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CPD Plenary

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A free, 30-minute Q&A session on CPD funding in BNSSG

As part of the government’s pledge to secure a sustainable future for the NHS through the Long Term Plan, in September 2019 the Chancellor allocated £1,000 contributions towards the CPD of specific healthcare professionals working in general practice.

In conjunction with Avon LMC, BNSSG Training Hub will be holding a Q&A session for PCN CDs and practice management staff on how to access and use 2021 / 22 funding. Free to attend, and to be held virtually, this session will be on Thursday 17th June, from 13.30 to 14.00. Provided you feel it is appropriate for you, you are welcome to join this session even if you do not identify as a member of practice management staff.

To register your interest in joining, please contact [email protected].

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C&SW 2021 Annual Conference

Streaming live, from Ashton Gate

CPD Funding for Nurses & AHPs

Apply for CPD Funding for 2021 / 22

Return to Work GP Refresher Course

GPs, join our half-day Return to Work GP Refresher Course!

C&SW 2021 Annual Conference

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Embracing the  Sustainability Challenge

Care & Support West’s annual conference returns for 2021, as a virtual event to be streamed live from Ashton Gate, in partnership with BNSSG Training Hub.

Freely open to all primary, community, and social care staff, this year’s theme is sustainability. Through a series of lightning talks and round tables, speakers will deliver their insights into the well-being, workforce development, and equality and diversity of the care sector — in which the COVID-19 pandemic has revealed huge gaps.

The conference will be split across Tuesday 8 and Wednesday 9 June, with an array of speakers from health and care, and national and local government, on-hand to talk with you — including Sirona Health & Care’s Director of Nursing, Mary Lewis! Make sure to book your spot ASAP.

To view this event’s agenda and register your space, please use the button below.

Recent news

CPD Funding for Nurses & AHPs

Apply for CPD Funding for 2021 / 22

Return to Work GP Refresher Course

GPs, join our half-day Return to Work GP Refresher Course!

GP Short Career Break Project

Have your voice heard – shape support for GPs returning from short career breaks!

CPD Funding for Nurses & AHPs

Introduction

How to Apply

Funding Stream Diagram

Funding Eligibility

Professional Development Advice

FAQs

Introduction

One of BNSSG Training Hub’s core functions is, with a mandate and funding from HEE, to support the recruitment, retention, and development of the local primary care workforce; this can be achieved, in part, by enabling members of the primary care workforce to access and complete the CPD courses and training that they want and need.

We are committed to seeing that all nurses and allied health professionals (AHPs) in BNSSG have access to the £1,000 personal development budget announced back in September 2019, as part of a funding boost for frontline NHS staff. Through this budget, nurses and AHPs may receive up to £1,000 worth of funding over three years, to be put towards their continuing professional development (CPD).

This page will elaborate on how this funding is secured and distributed, and how you can access your allocated amount.

Funding Eligibility

To be eligible for funding from the personal development budget, you must be a member of one of the following roles:

Nurses
  • Advanced Nurse Practitioners
  • Extended Role Practice Nurses
  • Nurse Dispensers
  • Nursing Partners
  • Nurse Specialists
  • Practice Nurses
AHPs
  • Nursing Associates
  • Paramedics
  • Podiatrists
  • Physiotherapists
  • Therapists

Additionally, you must:

  • Be employed by a practice or PCN in Bristol, North Somerset, or South Gloucestershire
  • Request funding for an education / training package which is relevant to your role and in-line with the needs of your practice or PCN
  • Have the approval of your line manager to complete said education / training package
FAQs

Below are several frequently asked questions (FAQs) about the personal development budget and attendant funding:

Which settings must staff be employed in to be eligible for CPD funding?

Staff in the following settings are eligible for funding*:

  • General practice
  • Ambulance Trusts
  • Foundation Trusts
  • NHS Trusts

*The Training Hub only deals with enquiries from staff working in general practice, however.

Staff working in the following settings are excluded from funding:

  • Arm’s-length bodies
  • CCGs
  • Independent sector (inc. orgs that deliver NHS services)
  • Social care
  • Social enterprises
Is CPD funding available to nursing associates?

CPD funding is available to all registered nursing roles.

What about nurses within federations, as they do not submit onto NHS Digital. How are staff employed on behalf of PCNs and practices considered?

Eligible staff are those working in general practice, and this is in the guidance. The colleagues referred to in the question, although employed on behalf of the PCN, will normally report to NHS Digital via their lead GP practice as part of their workforce return.

Paramedics are AHPs -- won't it be difficult to exclude them?

Paramedics are included and are part of the Health & Care Professions Council’s (HCPC) AHP list.

For more information on the HCPC’s standards for CPD, please click here.

Can CPD funding be used as part payment for a more expensive programme?

If a learning need is evidenced and approved as part of the CPD investment plan, then CPD funding can be used as part payment, yes.

