunt’s failed plans to boost the GP workforce by 5,000 between 2015 and 2020.
However, Pulse revealed last year that a number of trainees felt misled and out of pocket after learning they were no longer eligible for the incentive payment.