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Wessex Community Education Provider Network (CEPN)

The Health Education England (HEE) CEPN in Wessex will provide a focus for training and development of the primary and community care workforce. The aim is to provide sustainable development and transformation of this workforce in order to meet the changing focus in delivery of health care as described in the Forward View (HEE 2014)


In order to address primary care workforce issues, NHS England (NHS Eng), Health Education England (HEE), the General Practitioners Committee (GPC) and the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) produced a collaborative, ten point GP workforce action plan. This plan focusses on three main areas of improvement – recruitment, doctor retention, and support for returning doctors. Within ‘recruitment', point 3 of the GP 10 Point Plan addresses the concept of training hubs.

NHS England will invest in the development of pilot training hubs, where groups of GP practices can offer inter-professional training to primary care staff, extending the skills base within general practice and developing a workforce which can meet the challenge of new ways of working (NHS England 2015).

NHS England refers to these as 'training hubs'; local areas across Wessex will have their own names for these training hubs, for example ‘The Primary Care Workforce Centre’ in Dorset.

NHS England is investing in the development of these training hubs, collaborative networks of service and education providers working together across a geographical footprint with the shared purpose of creating the right workforce to meet the delivery of population health outcomes and meet the challenge of new ways of working.

The GP Forward View (NHS England, 2016) published April 2016 by NHS Eng and the Royal College of General Practice restates the commitment to invest in multidisciplinary hubs across the country to support the development of the wider workforce within general practice, including placements in general practices and development for current staff and workforce planning.

Vision for Wessex Primary Care and Community Provider Education Networks

HEE Wessex will be working to the footprints of the existing four GP patches in HEE Wessex to build Primary Care and Community Provider Education Networks. These networks (the “training hubs”) will consist of groups of general practice working together to provide an out of hospital learning and development environment. The purpose of the networks is to support delivery of training and education based on population needs, and support prevention, self-care, and integrated care.  

The Wessex GP school patches will continue to co-ordinate and lead medical training for GP registrars and on-going continuous professional development for the GP workforce; however there will be close joint working with the networks as they develop. 

Working to the footprints of the four patch offices in HEE Wessex School of General Practice, each locality will have a ‘learning environment lead’ (LEL) – a healthcare professional who will lead and support the development of the Primary Care and Community Provider Education Network. The special interests of the LELs will reflect the areas of:

  • Registered Nurses
  • Allied Health Professionals
  • Clinical Pharmacists
  • Bands 1-4 (non-registered workforce)
  • Public Health

These networks will be supported to develop into a system that is able to offer inter-professional development for primary care staff and other local providers, and clinical practice placements for non-medical workforce to ensure sustainable development of a multi-professional primary care workforce.


  • Develop supportive training for the multi-professional workforce to support behaviour change in primary care through the spectrum of primary health prevention through to complex care planning and self-management
  • Establish of primary care learning sets to enable multi-professional learning, and drive a culture of service improvement and continuous development
  • Facilitate the development of innovative roles in primary care
  • Embed a nursing career pathway for both the support workforce and registered nurses
  • Expand clinical and non-clinical apprenticeships in primary care settings
  • Develop innovative primary care practice experiences for a range of pre-registration health professionals
  • Improved supply and demand information to underpin primary care workforce planning

Contact Details and Resources

  • The development of Primary Care and Community Provider Education Networks in Wessex is being led by Sue Clarke, Head of Workforce and Education, South Eastern Hampshire CCG; if you have any questions or would like further information please contact her on: susan.clarke17@nhs.net
  • Primary Care pharmacy generic job descriptions can be found on the Primary Care Pharmacy Association website
  • Documents can be found in the Related Documents section below.

Wessex Community Education Provider Networks (Health Education England’s (HEE) Training Hub in Wessex) Learning Environment Team.

From left to right:

  • Helen Baker, Portsmouth and Isle of Wight CEPN, Learning Environment Lead (LEL) Pharmacy
  • Ian Winkworth, Mid Wessex CEPN, LEL Nursing
  • Annette Farrell, Dorset Primary Care Workforce Centre CEPN, LEL Band 1-4
  • Mandy Pike, Southampton and New Forest CEPN, LEL Allied Health Professionals
  • Pippa Stupple, Wessex CEPN Acting Programme Director for General Practice Nursing
  • Front row - Fable (honorary canine LEL Southampton and New Forest CEPN)

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