Collaborative training for the integrated care team

In Great West Road Locality we are exploring joint training for our integrated care team. Community education provider network is outlined below, along with a outline of the plan for next steps over the next year.

What are Community Education Provider Networks?

CEPNs are designed to improve the quality and localisation of education for health professionals. They aim to empower community organisations to work with higher educational institutions to assess workforce training needs, expand capacity for training in the community, innovate in the field of training and deliver multi-professional training.

A review into early progress shows that stakeholders are positive about their potential. Although the four CEPN pilots each have a different focus and structure, the perceived benefits of community based networks are common and include a more localised approach to training needs assessment and education provision and shifting the focus from acute to community- based education and care.

Four prototype CEPNs were established to test the concept during the summer looking at a number of different areas such as: addressing community nursing capacity; interprofessional learning in child health; supporting multi-professional training in GP practices ; and creating a network to assess the training needs for staff caring for patients with dementia in community settings. Some early reported successes include:

  • carrying out educational needs assessments using surveys or discussions with local health professionals;
  • running engagement events attending by many different professions to consider local priorities or engaging with GP practices at primary care for practice meetings;
  • setting up training courses for specific cohorts, identified as being in high need locally (such as healthcare assistants or practice nurses);
  • encouraging a small number of nurses working in secondary care to transfer to primary care; and
  • making links with other organisations to fund training or to deliver training.

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Click here to download report by Health Education England on the GP workforce recruitment crisis. There is a similar crisis with other professionals. GP-Taskforce-report

Here is an infographic which summarises the report

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Explore how population (locality) based education and training actually works in Great West Road Multidisciplinary Group, (which consists of acute and mental health consultants, district nurses, pharmacist, social workers and GPs) we identified a learning need for diagnosis of dementia. Discussing a pathway with the healthcare professionals that will be involved in a particular patients care lends itself to better learning, more opportunities for collaboration in the future and better integrated patient care.

Learn more about what is being done elsewhere with CEPNs. There are a few examples in South London.

Carry out an educational / Needs assessment for our locality.

Understand other multidisciplinary team members roles. Explore setting up locality networks work as ‘learning organisations’, where people of different skill mixes & backgrounds can learn from each other as well as external providers.

Mentoring and coaching would be a good way to develop identify as well

as address training needs. We have a lot of very bright people working in our locality- it would be good to encourage them to share their knowledge and experience. Really helpful book, New-Coach-Reflections-learning-Coaching consider job shadowing (need to ensure patient consent).

Develop a competency Framework for the care co-ordinator role.

Consider generic training eg motivational interviewing, listening skills and managing change.

Explore different delivery mechanisims of training. This can be provided in a number of ways, e.g. online, video conferencing, podcasts as well as meetings.

The other area which would be helpful is to have patient education where there is a more a dialogue of equals, i.e. Using a socratic (questioning) / counselling rather than didactic model of teaching.

Another framework / toolkit which may be worth exploring, is that of Investors In People, where the learning needs of an organisation are aligned to the strategy. This could be used for localities. They have lots of useful guidance and templates.