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The Wessex GP Educational Trust

First 5 GPs

Groups specificially for First5 or Newly Qualified GPs (NQGPs) are run in each of the Wessex areas, please see below for links and contacts.

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What is First5?

The Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) has developed a First5 initiative to support new GPs from completion of training through the first five years as an independent practitioner. There is more information on the RCGP website but here is brief overview of the 5 pillars underpinning the concept:
1. Connecting with the College: Promoting a sense of belonging and appropriate representation for the First5 cohort within the College.
2. Facilitating networks: Encouraging peer support and mentoring through the development of local networks.
3. Supporting revalidation: Offering support through revalidation for those in the first 5 years post-CCT.
4. Career mentorship: Highlighting opportunities a career in general practice offers and helping new GPs get the most out of being a GP.
5. Continuing professional development (CPD: Identifying areas of CPD which members in the first 5 years feel are not well provided and developing materials that will address their learning needs.

RCGP Website link: www.rcgp.org.uk/membership/join-rcgp-newly-qualified-gps.aspx

First5’s email: first5@rcgp.org.uk
RCGP First5 Social Media accounts:              Facebook group: RCGPFirst5                    Twitter: @rcgpfirst5

Local Contacts:

In addition to your local Patch Websites there are also the following groups and resources:

Portsmouth First 5 Group

Isle of Wight First 5 Group

Dorset First 5

"Dorset First5" Facebook: An active Facebook page where information can be found on socials, locum work, jobs, national meetings, teaching events in the region, questions about pensions/tax forms etc.

Southampton patch website NQGP page

If you are looking for a group in your area which is not listed please contact your local patch office

RCGP Wessex Faculty First5 representative: Dr Bryony Sales (bryonysales@me.com)



Wessex Faculty RCGP

The Wessex Faculty RCGP is willing to consider applications from members of the Faculty for Bursaries of up to £500 to defray the costs of projects which they wish to undertake. Projects may involve activities such as first5 initiatives, service development within a practice, research, professional study or travel. All innovative projects will be considered which satisfy the agreed criteria.
For further details about eligibility and how to apply please contact the RCGP Wessex Faculty Office

The Clare Wand Fund

The Claire Wand Fund is a charitable fund that makes grants to General Practitioners to fund further education and for the provision of scholarships, including travelling scholarships.
The fund welcomes applications twice a year, at least three weeks prior to the June and December trustee meetings. Please see www.clairewand.org for further information on how the fund operates as well as outlining the application process and criteria for the award of grants.