Trailblazer Deprivation Fellowship Scheme
Applications are now open!

It isn't easy to work in areas of deprivation, but it is incredibly rewarding. The Trailblazer Deprivation Fellowship Scheme is a great opportunity for GPs with the passion and desire to improve the health of vulnerable and marginalised patients.

The Trailblazer Deprivation Fellowship Scheme supports newly qualified GPs (< 5 years) to work in practices in areas of socio-economic deprivation. It aims to give them the knowledge, skills and confidence to practice in challenging environments and to reduce health inequalities, improving care for patients who live in poverty and/or belong to marginalised groups.

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Who is it for?

Trailblazer Fellows are GPs in the first five years post completion of training, employed by practices in areas of deprivation. Each week they spend between four and eight sessions working clinically (negotiated with the practice) and have two sessions of personal development time, for which the practice receives backfill from HEE.

What is the offer?

Alongside their 4-8 sessions working clinically (to be negotiated between fellow and practice), fellows will have two sessions of personal development time, for which the practice receives a standard salary contribution backfill in line with HEE’s National post CCT fellowship programme. (£18,940 PA)

During their personal development time Trailblazer GPs receive programmed activities to support their development, which might include:

  • Teaching sessions on relevant topics run nationally by FairHealth (info here) and regionally by HEE
  • Coaching and mentoring
  • An action learning set
  • Attendance at conferences
  • Time for personal reflection

The participating GP would need to be available on Fridays when mandatory national and regional training is scheduled. 

Expressions of Interest

The 2022 cohort is now underway with some fellows starting in April. This cohort is a split intake with 6 GPs already started in April.

Application are now open! - There are 5 places available for the second intake which will be starting this October. Dates will be announced nearer the time. 

Please CLICK HERE to access the application form. 

Applications will be open until 4th September 2022.
NB: Applications might close earlier in case of an high number of candidates.

Current Trailblazer GP Fellows





Roma Dewan is a Deprivation GP Fellow working in a deprived practice in Southend on Sea which has a very diverse range of patients including students, homeless patients and more recently many newly registered asylum seekers from Afghanistan.  She has a keen interest in staff wellbeing and retention, particularly in areas of deprivation where typically there is a high burnout and staff turnover. The pandemic has enabled many doctors from abroad to come to the U.K and work for the NHS to help with staff shortages. This comes with its own inevitable challenges; Dr Dewan is actively involved in supporting international medical graduates who are training to become GPs in Mid and South Essex, Chelmsford, Basildon and Southend Schemes.



Gabrielle Macaulay is a family medicine doctor (GP) with over 10 years’ experience in the medical field. Her journey started at Imperial College London, where she obtained her MBBS and First Class Honours BSc degree in Diabetes and Endocrinology. Additional qualifications include diplomas from the Royal College of Obstetrician and Gynecologists and The Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Medicine. She has undergone further training with the College of Naturopathic Medicine (skin nutrition and natural skincare) in addition to Functional Hormone Replacement training with the American LP3 Network.
"Her international medical experience includes time spent at the in the endocrinology department of the prestigious Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City (USA), volunteering in Mumbai (India) and an observership in Lagos (Nigeria). She has worked for several different Trusts in the UK, including Imperial College and Chelsea and Westminster NHS Trusts.  





Emily Clark is a salaried GP based at Wensum valley medical practice serving an area of deprivation in Norwich. She has a specialist interest in health inequalities, having previously worked in Salford and Norwich with patients who are easy to exclude such as patients experiencing homelessness and vulnerable migrants. She held a NIHR CLAHRC applied health research fellowship, generating learning on how to provide primary care for these groups.
Her current position as a Health Education England "Trailblazer" Deprivation fellow has given her a platform to build on this previous work by publishing in the BJGP Life building Bridge e-learning modules on primary care for inclusion health groups and teaching groups on these topics. She has also had a chance to explore Quality Improvement at her practice by running a 15s30m workshop



Jessica Randall-Carrick is an Early Career GP working in an inner-city practice in Peterborough, Thistlemoor Medical Centre, which serves a diverse multi-lingual hardworking population. Most of her patients are affected by socio-economic hardship and poor social networks."
The Deprivation Fellowship has been a fantastic opportunity for her to learn more about how to care more effectively for various inclusion groups; understand the opportunities and support available to the staff and the patients; and meet lots of enthusiastic GPs from across the region. The Fellowship has also given her the time to develop the beginning of a long-term community of individuals passionate about improving the health & wellbeing of the most vulnerable people in our region.



Erin Allison has been part of the North Dublin City GP Training Scheme in Ireland, which specifically trains GPs to work in areas of deprivation and with marginalised groups, putting strong emphasis on the socio economic determinants of health.   After completion of GP training she worked at The National Centre for the Rehabilitation of Victims of Torture in Ireland and as a GP in West Belfast.  
We asked Erin: "What would you say to anyone thinking to apply for the Deprivation Fellowship Program?"
Erin said: "​If you want to improve the health of your sickest patients this is an opportunity not to be missed. If you want to be an instrument for justice, to lead the call for equity in healthcare for future generations why not start here? Or if, in all honesty you're a bit lost as to how paper's by Tudor Hart or Michael Marmot could ever be relevant to the complex patient sitting in front of you...start here!" 




Luca Lanza is a GP in Chelmsford who has found the deprivation fellowship to be very beneficial by giving her the time to explore a variety of general practices which are currently tackling health inequalities. This also provided her with the opportunity to reflect on her own career direction and an insight into some fantastic practices and projects.  After the fellowship Dr Lanza is now looking to pursue a project on Opiate de-prescribing.



Cynthia Badza is a salaried GP working in Milton Keynes. She is enthusiastic about the opportunity on this Deprivation fellowship, to contribute towards improving health equity.  She has been involved with some small projects addressing health inequalities in her local GP population, including working alongside smoking cessation services.