Career Support

SAPC is committed to supporting people to Get In and Get On in academic primary care.

We have a number of groups working with different members of our discipline to identify and address their career support needs. Click on each heading to find out more.

We also offer a range of other career support activities described in this article.


Early Career Academics (ECAs)

Led by Dr Becci Morris, this group includes both members of the SAPC executive committee, and external members, (including clinical and primary healthcare scientists, researchers and educationalists). The group works to ensure that SAPC addresses the challenges facing early career academics in primary care.

PHoCuS - Supporting Primary Health Care Scientists

Academic primary care derives its strength from its mutidisciplinary workforce. In 2012, the Society started work to understand and address the career development needs of our members who don't come from a medically qualified background - our Primary Health Care Scientists. The result was the establishment of the 'PHoCuS' group. Dr Julia Hiscock and Professor Suzanne Richards now lead a team of PHoCuS members developing a range of support for our members.

The PHoCuS group has developed a mentorship programme for medical and PHoCuS members of SAPC and can offer advice and support to members applying for fellowships.

Academic GPs (aGPs)

Academic GPs play an essential role in the NHS, providing key activiity and leadership in education, research, clinical practice and service development. Protecting and building this key workforce is a priority for SAPC, the NIHR School for Primary Care Research, the Royal College of GPs (in Objective 6 of the 2022 vision), and the wider primary care community. Our academic GP group works closely with all these partners on initiatives to support GPs in entering into, and floursihing in a career in, academic General Practice.

GPs with extended roles that include scholarship (eGPs)

In addition to academic GPs with University contract), there is a larger group of GPs who include scholarship activities within their portfolio of work. These are GPs with education and research leadership and management roles on top of their clinical activities  - a growing group of GPs whose work is integral to innovation and quality within the primary care service. The academic support needs for this emerging workforce is, as yet, underrecognised and undescribed. SAPC, working with colleagues from across the international academic primary care community together with the Royal College of GPs, is leading work to understand and address these needs.


Members at all career stages have highlighted the importance of mentorship in supporting their career. A number of mentorship schemes for academic practice are available, including from the Academy of Medical Sciences and for members of the NIHR School for Primary Care Research. Having identified a lack of mentorship opportunities for Primary Health Care Scientists, SAPC established a  mentorship programme for our PHoCuS colleagues. After a review in 2016, this succcessful programme was extended to support early career academic GPs (notably Academic Clinical Fellows), who face many similiar challenges in terms of establishing a career in academic primary care. For more information on our scheme, please contact Dr Julia Hiscock or Professor Suzanne Richards (PHoCuS members) or Dr Greg Irving (academic GPs).

Applying for a fellowship

If you are in the process of applying for a fellowship or plan to apply in the future you may wish to get in touch with an academic who has been through the experience and is willing to share their advice. Please contact anyone on this list.   

Extended roles in Academic Primary Care

SAPC offers a number of opportunities to develop your career by extending your skills and experience working within academic primary care. There are regular opportunities to join as elected or cooped members of SAPC Exec. In 2016, we are developing new roles including...

SAPC Ambassadors

In 2016, we are offering new opporunities to become an SAPC Ambassador. Ambassadors will work with the Exec team to develop and deliver aspects of the Society's work. Each role/team member is supported by a member of the Exec. Full resources and any necessary training will be provided. Becoming an SAPC Ambassador will provide opportunities both to add to your skills and your CV, and to make a difference within the Academic Primary Care community. For more information please contact Dr Amy Blakemore.



Receiving a prize means many things. It demonstrates the value and importance that others place on your work. It can be an important marker of distinction and success on your CV. And it is an opportunity for celebration and congratulation. SAPC recognises the value of prizes in supporting your career, and so regularly supports a number of awards which are listed on our prizes page.