Originally called Community Education Provider Networks (CEPNs), this programme was renamed Partnerships in Innovation Education (PIEs) to reflect the aims of projects.
This model of healthcare education brings together health care service providers, community groups, patients and education providers focused around enabling the development of learning communities i.e. different parts of the health and social care workforce, patients and the public systematically improving services by learning with and from each other.
From the initial six projects funded in 2013 we have grown the programme and are supporting nine initiatives in 2016-17.
The programme has been widely viewed as innovative, driving substantial educational developments and with sustainable outputs since it launched in 2013.
The aim was to bring together health and social care service providers, community groups and education providers focused around the development of learning communities across primary and secondary care.
All the networks have succeeded in delivering innovative projects, creating opportunities for collaborative working across professional groups, with patients and carers, and engaged with workforce in education initiatives not previously reached.
Overall the programmes have engaged formally with more than 2,300 participants from over 50 healthcare professions or groups, patient and users organisations, patients, and local councils.