May Newsletter for Barnet Primary Care Training Hub

Barnet CEPN is changing name and has become a “Primary and Community Care Training Hub”.  Whilst “CEPNs” have been operating around London, the rest of the country have been operating “Training Hubs”.  Health Education England wishes to create consistency across the country and so it has been agreed that all will adopt the training hub title. ​

Training Hubs across the country will provide an opportunity to meet the educational needs of the multi-disciplinary primary care team, bringing together NHS organisations, community, local authority and educational establishments.

Barnet Primary and Community Care Training Hub will continue to work with colleagues in the North, Central and East London regions to:

  • Provide workforce planning, to support and understand the needs of our health and social care workforce across Barnet;
  • Develop, manage and expand opportunities for high quality clinical placements in primary care.
  • Create educational events and programmes to develop the primary and community care workforce to address local population health needs, whilst also developing the capabilities of multi-professional educators.
  • Enable, support and embed new roles within primary care, such as Physicians Associates and Trainee Nurse Associates
  • To promote careers in primary and community care to students as a future career opportunity.

At present we will be keeping our website address

Date for your diary: Cardiovascular Update: 20th June 2019

Barnet Training Hub is holding a Cardiovascular Update on 20th June at the Holiday Inn Elstree from 8.45 – 5pm for GPs, practice Nurses, Pharmacists and Health Care Support Workers.

Topics covered will include:

  • lifestyle interventions for the prevention and treatment of CVD
  • Management of Heart Failure
  • Hypoglycaemia and cardiovascular risk
  • Practical Anti-coagulation
  • When to refer
  • Atrial Fibrillation, Pathway and Service Design
  • Managing Complex Cardiovascular Presentations.

Speakers will include Barnet Heart Function Improvement Service (CLCH), Consultant Cardiologists, Thrombosis and Anti-Coagulation Nurse Consultant, Specialist Diabetes nurse as well as Public Health and CCG representatives.

We look forward to seeing you on the day. Please book your free place here

The Expert Patient Programme returns in May

The Expert Patient Training Programme, a Chronic Disease Self-Management Programme helping patients with a long-term chronic condition to manage their condition, is returning in May.

This six week course was devised by Stanford University and has been run in NHS trusts across the country and is now available in Barnet.  We are looking for patients with long-term conditions who might benefit from the course.  Currently there are 2 courses available, one starting Wednesday 29th May at Finchley Memorial Hospital and the other from Thursday 30th May at St Andrews Medical Centre​. Both courses run from 10.30 – 1pm.  Please contact Fay Heatley at if you want to discuss who might be suitable.  You can see an article on our website by someone who has already completed one of the courses here.  There is also a poster attached which you can put up in your waiting room.

Opportunities to increase the number of Physicians Associates working in Primary Care

As a result of the current workforce crisis, HEE was set a target of 1000 physician associates working in primary care by 2020.

Primary Care Training Hubs have been asked to help promote placements for physician associates (PAs) in primary care. Barnet Training Hub has been approached by St George’s, University of London, to help facilitate host placements.  Please see the attached information including fees available to surgeries offering placements for students.

HEE is also supporting a preceptorship programme for PAs employed in primary care in the first year after gaining registration, Funding will be available for the preceptorship.

Please contact Sharon Ralph at if you are interested in either:

  • Providing a host placement for PA trainees enrolled on the St George’s University of London course.
  • Details of preceptorship programme once known,  or if you employ a recently qualified PA in your practice.

June Pan Barnet Meeting   

The next Pan Barnet meeting with the CCG and Barnet Federated GPs will be held on 12th June at Allianz Park.  We will send out booking information closer to the time.

New Trainee Nurse Associate Programme Coming Soon

Two Barnet Practices are already enrolled on the Trainee Nursing Associate (TNA) Programme with Middlesex University.  There will soon be the opportunity for more HCAs to enrol in this two year fully funded programme to become a Trainee Nursing Associate. Once qualified, the NMC registered Nursing Associate will be able to undertake some of the roles currently undertaken by your practice nurses, and free up your nurses to spend more time on long term conditions management.  Once qualified, Nursing Associates can undergo smear training.

Training involves study at Middlesex University and placements in the surgery as well as  in another NHS organisations.  The next cohort will be starting in the autumn and we will be sending out more information soon. If you have HCAs and staff who may be interested in being upskilled and want to register your interest now, please contact Sharon Ralph at  You can find out more information about the Nursing Associate role at

Recent event:  Time for a Healthy Career:  Barnet and Enfield CEPNs Careers Fair at Middlesex University

“Before I didn’t really know what I wanted to be, but now I know after this event I know that nursing sounds interesting and it is something that I might want to do.” (Student) 

Around 200 students thinking about a career in health and social care attended an NHS Careers fair organised by Barnet and Enfield CEPNs at Middlesex University on the 26th March.

This was the fourth year that the careers fair, targeted at students in year 10 and above, has been organised.  This year was the best yet.  Over 180 students signed in on the day, with students coming from 27 different schools in Enfield, Barnet and other boroughs nearby.   There were 33 health and social care organisations involved with over 71 exhibitors.   Read more about it here.

General Practice Awards

The General Practice Awards are now open for nominations, closing 31st May. In particular the healthcare professional categories seek to recognise GPs, nurses, pharmacists, practice managers, leaders in healthcare and clinical teams who are making an outstanding contribution to patient care.  For more information please click here

Our Health Heroes Awards

Now in its fourth consecutive year, the Our Health Heroes awards celebrates the thousands of people who work in healthcare, and are the backbone of the sector.

Nominations are open for the eight award categories – which are part of an annual campaign culminating in a very special awards ceremony held at London’s Science Museum on the 20th November 2019.

 Award Categories

  • Operational Services Support Worker of the Year
  • Clinical Support Worker of the Year
  • Apprentice of the Year
  • Outstanding Contribution Award
  • Workforce Planning Team of the Year
  • Integrated Team of the Year
  • Learning and Development Project
  • Staff Wellbeing and Retention Employer

Adam Causon, Executive Director of Skills for Health, said:

“Our Health Heroes rewards those teams and individuals who go above and beyond their usual remit to deliver high-quality care to their patients and support to one another or their teams. If that sounds like someone you know, please make a nomination.”

Useful Contacts:

Any questions regarding booking or cancelling any course, please contact Georgina Marsden (Administrator) at

Any specifics regarding training provided and requests for future training please contact Mandy Claret (Programme Manager) at

If you would like to to add a course or information to the Barnet Training Hub website, please contact Danielle McKenna (Administrator) at

For any GPN or HCSW training requirements please contact Amita Shah (Nurse Development Lead) at

For general queries about the website, to add information to next months newsletter, as well as queries regarding the Trainee Nurse Associate course or hosting a Physicians Associate student please contact Sharon Ralph (Communications Lead) at

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