Health Education England is to receive an additional £20m on top of its existing budget to help support the planned increase in the number of GPs in England
The money will also go towards developing multidisciplinary teams involving nurses, pharmacists and other staff in GP surgeries.
NHS England pledged £206m to implement workforce measures from the General Practice Forward View earlier this year.
HSJ has learned £20m from the total pledged by NHS England will be used by HEE to train new GPs and meet its target to have 3,250 doctors choosing to train in general practice each year.
HEE said the funding, which has been allocated for 2016-17, will be used to cover “additional GP expenditure such as salaries and placement of fees for practice as there are now more GP trainees in the system than in previous years”.
In the 2016-17 planning guidance for commissioners, NHS England said it would allocate “non-recurrent” funding to support its commitment to increase funding for GP trainees.
An HEE spokesman said: “The additional funding will be used cover additional GP expenditure such as salaries and placement of fees for practice as there are now more GP trainees in the system than in previous years. It will also support multidisciplinary initiatives in line with the GP Forward View.
“The increase relates to this financial year and will support the work we are doing with partners through the GPFV to get more doctors and multidisciplinary teams into general practice.”
Krishna Kasaraneni, chair of the GP education, training and workforce subcommittee at the British Medical Association, said: “This much needed additional £20m investment will go some way to improving lagging GP recruitment, which has previously suffered from years of underinvestment.”
He welcomed the funding but said it was “vital” the money made its way to training bodies “without further delay”.
Dr Kasaraneni added: “It has been six months since the launch of the GPFV and there is little indication for GP practices struggling to meet patient demand as to whether any funding will make its way to them.”