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We are working to the footprints of the existing four GP patches in Wessex to build Primary Care and Community Education Provider Networks (CEPNs).

These networks will consist of groups of general practice working together to provide an out of hospital learning and development environment. The purpose of the networks is to support delivery of training and education based on population needs, and support prevention, self-care, and integrated care.

The Wessex GP school patches will continue to co-ordinate and lead medical training for GP registrars and on-going continuous professional development for the GP workforce; however there will be close joint working with the networks as they develop.

Working to the footprints of the four patch offices in HEE Wessex School of General Practice, each locality will have a ‘learning environment lead’ (LEL) – a healthcare professional who will lead and support the development of the Primary Care and Community Provider Education Network. The special interests of the LELs will reflect the areas of:

  • Registered Nurses
  • Allied Health Professionals
  • Clinical Pharmacists
  • Bands 1-4 (non-registered workforce)
  • Public Health

These networks will be supported to develop into a system that is able to offer inter-professional development for primary care staff and other local providers, and clinical practice placements for non-medical workforce to ensure sustainable development of a multi-professional primary care workforce.


  • Develop supportive training for the multi-professional workforce to support behaviour change in primary care through the spectrum of primary health prevention through to complex care planning and self-management
  • Establish primary care learning sets to enable multi-professional learning, and drive a culture of service improvement and continuous development
  • Facilitate the development of innovative roles in primary care
  • Embed a nursing career pathway for both the support workforce and registered nurses
  • Expand clinical and non-clinical apprenticeships in primary care settings
  • Develop innovative primary care practice experiences for a range of pre-registration health professionals
  • Improved supply and demand information to underpin primary care workforce planning


The development of Primary Care and Community Provider Education Networks in Wessex is being led by Sue Clarke, Head of Workforce and Education, South Eastern Hampshire CCG. If you have any questions or would like further information please contact her at susan.clarke17@nhs.net, or speak to Marianne Brown, CEPN Administrator at marianne.brown@hee.nhs.uk.

Learning environment leads