Primary Care Learning and Development opportunities
Please see below the latest learning and development opportunities for General Practice staff.
Please see the attached flyer for two forthcoming health and wellbeing events hosted by the North West, North East and Yorkshire Learning Disabilities and Autism Programme. The conference is for people with a learning disability and carers and is free of charge. Professionals from Primary Care, Integrated Care Boards, Integrated Care Systems and others working across Health Improvement and Inequality.
Help to make a difference to improve the health experiences of people with a learning disability. Jayne Heley, one of the North East and Yorkshire Senior Managers and Dr Gwyn Elias, Clinical Lead, will be presenting a session on personalised care and will also have more personalised care information in the market place.
Nursing colleagues across Humber and North Yorkshire, are invited to take part in an exciting opportunity to join your peers and learn about national guidance, and best practice to further enhance your skills and improve patient care in diabetes. The attached document provides the embedded links to make your booking via Eventbrite. A financial contribution to practices for staffing cover is included. The agendas for the day are attached too.
Please find attached are the next three GP Forum Primary Care study days to be held within our region. Each meeting has 3 hours CPD approval and is free of charge to attend. Sessions include:
- Musculoskeletal – 8 February, Gateshead
- Women's Health – 22 March, Middlesbrough
- Contraception and Sexual Health – 26 April, Sunderland
Please find the attached information on the upcoming Dermoscopy North East, Dermoscopy Seminar at the Postgraduate Education Centre, Darlington Memorial Hospital on Saturday 29 April 2023 to all your contacts and colleagues.
Dermoscopy North East delivers high quality conferences for General Practitioners and Nurse Practitioners with an enthusiasm for Dermatology. The aim is to provide concise guidance and training on the management of common skin conditions. Courses are on offer to GP’s and Nurses in the HNY ICB area.
Ongoing learning and training
Enhance Generalist School is offering a one-year programme to develop integrated teams with greater generalist skills.
- Free and flexible programme
- Expert talks, workshops, and ‘field trips’
- Deliver modern, ‘whole-person’ care
- All health and social care professionals welcome.
The HNY Generalist School is an educational programme open to all healthcare staff working across the ICS. Participants can be registered or unregistered health professionals who will learn together in a cohort, over a twelve-month period.
The programme focuses on enhancing generalist skills – the areas of practice which span all specialties and professions such as providing person-centred care, working sustainably in complex systems, reducing health inequalities and managing patients with multiple interacting comorbidities. It is a professional development programme, and as such, managers who support services to become more integrated, patient focused, sustainable and efficient will also find they can learn and contribute and bring this learning back to their workplaces. Find out more on their website.
Dentist, optometrists and pharmacists across Humber and North Yorkshire can access up to eight hours of mentoring from a trained mentor with experience of delivering front line care. Thanks to funding from NHSE/I, this is available free at the point of access. The attached flyers provide more detail about the service, who is eligible and information about our mentors.
The National Capability Framework for the care of children and young people with asthma has been developed to allow individuals, employers, and integrated care systems to be aware of the skills and knowledge that are required to ensure they can safely care for a child or young person with asthma. NHS England have endorsed and developed training to support those working with children and young people with asthma for both non health professionals and health care professionals.
The framework is divided into five 'tiers'. A tier describes the level of care a person may be expected to deliver to a child or young person with asthma. The more involved the care, the higher the level of tier. Please find attached document summarising three out of the five tiers of training on offer.
Haxby Group Training Group have a number of training programmes available to GPs in Humber and North Yorkshire. As the Primary Care Workforce and Training Hub in Humber and North Yorkshire they are able to provide training support for local practices. They coordinate local workforce and training schemes on behalf of Health Education England (HEE) and NHS England and Improvement (NHSE/I). This includes aiding practices to develop supervisors and assessors, offer student placements and employ and train a variety of roles supporting workforce development.
The DJP is a toolkit developed to support general practice teams to deliver high quality, safe online services in the most effective way, and to help staff get the best out of digital technology. Created alongside NHS England’s Digital First Primary Care team and funded by Humber and North Yorkshire ICB, the DJP provides ideas and resources to further your practices' digital skills.
It starts with a simple checklist of questions as an assessment, to create a baseline of your practice's digital journey. The support package includes a wealth of resources; including webinars, 1-2-1 assistance and the ability to create a bespoke digital action plan, which you can tailor to suit the needs of your practice. Local DJP coordinators and Redmoor Health consultants support the project and can assist with completing the assessment, implementing action plans and training staff. Support is available virtually through Microsoft Teams or in person and can be entirely bespoke for each individual practice. This short video also explains the purpose of the Digital Journey Planner.
Take a look at the Digital Journey Planner.
To sign up, you will need your organisation (ODS) code - if you do not know your ODS code, please visit NHS ODS Portal.
View, print and share the Enhanced User Guide.
Print and share with your practice staff to help navigate through the DJP modules.
Please find attached link for the up-to-date Information Collation with updates on work force and training from Haxby Group. If you would like more information on please get in touch with email@example.com.
