Integrated care training

Integrated care training is arguably the most important aspect of delivering integrated care. This is both training around what integrated care is and doing joint training with different professionals. important part. Great West Road Locality we are exploring joint training for our integrated care team. We outline the Community education provider network below, along with an outline of the plan for the next steps over the next year.

What are Community Education Provider Networks?

What are Community Education Provider Networks?

CEPNs are designed to improve the quality and localisation of education for health professionals. They empower community organisations to work with higher educational institutions not only to assess workforce training needs and expand capacity for training in the community but also to innovate in the field of training and deliver multi-professional training. Integrated care training can achieve this.

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 protoype CEPNs

Four prototype CEPNs were established to test the concept during the summer looking at a number of different areas. These were: addressing community nursing capacity; inter-professional 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. 

Here is an infographic which summarises the report

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Next steps for Great West Road Locality

Explore how population (locality) based Integrated care training actually works in the Great West Road Multidisciplinary Group. This group 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 involved in a particular patient’s 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 to 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.

There’s another area which would be helpful. That is patient education, where there is more of a dialogue of equals, i.e. Using a socratic (questioning) / counselling rather than didactic model of teaching.

Another interesting framework/toolkit is that of Investors In People, where the learning needs of an organisation, and the strategy, are aligned – potentially useful for localities. They have lots of useful guidance and templates

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