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May 2022

We are delighted to announce that following a successful tender and contract award from Health Education England, a new collaborative from this point forward will be delivering the HEE Training Hub contract consisting of Alexin Healthcare, Health Education Derbyshire and General Practice Task Force (GPTF) Ltd. GPTF has a long track history of retention, resilience, wellbeing and education which will sit alongside the work that HED have developed around educational placements, apprenticeships, workforce planning and careers as well as offering funding for accredited training.

We are sure you will agree that there are many opportunities and benefits for general practice in delivering primary care workforce needs, as well as streamlining the oversight of project and programme planning from two boards into one collaborative board. GPTF and HED (hosted by Alexin) will remain individual entities with appropriate governance for now. What you will see over the coming months is an increase in joint working and communications in the coming months which will provide greater clarity for you and your teams.

Core Functions by March 2020

The contribution Training Hubs have made, particularly in responding to local future workforce needs through the expansion of training placements, has been acknowledged: such that they are now included in the Long Term Plan and referenced in the new GP contract. HEE and NHSE will be working in collaboration to develop shared understanding of how these functions are delivered and what level of support is required. 

 It has been noted that there has been variation in both their levels of maturity and adoption of workstreams.  The significant investment from HEE requires the appropriate governance and accountability and evidence of delivery. 

 With a significant investment in Training Hubs, their existing functions will be built on to provide a consistent England wide offer to include: 

 1. Further development and expansion of placement capacity to create innovative and highquality clinical placements for all learners to meet the workforce needs of “the place” in line with the Long Term Plan: thus, maximising the effective use of educational resources across the network.

 2. In addition to the continuation of the role in supporting understanding of workforce planning, assisting in the co-ordination and realisation of the health and social care workforce across the STP/ ICS system.

3. Support recruitment of the primary care workforce through:

 Developing, expanding and enhancing recruitment of multi-professional educators together with developing their capabilities to support the delivery of high-quality clinical learning placements and high-quality teaching and learning environments.

 Supporting the development and realisation of educational programmes to develop the primary/ community care workforce at scale to address identified population health needs, support service re-design and the delivery of integrated care (through, for example, rotational placements and integrated educational programmes of learning). 

 4 Enable, support and embed “new roles” within primary care.

 5. Supporting the retention of the primary care workforce across all key transitions including promoting primary care as an employment destination to students, through schools and higher education institutions.

 6. Enable both workforce planning intentions and placement co-ordination through the active management of clinical placement tariffs – moving towards “place-based tariffs”.