Primary care teams continue to work tirelessly in their communities to provide high quality care and support for their patients. The NHS England and Improvement three confidential coaching offers have been designed to be easily accessible and tailored to your individual needs. Our experienced coaches can help you as an individual, support you to manage your team and reflect on your career goals and ambitions.
This is an opportunity to prioritise your needs whilst you are also taking care of others. View each offer on their website, available to everyone working in primary care.
North Yorkshire and York NHS providers must work jointly with their stakeholders to ensure Special Educational Need and Disability (SEND) systems, processes and practice standards are effective, efficient, and compliant. It is noted that commissioning and local authority boundaries differ across the Integrated Care System.
The attached training offer is constructed in relation to service provision for children and young people (CYP) across the three areas. The Humber and North Yorkshire Health and Care Partnership training is designed to support health professionals to provide the best possible health advice for children and young people's EHCP's. If you have any questions for the SEND team, please contact:
- North Yorkshire: firstname.lastname@example.org
- York: email@example.com
A new initiative to encourage more healthcare and/or non-clinical staff to take up sign language as an extra language and skill, is now available locally. The Signs4Life scheme is to help people to communicate and engage with vulnerable service users, patients, and colleagues, who may be hard of hearing.
Radiyya Jahan, Signs4Life partnerships officer, explains: “There are more than nine million hard of hearing people registered in the UK. We have already worked with social workers, housing staff, teachers, the local NHS, and Royal Mail. We wanted to open our programmes to the general public, who might also have an interest in learning sign language. It is offering a community six week BSL program, which you can enjoy and access from the comfort of your homes, delivered through Zoom." Signs4Life is leading efforts towards a society in which people with disabilities have full access and are working to raise the public and political awareness of disability provision. For more details on the Spring community programs in BSL and the autism spectrum, please sign up here.
In Professional Development have just released a small pot of funding to help support existing and future Primary Care Leaders to access specialised leadership and management training through the CMI Approved PCN Development Programme. They have three part-funded places available on this programme which focuses on senior leadership, change management and understanding current issues within the NHS and look at the future of primary care and PCNs.
How will this benefit you?
- Gain a clear appreciation of the position of PCNS in the broader NHS landscape;
- Supporting the sustainability and resilience of general practice
- Integrated care systems and the long-term plan
- Wider political issues
- Understanding of my role in PCN
- Have tools to develop effective teams
- Be confident to develop a strategic plan for your PCN
This programme is flexible in delivery and can be delivered face to face in a city centre location near you, or if you prefer to study online, you can attend our interactive, virtual classroom. We can also tailor this programme as a virtual or face to face group session for your team. For further details contact Mike Johnson, Executive Education Team In Professional Development on M.Johnson@inpdtraining.co.uk.
A collection of new sessions on stopping over-medication of people with a learning disability and autistic people (STOMP) has been added to the MindEd mental health elearning programme. Developed by Health Education England elearning for healthcare (HEE elfh) in collaboration and partnership with NHS England’s STOMP team it features 5 knowledge-based elearning sessions and 1 skills building case study which cover the following topics:
- Inappropriate Prescribing (for a universal audience)
- Psychotropic Medication 1 (for a universal and non-specialist professional audience)
- Psychotropic Medication 2 (this session is specifically aimed at a specialist audience, primarily psychiatrists, psychologists, GPs, pharmacists and mental health and learning disability nurses)
- Psychotropic Medication 3 (for a universal audience)
- How to Challenge Inappropriate Medication 1 (for a universal audience)
- How to Challenge Inappropriate Medication 2 (case study) (for a universal audience)
For more information and to access the sessions, please visit the MindEd programme page.
A new eLearning module has been developed to support general practice administrative staff in sorting, signposting and delivering administrative triage using digital tools, with the aim of supporting an inclusive approach to managing demand and workload. The module has been developed in partnership with HEE elfh and the Practice Managers Association. There are five sessions covering:
- introducing administrative triage
- designing a practice workflow and setting up a triage list
- promoting the service to patients
- confidently taking patients, or their nominated carer, through an online consultation request over the telephone or in person
- sorting patient requests and signposting to the right place, service, or clinician for clinical triage.
Eating disorders are common and Anorexia Nervosa has the highest mortality rate of any mental illness. A suite of training has been and continues to be developed in response to the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman (PHSO) investigation into avoidable deaths from eating disorders, as outlined in recommendations from the report titled Ignoring the Alarms: How NHS Eating Disorder Services Are Failing Patients (PHSO, 2017).
It is designed to ensure that health and care staff are trained to understand, identify and respond appropriately when faced with a patient with a possible eating disorder. It is the result of collaboration between eating disorder charity Beat and Health Education England with key partners. The suite of training has been developed and tailored for specific staff groups supporting patients and service users with eating disorders. Current training available is for medical students, foundation doctors, nursing workforce and GP and Primary Care Clinicians. Further information is available, here.
