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Design Principles

In April 2013 Health Education England issued a call for proposals to develop Community Education Provider Networks.


Four prototype CEPNs were funded to test different models of delivery.

An early independent review took place in October that has helped Health Education England in South London to develop some core CEPN design principles. These building blocks will help CEPNs to reach the potential milestones that one might expect if a CEPN is developed over a two year period.

  • The key function of a CEPN is to support the delivery of a workforce capable of meeting the needs of a local population’s health and improving clinical outcomes.
  • CEPNs are ‘groups of primary and community care organisations that come together with partners as a group of like-minded organisations to collaborate with regard to workforce, education and training’.
  • CEPNs work at borough level to design, shape and deliver educational programmes for workforce development.
  • CEPNs need the support of established educational and service networks to discharge their functions.
  • Key levers for the development of CEPNs include management, financial and legal, and educational governance arrangements.
  • Higher education institutes (HEIs) and academic health science networks (AHSNs) are key partners in facilitating the development of CEPNs. In South London, the AHSN is the health innovation network.

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