Community Education Provider Networks
Community Education Provider Networks (CEPNs) are partnerships of primary care organisations working together to coordinate education and support workforce planning. The networks are a new way of developing the primary care workforce in response to today’s health agenda.
CEPNs provide a model for system leadership and infrastructure that individual services would be unable to manage and sustain. The CEPN enables shared learning and dissemination of best practice around the needs of local populations. This model of collaboration is one of the recommendations of The Future of Primary Care – Creating Teams for Tomorrow report published by the Primary Care Workforce Commission in July 2015 and the Building The Workforce – The New Deal for the General Practice action plan published by NHS England, Health Education England and the British Medical Association GPs committee in January 2015.
There are three CEPNs in the South West which align with the Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships (STPs); Cornwall and Isles of Scilly CEPN, Devon CEPN and Somerset CEPN.
Their core functions are to:
- 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 and community settings through the development of multi-professional educators and the 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.
Each Community Education Provider Networks (CEPN) in the South West represents a system wide approach. The networks consist of a range of primary and community care providers and stakeholders including representatives from GP Provider Federations, community services providers, general practice education providers, Local Pharmacy Committees, Local Medical Committees, Local Pharmacy Networks, Community Interest Companies, Higher Education Institutions, GP Deans, primary care commissioners and Public Health.
We are working in collaboration with Health Education England on a programme of work from April 2016 until March 2018 to establish the CEPNs in the South West. The CEPNs will be self-supporting and directing on completion of the programme.
Community Education Provider Networks (CEPNs) in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, Devon and Somerset are set out to achieve:
Joined up infrastructure
- Network development – governance, systems and processes
Workforce planning for the future
- Understand the challenges and implications of place-based plans
- Reliable workforce data; baseline profile and skills mix
Increased education capability and capacity
- Increased number of mentors and sharing resources
- Additional community training placements - including those for pre-qualified nursing students
- Support network for educators
Consistent education quality
- Quality control for placements
- Agreement on the evaluation process of education provision
Combined negotiating power
Focus on non-medical workforce
- Managing and supporting education provision, including training for Practice Managers, Practice Administration and Reception staff
Developing new roles to support new ways of working
- Physician Associates, Clinical Pharmacist roles and mental health roles within practices
Transforming workforce development
- Local coordination of opportunities
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