ORCHA has worked with practising clinicians and universities to create the Digital Health Academy: free, CPD-accredited learning in short video format. The Academy has been designed to develop and improve your understanding and use of digital health, so that you can confidently assess and recommend digital health solutions with the expert perspective from which you stand in every other aspect of your work. The Academy can be accessed here and here. If you have any feedback or suggestions, please send these to firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the Digital Health Academy:
The Digital Health Academy has been designed by practising health and care professionals and education experts. It includes:
● Short, 5-minute modules, to suit busy schedules.
● Accessed online, anytime.
● Two foundation modules, to provide a consistent standard of knowledge.
● All content is independently CPD accredited.
● Coming soon: A series of clinical modules across topics such as digital health for mental health, diabetes, physiotherapy, long COVID and winter pressures.
● The Digital Health Academy foundational level has been made available through sponsorship support from Boehringer Ingelheim UK and Ireland.
Haxby Group GP Practice has launched a new GP Mentoring and Support Programme, offering bursaries to people wanting to become a GP. The new programme is designed to offer support to future doctors and those applying to medical school across the region.
Anyone interested in becoming a doctor will get the chance to apply to the GP Mentoring and Support Programme, set up by Haxby Group GP Practice. It promises to give people a practical understanding of what it’s like to work as a GP, as well as helping them navigate the application and medical training stages, from undergraduate to postgraduate training. Further information can be found, here.
As part of the national Primary Care Health and Wellbeing Programme, GPMplus has secured funding to pilot peer mentoring for NHS Dentists, Optometrists and Pharmacists working within Humber, Coast and Vale. The pilot has now been extended and is available to all leaders working within NHS Dental, Optometry and Pharmacy services in Humber, Coast and Vale. For example:
- Dental Nurses
- Dispensing Opticians
- Pharmacy Technicians
The overarching aim of the peer mentoring pilot is to improve resilience and retain experienced staff working in primary care. The GPMplus mentoring service is available free of charge to Dentists, Optometrists, Pharmacists and leaders that deliver NHS services within Humber Coast and Vale. If you deliver part private and part NHS services you are eligible to access the service. Individuals accessing mentoring will each be offered up to eight hours of 1:1 mentoring support, provided by trained and experienced mentors, all of whom have experience of working in Primary Care Dentistry, Optometry and Pharmacy. Further information is available, here.
NHS England and Health Education England have launched an elearning programme on virtual wards, to support doctors, nurses and allied professionals in the use of technology to provide safe, acute-level care to patients at home. This supports the NHS’s ambition in the 2022/23 NHS planning guidance to increase the number of virtual wards across England.
The elearning is for clinicians to gain an understanding of implementing and running a virtual ward enabled by technology. It should be used alongside organisations' own local policies. Complete the programme on HEE’s elearning for healthcare platform in around 30 minutes. If you have any questions about virtual wards more broadly, contact us at email@example.com.
Health Education England Primary Care School (Yorkshire and the Humber) are pleased to offer general practice staff training, which is initially free at the point of delivery. If you would like to take up this exciting opportunity, please read the attached guidance paper and complete the application form and email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
In practice, this model of supervision involves a supervisor arranging and facilitating on-going 6-8 weekly supervision sessions for 6-8 supervisees. This totals 6 sessions a year for 1.5 hours per session. This supervision model is suitable for post qualified registered and non-registered clinicians working in general practice across Yorkshire and Humber. The presentations, relevant documents and policy will all be shared on completion of the course. Should you require support/signposting with educational supervision e.g. FCP Roadmap Supervision training, please make contact with Dr Martin Sutcliffe Martin.Sutcliffe@hee.nhs.uk.
As primary care teams continue to work tirelessly looking after others, it’s important to look after themselves. ‘Looking after you’ coaching is for everyone working in a primary care role. These confidential coaching offers have been designed to be easily accessible and tailored to individual needs:
- ‘Looking after you too’ supports individuals to cope with their situation and stay well
- ‘Looking after your team’ is for those who lead, manage, or organise a team or group, to find ways to enable healthy team working
- ‘Looking after your career’ can help people to take more control over their career direction.
Find out more and access the ‘Looking after you’ coaching, here.
Nearly half the adults in England (43%) struggle to read and understand health information. When that information includes words and numbers, that rises to 61%. This means important details, such as dosage and how to take medicines can be missed.
Health Education England has developed a free, 35 minute, online health literacy course, designed for anyone working with or supporting patients, families and carers. Sign up today for the online health literacy course on the NHS e-learning for healthcare platform. Find out more about improving Health Literacy.
This is an opportunity for those who lead, manage or organise teams, groups or networks in primary care to access confidential coaching about their team and to develop practical tools and methods to work with your team in whatever way is important to you.
Conversations may include how to:
- support new team members and embed new roles
- connect as a team and improve performance
- build an environment of trust and safety.
Having an open and honest conversation with an experienced coach at a date and time that suits you can help to create a more resilient and compassionate team culture. Coaching is free and is available Monday to Saturday.