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Community Education Provider Networks (CEPNs)

Community Education Provider Networks (CEPNs or Training Hubs) are a new way of developing the primary care workforce in response to today’s health agenda.  It works to improve recruitment and retention of GPs and the wider general practice team, and develop innovative solutions to the challenges faced by primary care.

These are intended to give greater control over commissioning, distribution and funding of education and training placements in primary care and the community.   Health Education England has a role in planning the future workforce and translating this into commissioning undergraduate and postgraduate training working with Higher Education Institutes (universities and colleges or HEIs) and employers.   Health Education England will increasingly work with CEPNs to finance placements in primary and community care and provide advanced training opportunities for existing staff.

Community Education Provider Network is an organisation within an organisation (the host body) typically a Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), GP Federation or Out Of Hours Provider (OOP). They connect employers across a locality with HEE and HEIs providing a network with fivemain responsibilities:

  • Workforce Planning
  • Training and Education
  • Growing your own staff
  • Future sustainability
  • Collaboration

Ten CEPNs haven been commissioned in the West Midlands in November 2015 covering a large proportion of the West Midlands with potential to expand all West Midlands CCG areas. Funding will be provided for 3 years with a view to be self-sustainable in year 4.

CEPNs are tasked with encouraging opportunities for employers and health professionals to learn and train together. This is in all areas including clinical, managerial and leadership but also new system transformation across the primary, community and secondary divide to make care seamless and where appropriate, closer to home.


CEPNs across the West Midlands

The following sites have been successful in their bid to establish the CEPN (Training Hubs) these are listed below:

Taurus Healthcare

Main Contact: Nikki Marriott



South Warwickshire GP Ltd

Main Contact:Jon Moll



Coventry and Rugby GP Alliance

Main Contact: Michelle Horn



Worcestershire CEPN

Main Contact: Adam Cole


Project Manager: Louise Folkes



Sandwell and West Birmingham CCG

Main Contact:Lisa Maxfield


Second Contact: Leon Mallett


Project Manager: Alyson Hall



South Doc Services Ltd

Main Contact: Dr Jayne Tullett


Project Manager: Sylviann Thorpe







Future Proof Health

Main Contact:Kevin Dawes


Project Manager: Anthony Skilbeck



Walsall Alliance

Main Contact: Dr Anu Muniyappa


Project Manager: Waheed Saleem



GP First

Main Contact:Dr Ian Greaves


Project Manager: Angela Lindsay




Main Contact: Dr Russell Muirehead


Project Manager: Sara Edwards







Next Steps

Of crucial importance is the value of the wider primary care distributed networks supported by CEPNs which can deliver solutions to population and patient needs.

HEE intends to support each locality to optimise local educational possibilities through a locally controlled CEPN.

For further information on: Funding for CEPNs, Governance and Central KPIs please view the CEPN Guidance document.

Find out more about the national training hubs programme and other training hubs’ work through the national page.


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