What kind of support can I access and how do I get in touch?
Basically, anything to do with education, training and development for multi-disciplinary teams working in primary care. You’ll no doubt have specific questions in your mind - this list will give you an idea of what to look for.
- Any advice with workforce planning and training needs analysis, to help find which roles best meet the needs of patients and practice population
- Help to embed new staff into roles through the Additional Roles Reimbursement Scheme (ARRS) who can explain each role to PCNs as well
- Opportunities for continuing professional development (CPD)
- Career support at all stages, including portfolio options and GP retention programmes
- Support for new GP partners through the tailored development programme
- Train and recruit more educators
- Develop and help to keep staff through for example, mentoring, and preceptorships
- Support for practices and PCNs who are looking to become learning environments to increase the number of placements for a variety of trainees and students
Look for the programme of events, courses and schemes on each training hub website. Training Hub staff want to hear from you, click on the map to find them.
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Who funds and runs Training Hubs? They’re not just another NHS fad are they?
We know that Training Hubs have been around in some parts of the country for some time.
Health Education England (HEE) is responsible for overseeing national coverage and the Training Hub development programme. This gives some assurance that they all have a set of guiding principles around how they work, functions and governance, supported by NHS England and NHS Improvement as well as the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) and the BMA GP Committee.
They’re usually run by a clinical leader and a manager supported by a network of primary care staff with education and training professionals based in the community. They work closely with Primary Care Networks (PCNs) and Integrated Care Systems (ICSs) to develop and address local workforce priorities.
HEE provides the operational budget which pays for core staff. ICSs receive specific money to support the primary care workforce and PCNs can commission Training Hubs to undertake activities. Hubs can supplement with funding from other sources, both local and national.
Will I have to pay for courses and resources?
Costs are usually shown and very often resources are free, but it’s always best to check.
As we’re talking about integrated services across secondary and primary care does that include social care settings?
Yes, most Training Hubs particularly those working across an ICS, are or will be required to support colleagues working in social care including nursing and social care homes. Its early days and advisable to find out what’s happening in your local area.