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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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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:

  • Advanced Nurse Practitioners
  • Extended Role Practice Nurses
  • Nurse Dispensers
  • Nursing Partners
  • Nurse Specialists
  • Practice Nurses
  • 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

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.

If you have any further questions, please speak to Kerri Magnus.

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.

Project Management Development courses

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Want to develop your project management skills?
Funded places on training courses available

We are collaborating with UWE to support administrative and managerial practice staff in developing their project management skills, by securing a number of funded places on the following self-managed courses.

Prince2 Agile Foundation for Project Management

This course is suitable for anyone interested in project management, design, delivery, and review.

It will take approximately 16 hours to complete, but you will have access to the materials over the span of 6 months, giving you time to plan your studying and book your exam.

It will be delivered online as self-study, and so you will require a computer with internet access.

Tutor support is available by telephone from experienced tutors.

Cohort 1 will start on Monday 4 January, 2021, and be completed by Wednesday 30 June, 2021.

Cohort 2 will start on Monday 1 February, 2021, and be completed by Saturday 31 July, 2021.

More information on this course can be found here.

APM Fundamentals

This course is suited to those with little-to-no project management experience looking to gain an understanding of the principles of project management.

It will take between 10 – 12 hours to complete. You will, however, have access to the materials for 6 months, allowing you to plan your study and book your exam.

It will likewise be delivered entirely online, and so you will need a computer with access to the internet. A webinar is to be held in the course’s first week to demonstrate the learning materials and how to use the e-learning environment.

Tutor support is available by telephone from experience tutors.

The cohort will begin on Monday 1 February, 2021, and end on Tuesday 31 August, 2021.

More information about this course can be found here.

Applying for a funded place

To apply for a funded place, please download the expression of interest form using the third button below, and send a completed copy to Jessie Saul at [email protected].

Places will be offered on a first-come, first-serve basis. Applications must be in by Friday 4 December.

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Blended Learning

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Study your way
Predominantly remote learning, so you can be flexible with your time

Developed by HEE and HEIs across England – and in conjunction with an advisory group featuring representatives from partner organisations – the Blended Learning programme has been established to address national shortages in clinical expertise and to offer predominantly virtual,  remote-access study to individuals unable to study for a healthcare role in a traditional fashion.

This programme will be trialled via a nursing degree programme, to start in early 2021. Trainee nurses will have easy access to new and emerging technologies, helping them and their employing trusts to meet the requirement for strong digital capabilities, whilst also furnishing the NHS will an up-to-date, adaptable workforce.

The aims of this programme are to:

“Provide a technology framework that enables student-led provision, online communities of practice leading to development of engaged and self -directed learners with strong digital capabilities”

“Develop flexible, adaptable, resilient, curious, collaborative learners and professionals”

“Attract greater numbers and a more diverse student population into the health profession”

“Create a significantly different offer in healthcare professional education, that will support the growth of a qualitatively different, expert and professional workforce suited to the demands of care now and in the future”

“Fully exploit digital technologies to deliver fully interactive and integrated programmes including immersive technologies like Virtual and Augmented Reality”

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Motivational Interviewing training 2021

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Dates & times

The following dates and times are available for the workshops, all of which must be attended:

Workshop 1

Monday 1 February, 9.00 – 10.00
Monday 1 February, 10.15 – 11.15
Monday 1 February, 11.30 – 12.30
Monday 1 February, 13.30 – 14.30
Monday 1 February, 14.45 – 15.45
Monday 1 February, 16.00 – 17.00

Tuesday 2 February, 9.00 – 10.00

Workshop 2:

Tuesday 2 February, 10.15 – 11.15
Tuesday 2 February, 11.30 – 12.30
Tuesday 2 February, 13.30 – 14.30
Tuesday 2 February, 14.45 – 15.45
Tuesday 2 February, 16.00 – 17.00

Monday 8 February, 12.30 – 13.30
Monday 8 February, 13.45 – 14.45

Workshop 3:
Monday 8 February, 15.00 – 16.00
Monday 8 February, 17.00 – 18.00
Monday 8 February, 18.15 – 19.15

Tuesday 9 February, 13.45 – 14.45
Tuesday 9 February, 15.00 – 16.00
Tuesday 9 February, 17.00 – 18.00
Tuesday 9 February, 18.15 – 19.15

Open to all roles in primary care
General information:

We have arranged for a second run of this autumn’s Motivational Interviewing training. Having previously only been open to GPNs, this next run is open to all members of the primary care workforce, regardless of experience.

To be delivered and facilitated by Behaviour Change Training (BCT) once more, this course will focus on skills development and encourage you to reflect on current practice. It is scheduled to begin in January, and will consist of 2 x online learning modules and 3 x facilitated workshops.


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