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supporting primary care

You can find specific programmes hosted by our Training Hubs on the following pages:

North West Training Hubs Programmes

The General Practice Fellowship programme is a national commitment announced in the NHS Long Term Plan, and restated in the February 2020 ‘Update to the GP Contract agreement 2020/21–2023/24’.
It is a two-year programme of support, available to all newly-qualified GPs and nurses working substantively in general practice, with an explicit focus on working within and across a Primary Care Network (PCN).

You can find out more information and how to apply, by going to your local dedicated Fellowship page here:

  • Lancashire & South Cumbria
  • Greater Manchester
  • Cheshire & Merseyside

The Supporting Mentors Scheme is a new commitment from the February 2020 ‘Update to the GP Contract agreement 2020/21–2023/24’, forming part of a suite of interlocking GP recruitment and retention initiatives.

This scheme will enable systems and their primary care networks (PCNs) to upskill their experienced GPs and provide a portfolio working opportunity. The vision is for systems to develop and access a cohort of locally based and highly experienced doctors to support their own more junior doctors.

GPs on the scheme will be provided with funded training, leading to a recognised mentoring qualification. Once trained, GP mentors will be reimbursed to conduct one session of mentoring every week.

You can find out more information and how to apply, by going to your local dedicated Mentorship page here:

  • Lancashire & South Cumbria
  • Greater Manchester
  • Cheshire & Merseyside

Apprenticeships in primary care can be used to develop new and existing staff in both clinical and non-clinical roles. Apprenticeships can be used to develop skills in administration, customer service, and in specialist back-office skills, such as finance and IT.
Apprenticeships are also available for roles such as: 

  • Optical assistants
  • Healthcare assistants
  • Practice Managers
  • Team Leaders
  • Dispensing assistants
  • Dental nurses
  • Dispensing and pharmacist assistants
  • Pharmacy technicians

You can find out more information and how to apply, by going to your local dedicated Apprenticeship page here:

  • Lancashire & South Cumbria
  • Greater Manchester
  • Cheshire & Merseyside

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You can find out more information and how to apply for training opportunities, by going to your local dedicated placements page here:

  • Lancashire & South Cumbria
  • Greater Manchester
  • Cheshire & Merseyside

Personal and professional development helps manage your own learning and growth throughout your career. Continuous learning helps open up new doors in you career, keep your skills and knowledge up to date and ensure you practice safely and legally. 

The NHS offers continuous professional development (CPD) opportunities for all staff at every level.

There are many learning activities that you can take part in ton help your career such as:

  • on-the-job learning
  • courses and workshops
  • volunteering
  • E-learning
Career development and progression

The Knowledge and Skills Framework (KSF) provides opportunities for NHS staff to extend their skills and take on new responsibilities. This could include retraining to move into another area. If you already have a degree, there are graduate entry programmes that you can consider for example

A career in the NHS means you can expect an annual personal development review and plan to support your career progression. It will give you the opportunity to identify any training and development needs with your manager, making it easier to progress through the NHS bands and potentially earn more money.

E-portfolio

An e-portfolio allows you to store and record a collection of evidence to demonstrate the skills you have developed. It is useful for:

  • keeping all your relevant documents together
  • reflecting on your learning
  • recording your career planning in your personal development plan (PDP)
  • preparing for applications and interviews

Find out more about developing a portfolio.

You can find out more information and how to apply, by going to your local dedicated CPD page here:

  • Lancashire & South Cumbria
  • Greater Manchester
  • Cheshire & Merseyside

First Contact Practitioner (FCP) is a new model evolving UK. It involves placing physiotherapists directly into GP practices and to treat patients who come into the clinic with musculoskeletal problems.

You can find out more information and how to apply for training opportunities, by going to your local dedicated FCP page here:

  • Lancashire & South Cumbria
  • Greater Manchester
  • Cheshire & Merseyside

Non-medical prescribing (NMP) is the term used to describe any prescribing completed by a healthcare professional other than a doctor or dentist.

What are the benefits to non-medical prescribing?

NMP has demonstrated patient care and economic benefits. Consequently, investing in NMP is seen as ‘an investment to save’ and encouraging NMP capacity is seen as a vital upskilling priority and features as a key enabler in the planning and delivery of new care models and transforming care.

NMP training can support role and career development by enabling practitioners to take on greater responsibilities for managing patient care. NMP enhances patient care by supporting patients’ timely access to treatment with medicines, enabling choice whilst helping to reduce waiting times, reduce hospital admissions and maximising the wider skills of the healthcare team.

You can find out more information and how to apply for training opportunities, by going to your local dedicated NMP page here:

  • Lancashire & South Cumbria
  • Greater Manchester
  • Cheshire & Merseyside