We have recently completed a Training Needs Analysis across our practice / PCN -- will this suffice?

This would require agreement across all practices, the PCN, and the Training Hub. It would be dependent on the training needs analysis being current and relevant.

Does training need to be accredited, non-accredited, or experiential for CPD funding to be considered?

All are eligible.

As we are starting CPD mid-year, can monies be claimed for CPD activity which has already taken place within the financial year?

Yes, but this would need to be evidenced within the application as an identified learning need for a personal development plan.

Will Training Hubs be expected to provide payments to training providers directly, rather than PCNs / practices?

Funding will stream from the Training Hub to PCNs. Applications from eligible members of the workforce will be summarised at PCN level.

Where significant demand is identified for a particular course, the Training Hub may procure at scale based on agreement with the PCN(s). If programmes are procured by the Training Hub, payment will be made directly to the provider.

Is a proportion of this CPD allocation utilised for Training Hub administration costs?

None of the CPD funding will be used to cover Training Hub administration costs. The administration of CPD monies is a core function of Training Hubs, and as such, administration will be absorbed through infrastructure funding.

How does the allocated amount per CCG translate into everyone having access to their CPD amount?

Funding has been allocated down to an individual level using NHS Digital returns. Consideration must be given that CPD funding has been allocated on a ‘point-in-time’ basis. This may not include every member of the current primary care teams, due to workforce movement and incomplete data returns.

Practices are encouraged to complete future data returns to enable more accurate payments in future financial years. If support is required, STP-level Training Hubs can facilitate.

Can monies not spent in-year be carried over?

All CPD monies must be allocated and paid to PCNs / CCGs in-year. The STP-level Training Hub cannot carry CPD funds over into the next financial year.

Will PCNs be responsible for how the CPD funding is spent and administered?

Yes, however PCNs should work with their local Training Hub to develop investment plans.

What happens if staff move during the financial year?

Any funding previously allocated cannot be reclaimed from the individual leader. This CPD funding is excluded from any existing learning & development financial / contractual arrangements. This CPD funding has been allocated regionally by Health Education England (HEE) and no instruction to re-claim monies because of staff movement has been made.

Will personal information be collected and shared?

The Training Hub will be asking for personal staff information to ensure that CPD funds are utilised appropriately, and as agreed. Personal information will be shared with the individual’s PCN for the purpose of confirming funding; it will not be shared with any other party, however.

Aggregate, anonymised information will be shared with Health Education England (HEE) to secure release of funding.

How will personal information be shared while ensuring that GDPR / IG requirements are met?

Personal information will be shared with PCNs by the Training Hub to provide assurances that CPD funds are being distributed fairly. All stakeholders will be responsible for ensuring that GDPR / Information Governance processes are followed, and that personal details are not shared where staff have not consented.

Professional Development Advice

If you would like to talk about your career trajectory and the venues open to you, the Training Hub is here to help you; our ACP Lead, Kerri Magnus, and our Placement Expansion Lead, Kim Ball, are available to meet on a 1:1 basis for 15-30 minutes, to discuss their individual goals and those of their practice / PCN. Line managers are also welcome to book a slot.

To make an appointment, please contact:

Kerri at [email protected]
Kim at [email protected]

How to Apply

To apply for your CPD funding, please register your expression of interest by completing the online application formplease click here to access it.

The Training Hub will collate requests and confirm agreement with your practice / PCN manager. If funding is agreed, you will need to complete a Learning Contractplease click here to download it.

Funding Stream Diagram

The diagram below elaborates on the process by which the Training Hub collects the necessary information from primary care networks (PCNs) and GP practices to sign-off on funding for individual staff members.

For a downloadable PDF version, please click on the diagram.

Return to Work GP Refresher Course

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Have you recently returned to work? Or are you planning to do so in the next few months?

If so, join us on Wednesday 16th June for our half-day Return to Work GP Refresher Course! It’s been designed, with input from GPs like yourself – gathered as part of our GP Short Career Break Project – to boost your confidence and help you feel supported in transitioning back to work following a career break.

We have a fantastic Career Coach, Frances Cushway, a wonderful GP Appraiser, Will Wallage, and Dr. Pamela Curtis (one of the Training Hub’s GP Fellows) engaged to support you. Between them, they’ll be covering:

  • Time management, to help you ease back into work
  • Useful clinical updates, to help bring you up to speed
  • Where to find information and resources, to help you cut down on unnecessary tasks
  • Networking with other GPs, to help you feel less isolated

All this will be on Wednesday 16th June, from 9.00 to 13.00. The course is entirely free to attend and will be held virtually.


For more information, and to register your interest, please contact [email protected].

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CPD Funding for Nurses & AHPs

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GP Short Career Break Project

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Study Skills for Nurses & AHPs

AHPs & Nurses: join our study skills sessions for tips and insights on reading, writing, and arguing critically!

