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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.

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