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Primary Care Workforce Training Hub

Welcome to Caritas Group Practice who are a Primary Care Workforce Training Hub (PCWTH) run in conjunction with Health Education England Yorkshire and Humber (HEEYH).

PCWTH began as a pilot named the Advanced Training Practice Scheme initiated in Yorkshire and the Humber in 2009 to champion inter-professional learning and to create a model for integrated commissioning of primary care training capacity across a number of curricula and for learners at different stages of learning. Caritas has been a part of this project for 9 years and is now a well-established inter-professional learning and teaching unit. The Training Practices provide placements for undergraduate nursing students in general practice. It is hoped that this experience will encourage the consideration of practice nursing careers. The students are trained by mentorship trained practice nurses enabling them to gain valuable experience in this area of nursing. This forms part of their evaluated training and development. As the training is being provided by training practices that place a strong emphasis on medical education and development this enriches the learning environment of the practice.

Caritas Group Practice are also the Primary Care Workforce Training Hub for our area, supporting practices across Calderdale, North Kirklees and Greater Huddersfield to develop nurse mentors, take undergraduate nursing students and train apprentice healthcare assistants and newly qualified nurses.

The scheme is expanding as a Hub and Spoke model with the additional aim to substantially increase the number of undergraduate nurses experiencing general practice and therefore the number who may consider Practice Nursing as a career option. As the PCWT Hub, Caritas Group Practice provides undergraduate teaching/education whilst other GP Practices enroll as a Spoke and offer workplace based experience.

Caritas PCWTH has provided over 7400 student placements days for over 390 students so far. The aim is to double this figure year on year with the Spoke model. The placements have evaluated extremely well and are a testimony to the hard work and professionalism of those taking part. These students will be the nurses of the future so the mentors are fulfilling a pivotal role in shaping their view of practice.

Caritas Group Practice has a strong commitment to education and training and as well as offering placements for nursing students, medical students and trainee nurse associates, we are involved in the coordination of any new schemes which HEE wish to be delivered across our area, such as:-

HCA Apprenticeship – The scheme aims to promote a standardised regional programme to ensure HCAs in general practice have the knowledge and skills required to understand the role they are delegated. The apprenticeship training is designed as an educational development route to support HCAs and has been delivered in partnership with local education providers. It is expected that an apprenticeship will be completed within 12–18 months. Practices that meet a defined set of criteria are eligible to receive bursary funding to support HCAs completing an apprenticeship in clinical healthcare support, primary care specific ‘bolt-on’ modules plus any employer training costs not met by Government funding (i.e. the employers levy payment). Please note that practices will need to employ the HCA Apprentice to access the scheme.

GPN Ready – To assist general practices in taking this step of considering the appointment of a new NMC registered nurse or a return-to-practice nurse, HEE is offering a financial incentive of up to £8k over a two year period for a FTE nurse. The purpose of the incentive was to support the education and training of their new general practice nurse (GPN) over their first two years of employment. Expectations of the scheme included that a practice would develop an educational plan for the new GPN which included attendance an NMC approved mentorship programme (often called Supporting Learning in Practice or SLiP) in year two of their employment. Additionally they have a named appropriate supervisor. DEFINITIONS: Newly qualified means that the nurse has graduated within the last nine months and this will be their first destination post since qualifying. Return-to-Practice (RTP) nurse means they have attended a recognised RTP course and this will be their first destination post since attending the course.

ACP Ready – To assist general practices in taking the step of considering the appointment of a practitioner to train as an ACP, HEE North are offering a Training Grant of £18,000 per annum per post for a maximum of 2 years to cover the training period. MSc – HEE North will pay course fees directly to the chosen University that trainee ACPs attend so they can complete their full MSc award (3 years). This incentive is to be used to support the education and training of a new ACP over their first two years of employment whilst working towards completing the MSc in Advanced Clinical Practice. The scheme is open to the full variety of roles which practices may choose to develop into an ACP, examples include: Registered Nurses developing into an Advanced Nurse Practitioner (ANP), Paramedics, Physiotherapists, Pharmacists.

For further information regarding the PCWTH or the above schemes, please contact:

Michele Bryden – Training & Development Manager 
Tracy Wood – Education & Training Coordinator 

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