GP Short Career Break Project

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Have your opinion heard!
Shape support for GPs returning from short career breaks

Dr. Pamela Curtis, GP Fellow for the Hub, invites GPs to participate in a short, anonymous questionnaire to help mould an ongoing project designed to increase support for, and retention amongst, members of the GP workforce.

The survey is aimed at GPs who are (or have been) out of the workplace on a short career break for 3 or more months in the preceding 2 years, or who are planning to take a short career break. It will evaluate perspectives on support available to, and the confidence of, these GPs upon their return to work, with a view to development and implementation of extra support, including ‘return to work’ courses.

This survey is but one part of this work, with a focus group involving a smaller sample of GPs scheduled to be run in May. If you would be interested in participating, please enter your details at the end of the survey or send a message to [email protected] / [email protected].

The deadline to respond is Thursday 6 May, in advance of the first event we intend to run, informed by this survey and the focus group, in mid-June.

For more information, and to access the survey, please use the buttons below.

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CPD Funding for Nurses & AHPs

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Study Skills for Nurses & AHPs

AHPs & Nurses: join our study skills sessions for tips and insights on reading, writing, and arguing critically!

First Contact Paramedics

All about first contact paramedics

Study Skills for Nurses & AHPs

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Undertaking the portfolio route of HEE’s Roadmap to Practice?
Or in the process of credentialing?
Lacking the skills needed to ace this process at Level 7?

Beginning on Friday 26 MayBNSSG Training Hub is set to run a series of 1-hour study skills workshops, designed to equip delegates with the skills required. Each workshop will provide a constructive environment in which to learn and practice, amidst likeminded colleagues and with a seasoned trainer.

For more information on what each session covers, and the available dates, please expand the boxes below.

Active Reading sessions

Please note: all sessions will run from 12.00 to 13.00 and cover the same material, so you do not need to come to all three.

In this session, you will gain tools to understand how to approach reading literature in a strategic way and making it purposeful. You will also touch on how to approach reading critically, to create ideas and arguments for your assignments and reflections. For this session, you will need to bring with you a journal article, relevant to your work and studies, that you have not yet read.

  • Friday 21 May
  • Wednesday 26 May
  • Tuesday 1 June
Constructing Arguments sessions

Please note: all sessions will run from 12.00 to 13.00 and cover the same material, so you do not need to come to all three.

This session focuses on taking your ideas and reading to construct arguments. Specifically, looking at how to plan your assignments and reflections, and how to structure paragraphs. Please bring with you a title / idea of reflection that you have done some reading / research for.

  • Friday 11 June
  • Wednesday 16 June
  • Monday 21 June
Academic Writing Style sessions

Please note: all sessions will run from 12.00 to 13.00 and cover the same material, so you do not need to come to all three.

This session will focus on how to write academically at Level 7. This includes what is meant by academic style and how to write critically. We will also touch on referencing tools that help to speed up the referencing process and tips on how to edit / proofread your work.  Please bring with you a piece of writing that you have completed.

  • Friday 2 July
  • Wednesday 7 July
  • Tuesday 13 July

All sessions will run from 12.00 to 13.00, on the dates listed. Each is standalone, so you can attend as many or few as you like — please note, you will not need to come to all sessions on a given subject, as they will cover the same material.

To register your interest, please contact Kerri Magnus (our ACP Lead) at [email protected].

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First Contact Paramedics

All about first contact paramedics

GPA Certificate course

Free training to step into a versatile, interesting role

First Contact Paramedics

Diagnostic clinicians who work in primary care, providing urgent and unscheduled care, and addressing acute presentations that have had an acute or chronic unset

Can triage patients, conduct telephone and face-to-face consultations, complete home visits, and request, review, and act upon laboratory results

In 2019, NHS England's Chief Allied Health Professions Officer (England) praised their role in leading "transformational change for the benefit of citizens and their health and well-being in a wide variety of settings"

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Questions?

If you have any questions relating to first contact paramedics, or even to advanced paramedics, please feel free to contact our ACP Lead, Kerri Magnus, at [email protected].

FCP / ACP (Paramedic) Survey

Kerri Magnus has also designed a survey to establish the learning needs of first contact and advanced practitioners, including paramedics. Completing this survey will assist us in directing funding to appropriate higher education modules and CPD.

For more information, and to access the survey, please click here.

What are they?

What benefits can they bring?

What is their scope of practice?

Is funding available for them?

Are there any case studies?

What training, qualifications, and competencies should they have?

What educational pathways are there?

NEW: How does the ARRS link to HEE's Roadmap?

Are they eligible for the apprenticeship levy?

Any example job descriptions?

Any sample interview questions? [DONE]

What clinical supervision do they need? [DONE]

What ongoing support is available? [DONE]

What are first contact paramedics?

