Barnet Primary Care Training Hub: Current Projects
Barnet Primary Care Training Hub has developed a number of projects to help develop both the local workforce and improve patient care, including carers, patients with chronic illness and those facing ending of life care.
Apprenticeships:In 2016-17, Barnet CEPN delivered its first apprenticeship programme based over two sites.
The programme saw apprentices working in primary care and in a secondary care environment over administrative and health care support worker roles. As well as this we ran an apprenticeship programme in local care homes. This programme continued in 2017/18 and we are shortly starting recruitment for the 2018//19 programme.
Carers Workshops: Carers often find it difficult to find the time to look after their own emotional and physical needs. The Carers workshops that took place over a number of weeks at venues around the borough, brought carers together and helped support them. We ran these with Barnet Carers Centre and are continuing to run them together with Jewish Care in the South of the borough.
The Expert Patient Programme, developed by Stanford University in the USA, is coming to Barnet! It aims to make a difference to people with long-term illnesses, such as diabetes or heart disease by teaching them to self-manage and monitor their own symptoms. We are running a pilot from October 2018 and if successful we hope to recruit patients throughout the borough.
GP Nurse Programme: Now in its third year in Barnet, the GP Nurse Trainee Programme aims to increase the number of general practice nurses who are at graduate or postgraduate level and ensure that there are enough nurses working in primary care that are able to fulfil the full range of roles in practice nursing. The programme runs from January – December and we are hoping to start our next programme in January 2019.
Innovative GP Programme: In line with Health Education England’s mandate and the NHS Five Year Forward View, Barnet Primary Care Training Hub is seeking to recruit and retain general practitioners by offering them opportunities to develop their leadership and educational skills. The programme is in its third year and we have recently recruited five GPs to focus on areas including frailty, diabetes, repeat prescribing, social prescribing and end of life care.
End of Life Care:
With a projected increase in the number of deaths in England per year and a growing proportion of the population living longer with multiple co-morbidities, there is a clear need to make provisions for an increased demand for last phase of life care. Barnet Primary Care Training Hubhave recognised this and are looking to develop a co-ordinated multi-disciplinary approach. Bringing together primary and secondary care, the London Ambulance Service and others to look at how to best to develop care plans.
Quality Improvement Programme
The NHS is very familiar with change. However, there is a question as to whether these changes are the right changes. Quality Improvement, in terms of healthcare, is the process of systematic and continuous actions that lead to measurable improvement in healthcare services and the health status of targeted patient groups. The QI programme began last year bringing together Practice Managers, GPs, pharmacists and nurses. It will be continuing in 2019.
We work closely with our colleagues in pharmacy and there are two programmes to support pharmacists in Barnet. The minor illness programme aimed to upskill pharmacists in the assessment and management of minor illnesses, and encourage different ways of working as part of the NHS Five Year Forward View.
In 2017 the Barnet CEPN were successful in their joint bid with the Barnet Federated GPs (BFG) for phase 2 of NHS England’s Clinical Pharmacists in General Practice Programme. This is a 3-year scheme with the aim of supporting and training clinical pharmacists working in general practice, and fulfilling the Five Year Forward View commitment of delivering a pharmacist per 30,000 of the population. We recruited 5 pharmacists who work across 13 different practices in Barnet.
The Widening Partipation programme aims to increase awareness among school children about health careers and increase working across health and social care boundaries to support the workforce of the future. In 2019 Barnet Primary Care Training Hub organised a careers fair with Enfield CEPN for year 10 students and above who are considering a career in health or social care. Exhibitors ranged from opticians to pharmacists, radiographers, and SLTs to nurses and paramedics.
Barnet Primary Care Training Hub has also participated in the NCL Traineeship programme to offer young school leavers the opportunity to undertake work tasters within health and care organisations.