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Wessex Primary Care Training Hubs

HEE Wessex Primary Care Training Hubs (formally Community Education Provider Networks) are a multi-system network of health, local authorities, public health and education providers.

Our purpose is to provide sustainable workforce transformation, by developing and upskilling the primary care workforce to meet the changing delivery of health and social care.

The key functions of the Wessex Primary Care Training Hubs (PCTH) are to:

  • Support Workforce Planning
  • Respond to Local Workforce Needs
  • Provide Education Programme Coordination
  • Ensure Education Quality
  • Develop Educational Faculty
  • Upskilling Existing Workforce

One of the most effective ways to develop a multi-professional workforce in primary care is to ensure healthcare students are given the opportunity to undertake placements in primary care during their education and training. The training hubs team work closely with all the Higher Education Institutes across the region to provide these opportunities.

Across the Hampshire and Dorset STP area, we have developed four training hubs which are based in the footprints of the existing GP education network offices in:

  • Winchester (Mid-Wessex)
  • Southampton and New Forest
  • Portsmouth and Isle of Wight
  • Dorset

Each training hub has a learning environment lead (LEL) who is responsible for building relationships with all providers of primary care in their local footprint/geography to support the development of multi-professional student placements in primary care settings. As registered health care professionals, the LELs also hold individual portfolios for the development of their associated professions across the whole Wessex region.

The professional focus for the 4 LELs are:

  • Registered Nurses
  • Allied Health Professionals and Physician Associates
  • Clinical Pharmacists
  • Bands 1 to 4 (non-registered workforce) and Apprenticeships

The Primary Care Workforce Commission’s report The future of primary care: Creating teams for tomorrow and NHS England and BMAs publication Investment and evolution: A five-year framework for GP contract reform to implement The NHS Long Term Plan recommend the need to develop a truly multi professional workforce in primary care.

Across the Wessex Region there are a number of providers of primary care who have already embraced this vision, and others who are just beginning this journey.

The Wessex Primary Care Training Hubs team are committed to providing support to all providers of NHS Primary Care services across the region to help make this vision become a reality.

The development of Primary Care Training Hubs in Wessex is being led by Sue Clarke, Head of Workforce and Education, Hampshire and Isle of Wight Partnership of Clinical Commissioning Groups. If you have any questions or would like further information please contact her at susan.clarke17@nhs.net

For general enquiries please contact Marianne Brown, our PCTH Administrator .

If you have any profession specific enquiries, you are more than welcome make contact with the Learning Environment Leads direct:

For further information about our work and the support and resources available please visit Wessex Primary Care Training Hubs.