Advance Training Practices
This is an aspirational model that Health Education England operating in the West Midlands are working towards.
What are they?
They are a practice or group of practices accredited to provide undergraduate and post-graduate multi-professional training placements. We now have 100 practices involved in the Scheme.
They have an integrated learning ethos which:
- Sees education, training and development as a core part of everyday work
- Encourages integrated learning both inter-professionally and between learners at different stages of their learning journey
- Support the involvement of neighbouring practices and community services in being engaged in training and developing the future workforce.
What do they do?
- Provide practice training placements that offer opportunities for learners to develop the competencies needed to work effectively in primary and community care settings
- Develop internal placement timetables that enable integrated learning opportunities
- Contribute to the regional practice placement provision within primary and community settings.
- Engage with regional placement timetables to enable integrated learning opportunities
- Contract with Health Education West Midlands to provide practice placements (Learning and Development Agreement)
- Enable Patient and Public involvement in healthcare education
- Work in partnership with academic staff to monitor and ensure quality of placement
- A group of practices may develop as a local network, either as a consortium or in a hub-and-spoke model, for the provision of placements within primary and community settings
- A group of practices as a local network may support trainers through: mentorship; problem solving; CPD opportunities; administration of the placements
What are the benefits from this?
- More practices engaged in training the future primary and community care workforce
- A robust infrastructure for the provision and support of quality assured placements for medical and healthcare students
- Interprofessional learning and working becomes embedded in primary care
- More medical and non-medical accredited placements available
- A future workforce completing their training competent to work in primary and community care
- A future workforce with greater understanding of the roles of colleagues through inter-professional learning
- Greater opportunity to ensure an appropriately training workforce for the implementation of services to support national policy and demographic trends
- Robust partnerships between placement providers and educational institutions (HEI’s and Medical Schools)
What are the differences between now and with Advanced Training Practices?
- Increased capacity of practice placements within primary care
- Ability of ATP to influence the development of related curricula
- Involvement in forecasting future workforce needs within their own organisation and the wider health community
- There will be a greater range of high quality training placements for non-medical trainees
- Interdisciplinary working and training opportunities will be described in each placement
- Gaining an understanding of how primary care works – its ethos and culture will be a learning objective for all placements
- Quality Markers:
- Each placement will have an identified practice based administrator who will be responsible for the learners timetable
- Each learner will have an identified practice based educationalist who will offer regular teaching sessions and will be responsible for the learning programme.