First contact paramedics are autonomous, diagnostic clinicians with experience in handling undifferentiated and unpredictable cases; conducting an array of clinical assessment, diagnostic, and treatment activities; and directing and signposting care. They are at the top of their clinical scope of practice at Agenda for Change Band 7 (A Roadmap to Practice, see below).

As generalists, they can effectively use the medical / biopsychosocial model to assess, examine, treat, and manage patients of all ages, with a variety of undifferentiated and chronic conditions. Their work can involve triaging patients, carrying out telephone and face-to-face consultations, and conducting home visits. They refer patients to GPs for the management of presentations and pharmacology outside their scope of practice.

For more information, please read HEE’s A Roadmap to Practice and the College of Paramedics’ Employers’ Guide: Paramedics in Primary and Urgent Care.

A Roadmap to Practice

Produced by HEE, this document provides a roadmap of education for practice, for all first contact paramedics working in primary care.

To read this document, please click here.

Employers' Guide: Paramedics in Primary and Urgent Care

Produced by the College of Paramedics, this document was produced by a multi-professional group and provides concise information regarding the current education and regulatory standards for paramedics.

To download this document, please go to the CoP’s site by clicking here.

What benefits can first contact paramedics bring?

GPs face a constant and increasing demand for their time. First contact paramedics can help to alleviate this by addressing a wide range of undifferentiated presentations to urgent and primary care (including frailty, long-term conditions, and mental health crises). In so doing, they not only enable GPs to turn their attention to more complicated presentations when needed, but paramedics also ensure that patients can receive equitable treatment from a MDT workforce that isn’t so unduly strained. Patients are less likely to need to go to the hospital, as paramedics are well-equipped to see, treat, and / or refer as appropriate by themselves performing home visits.

Please see the Paramedic Specialist Core Capabilities Framework below for more information.


Paramedics have so many complementary skills and in primary care there are many areas where paramedics can complement the rest of the primary care team, not least acute care, but also, domiciliary visiting and follow up to the same that may well enable patients to stay in their own home rather than be admitted to hospital…

Professor Simon Gregory
Director of Education and Quality
(HEE, working across Midlands and East)

(Ref. Paramedic Specialist Core Capabilities Framework)

Paramedic Specialist Core Capabilities Framework (2019)

Produced jointly by HEE, Skills for Health, and the College of Paramedics, this framework establishes the scope of practice for paramedics working in primary care.

To read this framework, please click here.

What is the scope of their practice?

First contact paramedics’ scope of practice is outlined in HEE’s A Roadmap to Practice for first contact and advanced paramedics. This document offers a clear educational pathway from undergraduate to advanced practice for paramedics seeking a career in primary care, outlining the skills and attributes required to become a first contact paramedic or advanced paramedic, in addition to establishing the supervision and governance needed to support them.

In asserting the capabilities of first contact and advanced paramedics, this document assists employers and workforce planners in understanding what this role can bring to the table in a multi-professional team, and thereby support the delivery of the best patient care.

For a detailed breakdown of a first contact paramedic’s scope of practice, please consult the Roadmap to Practice and read:

  • Section 3.0: National standards and frameworks for MSK practitioners
  • Appendix 12.14: Knowledge, Skills and Attributes document
A Roadmap to Practice

Produced by HEE, this document provides a roadmap of education for practice, for all first contact paramedics working in primary care.

To read this document, please click here.

Is funding available for first contact paramedics?

From April 2021 onward, first contact paramedics can be recruited by PCNs through the Additional Roles Reimbursement Scheme (ARRS). This scheme provides funding for additional roles, enabling the creation of bespoke multidisciplinary teams. All PCNs are eligible for reimbursement funds, with the amount available dependent on their weighted population share.

Through ARRS, paramedics can be employed by PCNs and reimbursed at 100% of defined salary, plus defined costs. More information on this can be found in NHS Confederation’s guide, below.

Additionally, like nurses, nursing associates, and other AHPs, paramedics are entitled to £1,000 of CPD funding over 3 years.

Recruiting paramedic practitioners through the Additional Roles Reimbursement Scheme

Produced by NHS Confederation, this document serves as a guide to how the ARRS works, how paramedics can be recruited through it, and how paramedics can support your multidisciplinary practice team.

To read it, please click here.

What training, qualifications, and competencies should a paramedic have?

The College of Paramedics (CoP) states that, from 2021 onward, all paramedics should have a BSc (Hons) to be registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). This qualification is acquired over 3 to 5 years of study. Paramedics working in advanced practice should be educated to the level of a Master’s degree, however.

The CoP notes that the requirement for higher education qualifications is relatively new, though, with a number of paramedics in advanced practice not having such. The CoP maintains that paramedics aspiring to transition should be educated in line with these requirements — and it is hoped that employers will assist the paramedics they recruit in meeting these standards.

