New SAPC-SPCR-RCGP Internships open for applications

SAPC, working in partnership with SPCR and RCGP, is looking to appoint to  two paid internships to support the SAPC-RCGP WISE GP programme.

The internships are offered to any SAPC member, both GP and primary health care scientists (PHOCUS members). Funding, supported by the NIHR School for Primary Care Research (SPCR),  is available for you to work for one day a week for 6 months on Phase Two of the WISE GP programme.

Closing date for applications is 10am on Monday 2nd November

What is WISE GP?

WISE GP is a joint initiative between SAPC and RCGP to champion professional scholarship at the heart of modern General Practice:

  • placing academic skills at the heart of modern clinical practice
  • championing extended portfolio roles for all clinicians including GPs
  • upholding academic primary care at the core of strong primary care

In Phase One, the WISE GP Programme established a set of resources, hosted on a programme bespoke website. Phase Two will focus on engagement activity through: a) supporting awareness and use of the existing resources; and b) developing new resources.

Interns will be based in their local university department, supervised by a named primary care academic, working virtually with each other as well as Joanne Reeve (WISE GP Lead), and Mark Orriss (web designer and branding and marketing expert for the programme) to deliver the next phase of the programme.

What will the SAPC-SPCR-RCGP intern do?

Interns will be responsible for:

  • Extending the resource sets with the GEMS library, WISE Learning and WISE Connections pages
  • Developing and delivering a series of targeted communications to raise awareness of and engagement with WISE GP and academic primary care resources
  • Identifying and extending the network of users for the programme from across student, clinical and academic communities
  • Reporting impact to SAPC, RCGP and SPCR

What skills and experience do I need for the job?

Interest in improving primary care through scholarship is the core requirement for the role.

Past experience of developing resources for practice (eg through research, education or quality improvement) and/or engaging with clinical communities (eg through holding events/workshops, writing articles for newsletters or other publications) will be welcomed, but support and training will be provided from the WISE GP programme.

Why should I apply?

The SAPC-SPCR-RCGP internships offer an exciting opportunity to extend your professional skills and CV, including gaining experience in

  • developing resources for practice and strengthening the impact of academic work
  • working with external professional design and engagement experts
  • extending your connections with the wider primary care community
  • leading innovation and change

The WISE GP programme seeks to support changes within the clinical community through engagement with academic primary care. We therefore actively seek to appoint two interns - one PHOCUS member and one clinician - to offer the benefits of the posts to the whole SAPC community.

How do I apply?

Applications should be emailed to before the closing date of 10am on Monday 2nd November.

Application is by cover letter outlining your reasons for applying for the post and how your past experience and future professional development plans can contribute to the WISE GP programme. Your letter should also detail how you meet the person specification details listed below. 

Your application should also include:

  • Short CV (maximum 2 pages)
  • Letter of support from a senior academic in your department confirming their support for your application and agreement to provide support, supervision, and access to a desk/library facilities (eg an honorary contract where needed)
  • Funding requested to cover your salary (0.1 FTE for 6 months)

Person specification 

  • SAPC member  in good standing 
  • Affiliated to a University primary care department  (either an existing member of a department, or holding an Honorary contract or a promise of one)
  • Able to commit one day per week for 6 months to WISE GP programme activities
  • Committed to scholarship in primary care (research, education, quality improvement); including xperience and/or interest in how to engage clinical communities in extended scholarship practice
  • Enthusiasm, creative thinking and willingness to try new approaches

Applications will be reviewed by a panel from SAPC and SPCR. Successful candidates will be invited for a short interview to outline their plans for the role. We hope to appoint the two interns to start in December 2020.

Please feel free to contact Joanne Reeve for an informal discussion about the role or if you have any queries.