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 Plans (STP); 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.