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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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BNSSG Population Health Fellowship

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Spearhead a project to reduce health inequalities
Open to all GPs, GPNs, and AHPs in BNSSG

We are offering a 12-month Population Health Fellowship, beginning this March, designed by Professor Maggie Rae (President of the Faculty of Public Health). This will be a fantastic chance for a primary care clinician to not only develop their leadership and management skills, but also to bolster their knowledge of Population Health and health inequalities.

Population Health work aims to improve the health and well-being of a group or population of people, and to reduce inequality in health outcomes, requiring action to address the wider, social determinants of health and involving collaboration with communities and organisations beyond the NHS. For more information on the significance of Population Health, please download the Fellowship rationale below.

You will work for 2 sessions (1 day) per week with the STP Population Health Management Team, to deliver a Population Health improvement project with a focus on reducing health inequalities. You will receive educational supervision from a local Public Health Consultant, training from the South West School of Public Health, and an education & training allowance for any relevant courses and qualifications. Again, for more information, please download the Fellowship details and Fellowship rationale documents below.

This offer is open to all GPs, GPNs, and AHPs in a substantive role in a GP practice in Bristol, North Somerset, or South Gloucestershire. We particularly welcome applications from Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic (BAME) candidates. But do please note that applications must be in by Friday 29 January — to apply, please send your CV and a covering letter to Dr. Sarah Ballisat at [email protected].

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BNSSG Training Hub GP Fellowships

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It’s a new year — take up a new opportunity!
Open to all GPs, wherever they are in their career

BNSSG Training Hub is delighted to announce two new 12-month fellowships, beginning this March. These will provide an excellent opportunity for GPs to develop their leadership and education skills, alongside their existing clinical role.

Successful applicants will work with the Training Hub for 2 sessions (1 day) per week, leading projects designed to support and develop the primary, community, and social care workforce in Bristol, North Somerset, and South Gloucestershire. Fellows will be supervised by a member of the Hub’s senior management team and receive an education & training allowance of £1,000, which may be spent on courses and qualifications relevant to the fellowship.

Applications are welcomed from GPs at any stage of their career. We particularly welcome applications from GPs from diverse backgrounds.

Please send your CV and a covering letter to Sarah Ballisat at [email protected] by Thursday 21 January. Your CV and covering letter will be used for shortlisting. Interviews will be held on Friday 5 February. Successful applicants must be ready to start before the end of March 2021.

For more information, please download the PDF below.

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All things TNA

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Are you a Trainee Nursing Associate?
Or perhaps you’re employing one?

Make sure to check out Avon LMC’s webinar on all things trainee nursing associate (TNA) on Thursday 19 November, at 14.00.

The funding and application process, entry requirements, experiences of others, and more will all be covered.

For more information and to book your spot, please contact [email protected].

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Social Prescribing Link Worker webinar series

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Learn about three new roles

To be held on Wednesday 4 November from 13.3014.30, this special joint webinar from NHSE / I will highlight three of the new roles in primary care: Social Prescribing Link Workers, Care Navigators, and Health Coaches.

The webinar is aimed at people employed in one of these roles, but is also open to PCN staff and other related colleagues. Learning outcomes as follows:

  • For colleagues in the three roles to gain an understanding of each role’s remit in primary care 
  • For colleagues to understand different models of how they can work together to deliver high-quality, personalised care, using real-life examples of where roles work together in primary care 
  • To provide an opportunity for colleagues to hear from the NHS England national team responsible for the additional roles
  • To provide an opportunity to ask questions to the national team and network with colleagues 

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CLiP PCN Project

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For the attention of all PCNs
Get involved with this HEE-funded project

This is a HEE pilot to increase student nurse placements across the South West, with a call for 1 – 2 PCNs in BNSSG to host 4 – 8 students via the Collaborative Learning in Practice (CLiP) model. This coaching model tasks students from different years with taking the lead in caring for patients, and entrusts them with supporting and learning from one another.

Participating PCNs will not only receive support from the Training Hub and local HEIs, with staff being provided preparatory training, but they will also be able to claim a one-off £3,000 support payment (available per PCN, and alongside the usual weekly tariff of £87 per week).

In addition to expanding student nurse placements, the project is intended to raise the quality of learning environments, promote general practice nursing careers, assess the CLiP model’s suitability for other professions, and provide research output and case studies.


To watch a promotional video about how the CLiP model works in general practice, please click here.

The pilot will begin in January and is limited to two PCNs 
If interested, contact Dr. Holly Hardy ASAP

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Pitch your primary care research project to PACT

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Been mulling over a primary care innovation?
Calling all primary care health professionals

The Primary Care Academic Collaborative (PACT) is leading a national call for a grassroots research project this Autumn, culminating in a ‘Dragon’s Den’ at the 2021 Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) conference, on Thursday 11th February.

Applications must be submitted to PACT by Sunday 22nd November. To learn more about how to apply, what the committee are looking for, and what makes a good project, please click here.

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Nursing Apprenticeships in Social Care webinar

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Bust some myths about nursing apprenticeships in social care
On Tuesday 20 October, from 15.00 to 16.30

In collaboration with Skills for Care and the Voluntary Organisations Disability Group (VODG), HEE are inviting colleagues from social care, and non-NHS organisations providing NHS-commissioned care, to a webinar on nursing apprenticeships; you’ll look at how the apprenticeship route into nursing (both registered nurses and nursing associates) can be used to enhance and develop the current and future workforce.

There’ll also be some myth-busting around how the apprenticeship model and associated funding can be accessed, and dispelling of myths around ways in which nurses need to be supported to complete their training. The funding offer for this apprenticeship model itself will be reviewed, too.

To register a place, please email [email protected].

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QNI Annual Conference 2020

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‘Learning from the pandemic’

The QNI has dedicated their annual conference this year to all nurses and allied health professionals, in recognition of their hard, vital work in caring for others during the pandemic. It will be entirely virtual, held on each day from Monday 19 to Friday 23 October, via Zoom.

Across the sessions scheduled, you’ll hear from and about the four CNOs; the ICN’s perspective; the Nursing Now legacy; the impact of COVID-19 on the BAME community and workforce; the innovations devised to meet the pandemic’s challenges; lessons for the future; nurses’ case studies; and much more.

For more information, including how to book your place, please use the button below.

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Physiotherapist Apprenticeships | South West Employer Forum

Physiotherapist apprenticeships
How can you set up physiotherapy apprenticeships in your local area?
Look no further than HEE’s Physiotherapist Apprenticeship Employer Forum

To be held on Teams on Wednesday 18 November, from 10.30 to 13.00, this will be an opportunity for physiotherapy leads and apprenticeship / education leads to:

  • Ensure that service leads understand the apprenticeship model and how to implement it within their service area
  • Explore how to set up apprenticeships in physiotherapy, looking at examples from established provision nationally
  • Link you with your apprenticeship / education leads, to discuss how to implement locally
  • Link you with regional colleagues to share best practice and discuss ideas
  • Establish what provision we would like regionally, and how to procure this
  • Offer support from HEE and CSP

To book your place, please send a message to [email protected].
Include your full name, job title, organisation, email address, and the names of any other contacts you wish to be in attendance.

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