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 patients with chronic illness and those facing ending of life care.
GP Nurse Programme:
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.
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.
New to Practice Fellowships:
The General Practice Fellowships Programme Guidance, supports the local development a two-year fellowship to newly-qualified doctors and nurses entering general practice. This programme is a NHS Long Term Plan commitment, also suggested by the GP Partnership Review, and recently restated in the February 2020 update to the GP Contract.
The programme launched in December 2019, and is subsequently being implemented across England to support all newly-qualified GPs
and nurses in their transition to established, sustainable practice in general practice, becoming an embedded part of the primary care
team in the PCN.
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.