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Primary and community nursing

Primary and Community Care continues to be a Board key priority area.  The GP Primary Care Workforce Strategy was agreed at the Board meeting held on 20 November 2014.

The Board approved the Advanced Training Practice (ATP) Strategy in 2013.  The implementation plan is on target and has delivered further increases to the number of  undergraduate General Practice (GP) based learning placements for undergraduate nurses.

All of this is linked with the HEYH Partnership Councils and locality specific networks.

Priority projects:  Progress to date:

  • Health care assistants (HCAs)/ Support Workers  (SWs) (Bands 1-4): implementation of recommendations from the Francis and Cavendish reports, including standardised core competencies, supervision, placement experience and career progression.  More information will be made available shortly, to support the launch of the Cavendish Care Certificate due later in the Spring.
  • Practice Nurses/General Practice nursing workforce: a review of preceptorship provision has now been completed and a good practice guide published.  A Task and Finish Group has produced a GPN job description template  for stakeholders to use when appointing General Practice Nurses.


  • Advanced Clinical Practitioner (ACP):  A Task and Finish Group has produced a template job description and person specification for stakeholders to use when appointing ACPs in the workplace.  This links directly with the work of the Advanced Practice workstream.
  •  GP database:  The database now has data from over 350 practices in Yorkshire and the Humber and is being used to show staff roles, FTE, age profiles, risks and opportunities and more for general practices in our area.  For more details about this work please contact kate.holliday@hee.nhs.uk or you can download the GP Tool Flyer for more information.
  •  Web-based training; a GP Platform has now been developed and will be launched later in the summer. Initial materials for GP staff will include statutory and mandatory trainng for clinical and non clinical areas.

The three GP members Mike Holmes, Steve Ball and David Brown of the HEYH  Board continue to focus on primary care and are working closely with their Local Medical Committees (LMC), Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCG) and Clinical Support Units (CSUs) to ensure local perspectives and priorities are identified and, where a standard regional approach is necessary, this is managed appropriately.

For more information please contact David Claxton: david.claxton@hee.nhs.uk

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