Our Projects

Somerset CEPN are working in collaboration with partners, to deliver projects which address the five domains of the Health Education England STAR workforce tool.

Health Education England STAR Workforce Tool

This year (2018/19) Somerset CEPN has been allocated funding from HEE to support general practice and primary care Workforce Transformation, in line with the Somerset’s Strategic Transformation Partnership (STP’s) workforce priorities.

We believe we can use education as a real lever for change and help the existing workforce feel more confident and capable to meet the challenges ahead. As such, we are working with the Somerset Local Workforce Action Board (LWAB), the CCG and STP workforce planning leads to deliver a range of projects.

These projects each address one of the 5 domains of the HEE STAR Workforce Tool – a tool designed to help providers understand their workforce requirements and also provide a range of potential solutions.

SCEPN will continue to provide a host of multi professional training and education events, details of which can be found on the Somerset GP Education Trust website, under courses.

Our Projects

SUPPLY

YOUNG PEOPLE WORKING IN HEALTH & SOCIAL CARE

Our aim is to increase the number of young people in Somerset choosing future careers in Health and Care by:

  • Introducing a Health Award Scheme to Somerset schools and academies.
  • Setting up teams to support careers fairs increasing the number of work experience places in primary care.
  • Working with and coordinating with other health trusts, social care providers, proud to care and education authorities.

APPRENTICESHIPS AND STUDENT PLACEMENTS

We are working to increase the number of student placements and apprenticeships in general practice and primary care for all relevant professional groups by:

  • Building on the workforce survey and working alongside the CC.
  • Working with university placement coordinators supporting practice managers and practice nurse leads.
  • Ensuring access to information, education and support.

RECRUITMENT, RETENTION AND RETURN OF GPNs & GPs INTO GENERAL PRACTICE

SCEPN is supporting SGPET’s activities to provide an increasing range of accessible, relevant and developmental educational activities, for GPs and GPNs, including:

  • Mandatory training, extending scope of practice and leadership training.
  • Enhanced peer support and professional and career development.
  • Working with the Somerset GP Training Programme.
  • Provide funding to extend the Somerset Safehouse offering support for GPNs.

UPSKILLING

NEW ROLES

NEW WAYS OF WORKING

SUPPORT EVERY MEMBER OF THE WORKFORCE TO DEVELOP SKILLS AND THE EXTEND SCOPE OF WORK

In collaboration with others, we will deliver and commission educators and providers to offer a wide range of educational activities e.g. study half days for HCAs from general practice and social care homes, peer support workshops for pharmacists in patient facing roles, frailty workshops etc.

Our full range of activities can be viewed at www.somersetgpeducationtrust.co.uk

SUPPORT NEW TYPES OF CLINICAL WORKER IN GENERAL PRACTICE

SCEPN is working with the LMC and SGPET to inform, catalyse and support the introduction of new, additional patient-facing and clinical roles in the general practice and primary care workforce by:

  • Informing, enabling and supporting practices to explore the benefits of new roles.
  • Providing resources and funds to enable free access to SGPET educational programmes for staff undertaking these new roles.
  • Working with a variety of education providers, HEE, LWAB and the CCG to ensure all workers have access to formal education and training to enable them to extend their scope of practice.

MULTI PROFESSIONAL LEARNING

This project includes a set of workstreams which will involve the development of an integrated workforce culture and practices in primary and community care in ways that break through system barriers, to work co-operatively, creatively and efficiently to deliver person centred care. In particular activities will involve:

  • Multi professional learning.
  • Integrated care in localities.
  • Innovative models and pathways.
  • 10 High Impact Actions.

LEADERSHIP

LEADERSHIP AND CHANGE MANAGEMENT IN GENERAL PRACTICE

Somerset CEPN is committed to supporting individuals, organisations and systems in their leadership development and is excited to be launching a Leadership and Organisational Development Programme across general practice in coordination with the Somerset Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP).

The programme will aim to:

  • Develop the necessary skills, behaviours and competence to lead change and reduce organisational boundaries.
  • Develop champions in transformational change from within primary care.
  • Create leaders of the future.