CPD and Commissioned Training (including National CPD monies)

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.


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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Independent Prescribing

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.

Macmillan

The Macmillan initiatives support and provide education opportunities to the Kent & Medway Primary Care and wider community workforce; they aim to enable both clinical and non-clinical staff to have a heightened awareness of cancer prevention, awareness, screening, and early diagnosis, as well as an insight into living with cancer and the services available to support patients.

The initiatives also support the Kent and Medway Cancer Alliance Priorities, the NHS Long Term Plan, and aim to be a key link for PCNs in supporting GP Contracts such as QOF and the Early Cancer Diagnosis DES.


New to Partnership

Are you within the first 5 years of partnership?

The Kent & Medway Primary Care Training Hub is launching a “New to Partnership Group” in early 2023.

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


Placement and Work Experience

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.


Protected Learning Time (PLT)

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

PLT Calendar


Simulation-based Education in Primary Care

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


Supervisor Pathways

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.

Pathway:
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.

Supervisor Pathways