We provide leadership and guidance for the training of GPs. We are involved in recruitment, programme planning, educational planning/monitoring and provision, and the assessments including panel decision and appeals. We also recommend trainer appointments to the GMC, work with the re-approval system and deal with problems in placements in primary and secondary care when they arise. We have responsibilities for overseeing the GP locality programmes, working with our programme directors and programme managers. We are there to advise on primary care issues for all teams, and to be involved when necessary on educational strategy.
Regional and National Networks
The team links with our college (RCGP), the UK Conference of Postgraduate Education Advisors in General Practice (a national group that has a CPD remit for senior educators), the National Recruitment Office, the General Medical Council, the Committee of General Practice Education Directors (the UK group of GP Deans), the Academy of the Royal Medical Colleges and the National Association of Clinical Tutors, and the British Medical Association.
Membership of these organisations and reference to them informs our policies and gives us the opportunity to calibrate with other areas of NHSE and the other countries in the UK.
We are obviously recruiting and developing NHS workforce. Patient safety is our first priority. We ensure that the doctors in training are of a sufficient standard and sufficiently supervised to ensure that they are learning towards independent practice in a way that is a positive experience for patients.
Our aim is to point out the attractions of the East Midlands as a place to live and work. Our GP training programmes have some locality flavour but are all focussed on the quality of teaching and supporting individual development. When problems arise, we endeavour to have a supportive and developmental approach, so the learner can eventually succeed.
We work with locality workforce groups, practices and clinical commissioning groups to respond to the workforce needs in terms of numbers and variety. The needs of training practices, trusts, educators and other teams within the organisation are always considered. The team is moving in philosophy towards multi-professional working and has been central in facilitating development of the new Community Education Provider Networks.
In responding the workforce needs of the communities, the appropriate spectrum of worker should be provided. We attempt to work efficiently, both in terms of our own team establishment, but also in the cost of our education and training provision.