It is also expected that paramedics will have successfully completed a preceptorship programme (or the equivalent of) prior to working in primary care; this is usually done in the first two years after initial registration, via schemes like the Newly Qualified Paramedic (NQP) programme. Completion of a preceptorship is intended to round out paramedics, with experience in assessing and managing an array of patients across the clinical and social spectrum.

For more information on a first contact paramedic’s required competencies, please refer to the Paramedic Specialist in Primary and Urgent Care Core Capabilities Framework.

For a detailed breakdown on the training required for a paramedic to practice at first contact and advanced levels, please refer to HEE’s Roadmap to Practice below.

Paramedic Specialist Core Capabilities Framework (2019)

Produced jointly by HEE, Skills for Health, and the College of Paramedics, this framework establishes the scope of practice for paramedics working in primary care.

To read this framework, please click here.

A Roadmap to Practice

Produced by HEE, this document provides a roadmap of education for practice, for all first contact paramedics working in primary care.

To read this document, please click here.

Are there any case studies?

HEE are currently producing case studies for first contact paramedics. Please stand by until they’re ready to be released.

Are paramedics eligible for the apprenticeship levy?

The short answer is yes — to access it, a first contact paramedic will need to secure the backing of a GP and their practice manager, before reaching out to the Training Hub. It is then a matter of applying to UWE’s apprenticeship scheme.

For more information, please do contact our ACP Lead, Kerri Magnus, at [email protected]t using the button below.

Alternatively, you can download MSc AP Apprenticeship Programme to read more about UWE’s scheme for advanced clinical practitioners.

MSc AP Apprenticeship Programme

This document provides information on UWE’s apprenticeship programme for advanced clinical practitioners.

To read it, please click here.

What academic qualifications should an FCP have?

An FCP should be pursuing one of the following routes to become qualified:

  • Completing a BSc Physiotherapy degree at a recognised university
  • Completing a BSc Degree Apprenticeship, combining on-the-job training with university-level learning an study
  • Completing an integrated Master’s degree — a four-year, full-time course combining undergraduate and postgraduate study into a single course
  • Completing a Master of Science degree for those who have studied at undergraduate level in another relevant subject area: (e.g., biological sciences, psychology, or sports science, consisting of a range of lectures, placements, and assessments over 2 years

Generally speaking, an FCP should have 1,000 placement hours under their belt, though this can vary depending on the qualification they’re pursuing.

Detailed information on accredited university courses can be found at this link:
Find a physiotherapy programme | The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (csp.org.uk)

Any example job descriptions?

Please stand by whilst we confirm HEE’s job description for first contact paramedics.

Any sample interview questions?

We will provide sample interview questions soon. Thank you for your patience.

What clinical supervision do you need to provide?

HEE stipulates that the clinical supervision you provide should build the first contact paramedic’s confidence, capability, clinical reasoning, and critical thinking. As such, it should include:

  • Regular supervision within practice
  • A routine debrief (at least daily) to ensure patient and practitioner safety
  • A high-quality feedback process, to help with addressing practitioner and patient uncertainty
  • A Workplace-Based Assessment (WPBA) to assess the application of knowledge, skills, and behaviours in primary care

Brooke Petter Associates likewise advocate for routine supervision to be provided, noting that while paramedics typically have a high degree of autonomy early in their clinical practice, consistent support and supervision will allow them to acclimatise to the specifics of primary care more safely and confidently. They advise assigning paramedics a named clinical supervisor, one ideally with experience in a teaching practice. As the paramedic’s skills and confidence grow, the degree of supervision should be lessened (see A How To Guide below for more).


For information on how to become a first contact paramedic’s supervisor, please consult the illustration and relevant documents below.

HEE Clinical Supervision for FCPs / ACPs FAQs

Compiled by Kerri Magnus, this document addresses many frequently asked questions surrounding clinical supervision for first contact practitioners and advanced clinical practitioners (including first contact physiotherapists).

To read it, please click here.

HEE's FCP / ACP Roadmap Supervision slides

Provided by HEE, this slide deck outlines the supervision process for first contact practitioners and advanced clinical practitioners.

To read it, please click here.

HEE's Workplace Supervision for Advanced Clinical Practice guide

Produced by HEE, this document is intended for employers and supervisors, to support them in delivering high-quality workplace supervision to advanced clinical practitioners in training.

To read it, please click here.

What ongoing support is available?

There are various ways in which first contact paramedics can receive support, including:

The ACP Forum

Organised and led by our ACP Lead, Kerri Magnus, The ACP Forum can assist first contact paramedics on the journey to becoming an advanced clinical practitioner. The Forum can signpost to relevant education and training, provide 1-to-1 guidance, and facilitate networking with like-minded colleagues from across BNSSG.

To visit The ACP Forum’s site, please click here.

