• Accreditation – GP/Practitioner with Extended Role (GPwER/PwER)

    GPs and Practitioners with Extended Roles (GPwERs and PwERs) are an increasingly important part of the Kent & Medway workforce. They contribute to improving the patient experience by providing care in a community setting and provide an efficient utilisation of resources, often providing an important alternative to secondary care referral.

    The Training Hub offers an agreed process to accredit eligible GPs and Practitioners who undertake activities that are beyond the scope of the generalist practitioner. The accreditation process requires GPs and Practitioners new to the role to evidence their specialist skills to an accreditation panel, with the production of relevant documents and portfolio thus demonstrating competence, knowledge and appropriate skills. The training requirement commonly equates to diploma level achievement.In 2022, the Extended Role Accreditation Panel has interviewed and accredited 7 GPs with the following extended roles: Frailty, ENT, Mental Health, Gynaecology, etc.

    Download the GPwER/PwER flyer

    For more information, contact kmpcth@nhs.net

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  • The Training Hub, in partnership with dedicated education providers, offers bespoke training (e.g. spirometry training or telephone triage training) for specific workforce, such as HCAs or receptionists. The length and delivery of each course varies, depending on the programme commissioned. Funding is available for eligible professionals reported on the National Workforce Reporting System for individual GP Practices, for the September prior to the funding year.

    The funding is co-ordinated by the PCN Education Leads and can be used for appropriate training identified by individual professionals. Some examples the funding can be used towards are: partly fund university modules, individual CPD courses, Hot-topic courses and CPD subscriptions, professional journal subscriptions, etc. For more information on Commissioned Training, contact kmpcth@nhs.net.

  • This programme aims to:

    • Promote the training and education of multi-professional practitioners responsible and accountable for the assessment of patients with undiagnosed or diagnosed conditions who can make prescribing decisions to manage their clinical condition
    • Increase the numbers of Independent Prescribers
    • Support Primary Care employers and supervisors of Independent Prescribers to undertake their role in providing effective professional supervision of Independent Prescribers and those undertaking training
  • Invicta Health Learning provides education services for clinical and non-clinical general practice staff in Kent and Medway such as in-house training, workshops, e-learning, apprenticeships and conferences.

    Go to Invicta Health Learning website

  • Are you within the first 5 years of partnership?

    The Kent & Medway Primary Care Training Hub have launched a “New to Partnership Group”.

    Building on the success of a pilot run in West Kent, this group offers education around the non-clinical aspects of partnership through monthly meetings (virtual and face to face) as well as peer support.

    Those undertaking the programme benefit from education around the financial, legal and operational aspects of partnership delivered by leading speakers in their respective fields. The sessions are interactive, enabling discussion with the experts, the fostering of mutual support and sharing of ideas between partners in the region.

    Read – New to partnership PDF

  • PITStop

    The diabetes courses are designed to meet the needs of primary care healthcare professionals. You can register onto a selection of national courses. Visit the PITstop website to find out how to commission courses locally or invite the team to co-ordinate and deliver bespoke diabetes programmes.

    PITstop courses are fully funded.

    PITstop diabetes training in Kent for April 2024 – March 2025:

    • 2.5-day PITstop advanced course
    • 1-day PrePITstop foundation course for GPs
    • 3-day PrePITstop foundation course

    CPD for past PITstop students

    PITstop CPD 2024 conference on 18th September 2024. Location – London Bridge.

    CPD videos for post PITstop support to embed the competencies post course. Currently available are GLP-1 update and Insulin update.

    Please contact the team on the PITstop website directly for any information.

    Invicta arranged courses

    • 3-day PrePITstop course

    –        22nd, 29th and 13th May 2024

    –        5th, 12th and 21st June 2024

    –        14th, 15th and 21st October 2024

    –        4th, 5th and 18th March 2025

    • 1-day HCA PITstop

    –        2nd July 2024

    • 4-hour PrePITstop update

    –        10th July 2024

    Other courses commissioned for primary care diabetes training

    • 1-day Pump conference – 27th March 2025 at Ashford International hotel
  • The Training Hub has updated work experience policy and student handbook to support work experience opportunities across Primary Care.

    Current supported work experience programmes include:

    • MedStart – current an EK opportunity for students in years 11 and 12. MedStart is delivered in partnership with East Kent Hospitals Foundation Trust, and includes:
      • MedStart4U – a one-day simulation event.
      • MedStartPlus – one week work experience opportunity for aspiring medical students, including one day induction, Primary Care and Acute Care experience.
    • RCN, Prince of Wales Nursing Cadets scheme is initially an EK scheme and is made-up of:
      • 40 hours of blended learning covering a wide range of modules relating to nursing and health and social care learning designed by the Royal College of Nursing and delivered by a Youth partner,
      • 20 hours of clinical observational clinical placement supported by local Health Partners.

    The Training Hub works to identify placement opportunities across primary care and these schemes contribute to supporting the development of the work experience system and ensuring safe effective routes and processes.

  • The Protected Learning Time programme of learning sessions is aimed at the General Practice staff and wider primary care workforce to support retention and resilience.

    The Training Hubs co-ordinate the roll-out of 9 sessions annually per locality, supported by ICS and LMC partners.

    • 3 x sessions led by practices
    • 3 x sessions led by PCN Educators
    • 3 x sessions led by The Training Hub

    For more information, contact kmpcth@nhs.net

    January – March dates can be found here.

    April 2024 – March 2025 dates can be found here.

  • Kent, Sussex and Surrey are at the forefront of simulation-based education in Primary Care and the Training Hub offers fully-funded sessions:

    • To provide programmes for all Primary Care staff
    • To support recruitment and retention in Primary Care
    • To train and grow an interprofessional Primary Care Simulation Faculty

    Simulation training recreates various emergency situations that can happen in Primary Care settings and help practice staff prepare and react as a team with speed and efficiency.

    For more information, contact kmpcth@nhs.net

    Read – Simulation book your PLT PDF

  • The KMPCTH works with RespiriCare to facilitate Spirometry Training for the Primary Care workforce. Any upcoming training can be found on the Events Calendar.

  • Primary Care Supervisor / GP Clinical Supervisor

    Primary care educators are a crucial part of the general practice workforce and support many groups of learners in their education and development.

    The first step of the pathway is becoming a GP Clinical Supervisor (CS). Individuals can do this by undertaking a one-day teaching module. If the doctors employing practice is not a training practice, an assessment of the learning environment will need to take place. CS’ host doctors in their second year of Foundation training (the first year after GMC registration) for a four-month period. After accrediting as a Clinical Supervisor doctors can consider becoming a GP Educational Supervisor (ES). Training for this role takes place on a six-day module. Prospective ES’ will have ideally had direct responsibility for a trainee and have experience of supervising a trainee in their practice. Trainers need to demonstrate competencies as an educator through the development of a portfolio. The employing practice will also need to be accredited as a training practice by a Patch Associate GP Dean.

    Find out more about Supervisor Pathways:

    Read – Becoming a GP Clinical Supervisor (CS) >>

    Read – Becoming a GP Educational Supervisor (ES) >>

    Read – Becoming a Practice Supervisor (PS) >>

    Read – Becoming a Practice Assessor (PA) >>

    Read – Becoming a First Contact Practitioner (FCP) Roadmap Supervisor >>

  • An interactive, supportive space for registered clinicians. Open to all registered clinicians working within Primary Care.

    • Share training opportunities
    • Engage with Primary Care peers
    • Learn best practice
    • Reflect on experiences

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    Contact kmcpth@nhs.net for more information.