Primary Care continues to be a priority area. The GP Primary Care Workforce Strategy was agreed in 2014.
Advanced Training Practice (ATP) Strategy implementation plan is on target and has delivered further increases to the number of undergraduate General Practice (GP) based learning placements for undergraduate nurses.
Clinical Healthcare Apprenticeship Scheme
General practice is well aware of the many and varied workforce challenges that it faces; with an increasing workload, GPs retiring early, the reduced popularity of general practice as a career choice and the huge retirement risk due to the high number of experienced nurses aged over 55. Some practices are starting to reshape their workforce by increasing the number of healthcare assistants (HCAs) to alleviate pressures on already stretched nursing teams. We are keen to promote an expansion of the HCA workforce within primary care and we are running a second year of this successful scheme; enabling practices to increase their clinical healthcare support workforce through the use of apprenticeships. It is essential that practices have HCAs that are competent and consistently trained. Previously there had not been a dedicated training package available that is tailored to primary care. This scheme will be locally co-ordinated by the Advanced Training Practice hubs to ensure consistent regional access. For more information, please contact Sharon Simister, Project Co-ordinator email@example.com
GPN Ready Scheme
General Practice Nurses (GPNs) need support and development when they first work in a primary care environment. They need to consolidate their skills, practice working independently and with a great deal of autonomy, and formulate a development plan that will start them on their journey to a long and productive career in one of the key (and growing) parts of the healthcare economy. Supporting the development of a new nurse to be ‘GPN ready’ is crucial and within Yorkshire and the Humber we have a new scheme to incentivise and encourage this important development work. This scheme will be locally co-ordinated by the Advanced Training Practice hubs to ensure consistent regional access. For more information, please contact Sharon Simister, Project Co-ordinator firstname.lastname@example.org
Advanced Clinical Practitioner (ACP)
A Task and Finish Group has produced a template job description (see document at the bottom of the page) and person specification for stakeholders to use when appointing ACPs in the workplace. This links directly with the work of the Advanced Practice workstream.
The database now has data from over 350 practices in Yorkshire and the Humber and is being used to show staff roles, FTE, age profiles, risks and opportunities and more for general practices in our area. For more details about this work please contact email@example.com or you can download the GP Tool Flyer (see document at the bottom of the page) for more information.
A GP Platform has been developed, initial materials for GP staff will include statutory and mandatory training for clinical and non clinical areas.