1:1 Sessions

Kerri Magnus, our ACP Lead, is available to run 1:1 sessions for advanced clinical practitioners, in which they can create their own individual pathways, relevant to their role and practice goals. These will be 15-30 minutes, and GPs / Practice Managers are also welcome to book a slot, should they wish to ask any questions relating to first contact practitioners or advanced clinical practitioners.

You can contact Kerri at [email protected], by clicking here.

The College of Paramedics (CoP)

The College of Paramedics is a professional body for UK paramedics, well-placed to lead the profession’s development across a variety of health and care settings, informing national and regional legislation and policy. Membership does require a fee but comes with a number of benefits, including free access to The British Paramedic Journal (BPJ) — a quarterly, peer-reviewed electronic journal.

To find out more, please click here.

CoP Diploma in Primary and Urgent Care

The College of Paramedics provides a professional Diploma in Primary and Urgent Care (DIP PUC) examination, which is designed to assess the skills, knowledge, and attitudes of experienced, specialist paramedics. It is intended to incorporate the range of possible patient presentations and depth of knowledge required to carry out an effective, successful patient consultation.

To find out more, please click here.

BNSSG FCP / ACP (Paramedic) Survey

Kerri Magnus has also designed a survey to establish the learning needs of first contact and advanced practitioners, including paramedics. Completing this survey will assist us in directing funding to appropriate higher education modules and CPD. All data acquired will be anonymised in presentations, but ourselves and Avon LMC will keep a summary of individual requirements so that if resources become available (and agreed by practice), we’ll be able to direct funding appropriately.

To access the survey, please click here.

What educational pathways are there?

At present, there are two main educational pathways by which one can train to be a first contact or advanced paramedic:

  • Via an FCP portfolio and taught routes, with onward portfolio route or a taught Advanced Practice master’s to become an Advanced Practitioner
  • Via an AP portfolio or taught routes with the addition of the required primary care KSA training

The diagram below provides a visual representation of this routes.

For more information, please see HEE’s Roadmap to Practice using the collapsible box below.

A Roadmap to Practice

Produced by HEE, this document provides a roadmap of education for practice, for all first contact paramedics working in primary care.

To read this document, please click here.

Diagram sourced from HEE’s A Roadmap to Practice

How does the ARRS link to HEE's Roadmap?

First contact physiotherapists employed under the Additional Roles Reimbursement Scheme (ARRS) have a deadline of April 2022 to complete stages 1 & 2 of HEE’s Roadmap to Practice to enable drawing down of funding.

If you are not employed under ARRS, then you do not have this deadline. It is beneficial to complete them, however, if you want to be on the Centre for Advancing Practice Directory — you will need to have gone through stages 1 & 2 before moving on to stage 3 and advanced clinical practice.

Both stages can be completed in general practice and signed off by a verified clinical roadmap supervisor, or you can attend a taught route. You will still need to have evidence of clinical supervision by a roadmap supervisor to ensure competency, though.

For weekly updates here, please refer to HEE’s site using the button below.

Literature
Employers' Guide: Paramedics in Primary and Urgent Care

Produced by the College of Paramedics, this document was produced by a multi-professional group and provides concise information regarding the current education and regulatory standards for paramedics.

To download this document, please go to the CoP’s site by clicking here.

HEE Clinical Supervision for FCPs / ACPs FAQs

Compiled by Kerri Magnus, this document addresses many frequently asked questions surrounding clinical supervision for first contact practitioners and advanced clinical practitioners (including first contact physiotherapists).

To read it, please click here.

HEE's FCP / ACP Roadmap Supervision slides

Provided by HEE, this slide deck outlines the supervision process for first contact practitioners and advanced clinical practitioners.

To read it, please click here.

HEE's A Roadmap to Practice

Produced by HEE, this document provides a roadmap of education for practice, for all first contact paramedics working in primary care.

To read this document, please click here.

HEE's Workplace Supervision for Advanced Clinical Practice guide

Produced by HEE, this document is intended for employers and supervisors, to support them in delivering high-quality workplace supervision to advanced clinical practitioners in training.

To read it, please click here.

MSc AP Apprenticeship Programme

This document provides information on UWE’s apprenticeship programme for advanced clinical practitioners.

To read it, please click here.

Paramedic Specialist Core Capabilities Framework (2019)

Produced jointly by HEE, Skills for Health, and the College of Paramedics, this framework establishes the scope of practice for paramedics working in primary care.

To read this framework, please click here.

Recruiting paramedic practitioners through the Additional Roles Reimbursement Scheme

Produced by NHS Confederation, this document serves as a guide to how the ARRS works, how paramedics can be recruited through it, and how paramedics can support your multidisciplinary practice team.

To read it, please click here.

A/V resources
An Essential Update about First Contact Practitioners and Advanced Clinical Practice in primary care

Arranged by Somerset LMC and Somerset Training Hub, this 1.5 hour webinar provides a concise, ideal look at the scope and requirements of first contact / advanced clinical practitioners (FCPs / ACPs), and at how best to provide the support, supervision, and conditions they need to thrive.

