Improving our primary and community care workforce through education and training

Since 2016 we’ve been working to increase opportunities for our workforce to educate and train by being the local co-ordinator for workshops and courses.

What is a CEPN?

A Community Education Provider Network (CEPN) is a partnership of primary care organisations working together to support workforce planning and coordinate education and training of local communities across health and social care. CEPNs provide a model for system leadership that individual services would be unable to manage and sustain in isolation. They are commissioned by Health Education England (HEE).

About Somerset CEPN

Somerset Community Education Provider Network (SCEPN) was set up in 2016. Our job is to help improve the capabilities and capacity of the workforce in primary and community care through increased education and training opportunities for individuals and teams across professional and organisational boundaries.  At SCEPN we believe that the workforce is the main asset of the NHS in Somerset and that workforce education and training are the major levers for sustaining and improving the quality of patient care.

What we do

  • Support workforce planning and development to respond to local needs and enable the redesign of services within primary care and the community.
  • Improve education capability and capacity in primary care and community settings through the development of multi-professional educators and creation of additional training placements.
  • Improve education quality and governance and act as a local coordinator of education and training for primary and community care.

How SCEPN can help the workforce

We believe we can use education as a real lever for change and help the existing primary care and community care workforce feel more confident and capable and help develop the new style of workforce that is necessary to meet the demands and challenges we face. Somerset CEPN will work in all localities, across a wide range of primary health and care employers and providers of education.

How work is funded

Somerset CEPN has received funding from HEE for 2018/19 to support the primary and community care workforce to support system transformation in line with the Somerset Sustainability and Transformation Partnership’s (STP’s) workforce priorities.

We will be commissioning and organising multi-professional workshops, providing education and training for all workers in primary and community care.

We will achieve this by working primarily with the Somerset GP Education Trust (SGPET), recognising them as the major provider of education activities for practice nurses and GPs in Somerset, but also working with a wide range of other education providers.

Education events

Details of education events being held can be found on the Somerset GP Education Trust website, under courses. Events specifically being run by SCEPN will have this in the title of the event and will state if there is a fee. SGPET events are run for Somerset GP Practices.