GP Induction & Refresher Scheme (I+R)


The GP Returner scheme is now known nationally as the GP Induction & Refresher Scheme. The purpose of the GP Induction & Refresher Scheme is to help doctors return to NHS general practice who have been out of active practice. The schemes offer a period of up to 6 months funded whole time equivalent supervised general practice in England and Wales.

The schemes also provide an opportunity for GPs from the European Union and international medical graduates with a Certificate Confirming Eligibility for GP Registration (CEGPR) to UK general practice to become inducted in UK general practice.


The assessment process usually includes an interview with the GP I&R lead who will undertake a structured review of your clinical work and training and a validated MCQ (Multiple Choice Question) paper. A specific language assessment may also be used if the doctor is not a native English speaker

The MCQ exam (a clinical and SJT paper) is delivered by computer using Pearson VUE testing centres. The assessments are held 4 times a year and there is a maximum of 4 attempts. More information about the exam including the mark scheme is available here.

MCQ assessment dates - available at locations throughout the UK:
  • 11 & 12 January 2024
  • 22 & 23 February 2024
  • 4 & 5 April 2024
  • 16 & 17 May 2024
  • 27 & 28 June 2024
  • 1 & 2 August 2024
  • 12 & 13 September 2024
  • 7 & 8 November 2024

More information is available here

Why choose MCQbank to help you in your GP I&R entry preparation?

Our resources are used and trusted by most if not all GP I&R candidates over the years. Google "GP I&R" and we are high up on page 1 for good reason! You could say we are synonymous with GP I&R preparation. We are confident that as experienced doctors you too will find our materials relevant and the detailed explanations helpful in refreshing your memory of facts that you may have learnt some time ago.

Our MCQs are used by NHS trusts such as the Cumbria NHS Trust to help support their EEA GP recruitment program.
We have innovative features to maximise your chances of success such as the Pearson VUE mode, comparison charts with other candidates, advanced question timing tools, the ability to search for keywords through your test history, flexible exam set-ups, and the convenient ability to pause/resume your exam.

Our GP I&R subscription consists of approximately 1400 clinical questions and 200 situational judgement test questions.

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