A range of individuals contributed, including our own ACP Lead, Kerri Magnus.

For more information, and to watch this webinar, please click here (do note that you will need to register).

[This webinar was held on 04/02/21]


HEE FCP Roadmap Webinar

On Wednesday 24 March, HEE held a webinar on their first contact practitioner (FCP) Roadmaps to Practice. This webinar will be of interest to those in MSK and paramedic roles and will specifically cover the portfolio route through, with guidance and insights into how delegates can look to build their portfolios.

The recording is now available to watch and download.

To access the recording, please click here. To download the slides, please click here.

[This video was published on 01/04/21]

GPA Certificate course

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Free training to step into a versatile, interesting role

HEE is supporting the spread and adoption of the new, emerging GP Assistant (GPA) role, created to relieve some of the pressure on GPs. It has been described as “a cross between a healthcare assistant and a doctor’s personal assistant”. More than 40 GPAs have already been trained across the South West, and with the support of Devon Training Hub, HEE is looking to develop another 40 candidates from general practices across the region – including Bristol, North Somerset, and South Gloucestershire.

Anyone with experience as a practice administrator or healthcare assistant, and with a current Enhanced DBS disclosure, can apply to join the GP Assistant Certificate course. Candidates will need to dedicate one full day a week to the course, which can be achieved flexibly whilst remaining in their place of work; the course will take 6 – 9 months to complete, and is set to commence in April / May 2021. There is no charge for joining the course, and upon completion of the GPA Certificate, participating practices will be eligible for a £1,700 training grant (per candidate) in recognition of the time given to support learners in achieving their competencies.

For more information, please download the flyer and FAQs below. The enrolment form may also be downloaded below.

Applications must be in by the end of Wednesday 31 March

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Clinical Supervision Training for GPNs

NEW: Downloadable breakdown of this training’s expectations, benefits, and format

Clinical Supervision Training for GPNs

CS for GPNs
Improving patient care and increasing practitioner confidence

With funding from NHS England and NHS Improvement, BNSSG Training Hub will be training general practice nurses to become workplace Clinical Supervisors. With the emergence of multi-professional teams and roles in primary care, we aspire to equip experienced nurses with the knowledge to implement effective supervision, and the skills to enhance and support the retention, governance, and well-being of the primary care workforce.

The goal is to train at least 1 GPN per PCN in BNSSG – multiple nurses from the same primary care network are welcome to undertake this training, however, as the Training Hub are keen to support as many delegates as possible. Training will comprise of a 20-minute e-Learning module, followed by a 3-hour training session exploring what supervision is, and how it can be successfully implemented through a variety of presentations and breakout rooms. The next of these half-day sessions will be on Wednesday 23rd June, from 9.1512.30, though applicants can also attend on:

  • Wednesday 8 September | 13.0016.15
  • Wednesday 10 November | 13.0016.15
Training Benefits

Individual Benefits:

  • Improved patient care
  • Increased morale
  • Greater confidence
  • Stress relief / prevention
  • Valuing and learning from success
  • Opportunity to share and develop relationships and network
  • Developing individual responsibility

Organisation Benefits:

  • Improved practice from confident practitioners
  • A culture in which practitioners and patients are valued
  • Improved recruitment and retention of staff
  • Increased accountability and motivation
  • Enhanced wellbeing and reduced sickness rates
  • Improved communication among team members

For more information and to send an expression of interest, please use the buttons below.

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CPD Funding for Nurses & AHPs

Apply for CPD Funding for 2021 / 22

First Contact Paramedics

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Advanced Practice Hub

NEW: Updated on 05.05.21

Advanced Practice Hub

Advanced Practice Hub

A landing page for information on and relevant to Advanced Care Practitioners

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Advanced Practice updates

If you have any questions relating to first contact physiotherapists or advanced physiotherapists, or if you would like to sign up to The ACP Forum’s newsletter, please contact our ACP LeadKerri Magnus, at [email protected].

Updates

This advanced practice hub was last updated on 05.05.21. The following sections were updated:

  • HEE Roadmaps & ARRS [under Universal]
    Clarification regarding the relationship between HEE’s Roadmaps to Practice and the Additional Roles Reimbursement Scheme (ARRS), with confirmation that ARRS-employed staff must complete stages 1 & 2 of the Roadmap by April 2022.

Summary pages

Resources

An Essential Update about FCPs & ACP in Primary Care

Becoming an FCP / ACP Clinical Supervisor

Condensed ARRS

FCP Roadmap Supervision slides

NEW: HEE Roadmaps & ARRS

HEE Roadmaps Landing Page

HEE FCP Roadmap Webinar

HEE National Paramedic Webinar

HEE Roadmap to Practice & FAQs

Recruiting paramedic practitioners through the ARRS

Simplified roadmap to Advanced Practice

HEE FCP Roadmap Webinar

First Contact Physiotherapist Summary Page

An Essential Update about FCPs & ACP in Primary Care

Arranged by Somerset LMC and Somerset Training Hub, this 1.5 hour webinar provides a concise, ideal look at the scope and requirements of first contact / advanced clinical practitioners (FCPs / ACPs), and at how best to provide the support, supervision, and conditions they need to thrive.

A range of individuals contributed, including our own ACP Lead, Kerri Magnus.

Becoming an FCP / ACP Clinical Supervisor
Condensed ARRS

Please download the document below for a condensed version of the Additional Roles Reimbursement Scheme (ARRS) and information on the benefits of clinical supervision.

FCP Roadmap Supervision slides

Produced by Simon Ingram (Assessment and Supervision Lead for Advanced Practice in Primary Care, HEE), this slide deck and accompanying set of FAQs cover the supervision process for first contact practitioners.

HEE Roadmaps & ARRS

If you are employed under the Additional Roles Reimbursement Scheme (ARRS), please note that you currently have a deadline of April 2022 to complete stages 1 & 2 of HEE’s Roadmap to Practice to enable drawing down of funding.

If you are not employed under ARRS, then you do not have this deadline. It is beneficial to complete them, however, if you want to be on the Centre for Advancing Practice Directory — you will need to have gone through stages 1 & 2 before moving on to stage 3 and advanced clinical practice.

Both stages can be completed in general practice and signed off by a verified clinical roadmap supervisor, or you can attend a taught route. You will still need to have evidence of clinical supervision by a roadmap supervisor to ensure competency, though.

For weekly updates here, please refer to HEE’s site using the button below.

HEE Roadmap to Practice & FAQs

HEE’s Roadmap to Practice is a supportive document that clearly outlines the educational pathway from undergraduate to advanced practice for paramedics wishing to pursue a career in primary care.

To read it, and a range of FAQs, please use the button below.

NEW: Recruiting paramedic practitioners through the ARRS

As of April 2021, PCNs can recruit paramedics through the Additional Roles Reimbursement Scheme (ARRS).

NHS Confederation have produced a guide explaining what the ARRS is and how it works, in addition to how paramedics can support:

  • Population health management via on-the-day demand and access with hear-and-treat telephone triage
  • Treatment of minor ailments and injuries
  • Medicines supply via patient group directions (PGDs)
First Contact Physiotherapist Summary Page

Keen to learn more about first contact physiotherapists? What is their scope of practice? What training and qualifications do they need?

What ongoing support is available for them locally? Answers to these questions, and more, can be found on our First Contact Physiotherapist Summary Page — a one-stop shop, created with input from The ACP Forum and featuring links to a wealth of resources from HEE, the Chartered Society of Physiotherapists, and more.

HEE National Paramedic Webinar

Following the HEE Paramedic Roadmap’s publication, HEE will be running a webinar to provide an overview of the roadmap and the supervision requirements on Tuesday 23rd March, from 15.30 to 17.00. This will be an opportunity to hear from a GP’s perspective what the roadmap means for them in primary care and to hear from the College of Paramedics.

The agenda is as follows:

  • 15.30: Welcome and open | Andy Collen (Paramedic Subject Matter Expert, HEE / Consultant Paramedic)
  • 15.40: Roadmap Overview | Amanda Hensman-Crook (HEE AHP National Clinical Fellow)
  • 15.55: Roadmap Supervision and Verification | Julia Taylor (HEE Primary Care Roadmap Supervision and Verification Lead)
  • 16.10: College Perspective on the Roadmap | Helen Beaumont-Waters (Primary Care Lead, College of Paramedics)
  • 16.25: FCP & AP in Primary Care GP Perspective | Alistair Bavington (GP)
  • 16.40: Q&A
  • 17.00: Close

For more information, please contact Carrie Biddle (Regional Head of Allied Health Professions, HEE) at [email protected]. To join via Microsoft Teams on the day, please use the button below.

HEE Roadmaps Landing Page

HEE has established a landing page for all their allied health profession roadmaps to practice, including for first contact physiotherapists and first contact paramedics. These roadmaps outline a clear educational pathway from undergraduate to advanced practice, for clinicians looking to pursue a career in primary care.

HEE FCP Roadmap Webinar

On Wednesday 24 March, HEE will be holding a webinar on their first contact practitioner (FCP) Roadmaps to Practice. This webinar will be of interest to those in MSK and paramedic roles and will specifically cover the portfolio route through, with guidance and insights into how delegates can look to build their portfolios.

The recording is now available to watch and download. To access it, and to download the slides, please use the buttons below.

Simplified roadmap

The e-Learning modules can be accessed on the College of Paramedics site, under Guide to accessing eLearning, by clicking here

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