PCNs & new ways of working

The health care workforce is increasingly working in new ways to meet the needs of our patients and professionals regardless of roles or settings in primary and community care settings.

East Kent Training Hub’s priority is to support the newer initiatives of collaborative multi-disciplinary working that will be underpinned by the PCN development. By doing so we ensure safer transitions and development of innovative means of care delivery. We aim to increase the training capacity and capability across all our emerging Primary Care Networks for all professional roles to support undergraduates' as well as established practitioners' continuing professional development.


We map the existing workforce, planned service development plans and future workforce needs in partnership with NHS, Health Education England, STP, local Clinical Commissioning Groups and other partnering trusts.

How we support new ways of working


Building your multidisciplinary teams:

a guide to new and enhanced roles in Primary Care

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Multi-disciplinary leadership training

The East Kent Primary Care Network Cluster Programme is a six-month training programme for primary care leaders across East Kent. The training gives participants a chance to grow, develop, and strengthen their leadership capabilities; providing them with practical, applied and contextualised learning. Each training cohort is selected and to be considered for this course you must be nominated by your practice. For more information, please email ek@eastkenttraininghub.org.

Network based workflow optimisation training

This training supports administrative staff to read, file and action clinical correspondence; releasing clinical staff from unnecessary tasks. Clinical correspondence management is typically undertaken per practice, but East Kent Training Hub in partnership with Practice Unbound, has facilitated this function to be carried out centrally on behalf of multiple practices. This new way of working is currently being piloted in Herne Bay, Faversham and Deal and is a great example of practices coming together to share resources and work collaboratively. For more information, email ek@eastkenttraininghub.org.

Emerging Roles

A typical patient with multiple conditions or needs requires a multi-professional approach within the primary care setting. This means the occurance of new roles in primary care. At the same time, we are seeing new teams emerge such as the Home Visiting Teams, and Acute Response Team. East Kent Training Hub is developing tailored training to help embed these new roles. The below role matrix shows how emerging roles operate in a primary care setting:

About Advanced Clinical Practitioners

Practitioners that are caring for patients with undifferentiated, undiagnosed conditions should meet the HEE Multiprofessional Framework for Advanced Clinical Practice in England 2017 or be working towards this. The framework consists of four pillars that underpin clinical practice: clinical practice, leadership & management, education and research. There is more information for employees, employers and commissioners on the ACP Toolkit. Applications to undertake individual modules of the Canterbury Christchurch University ACP course should follow the continuing professional development process, as described on the Professional Development page. Credentialling Nurses who feel they meet the HEE Multiprofessional Framework can apply to credentialise via the the Royal College of Nursing.

About Paramedic Prescribers

The purpose of paramedic independent prescribing is to support and enhance the delivery of care for patients in a range of practice settings. This is aimed at providing high quality care for patients in a way that is safe and promotes choice. Download practice guidance for paramedic independent and supplementary prescribers.

Fellowships and New to Practice Programme

BJGP Research Conference

Evaluating interprofessional education: initial learning from a domestic abuse conference Background The importance of multi-agency working to identify, prevent and reduce domestic abuse is widely recognised. Interprofessional learning opportunities can provide a supportive learning environment for multi-agency practitioners to explore and develop collaborative approaches to improve health outcomes for vulnerable children, young people and their families. Participants drawn from Kent GP trainees, student Health Visitors, School Nurses, Midwives, Social Workers, student Teachers and Special Educational Needs Coordinators (SENCOs), and postgraduate Police Officers attended this sixth annual conference. Aim To enable participants to understand why domestic abuse is a serious public health issue; identify indicators of domestic violence and abuse; identify opportunities for safe enquiry and know how to respond; critically reflect on ethical, legal, professional and interprofessional challenges for practitioners; and reflect on and explore opportunities for inter-professional working. Method Multi-disciplinary educators delivered formal presentations and facilitated interprofessional workshops. Data from anonymised pre- and post- conference questionnaires distributed on the day, included quantitative questions using a Likert scale 1–5 and open and closed qualitative questions. Results In total, 75 out of a possible 121 participants completed both questionnaires (62%). The above aims were all met. In all questions participants gave higher scores after the conference indicating increased levels of knowledge and confidence. The qualitative comments highlighted the learning benefits from interprofessional group work. 100% (average score 4.5) agreed that facilitators fostered a supportive learning environment. Conclusion The conference provided a highly valued opportunity for useful interprofessional learning about domestic abuse. Results indicated that it increased participants’ knowledge and confidence about their own and others’ roles and responsibilities. Cheryl Yardley, Christchurch Canterbury University Karen Hynes, Christchurch Canterbury University Andrew Charley, Health Education England Kent, Surrey & Sussex Sari Sirkia-Weaver, Christchurch Canterbury University Julie Critcher, Medway NHS Trust Lorna Hughes, Christchurch Canterbury University Emma Banks, Kent Police Jane Arnott, Christchurch Canterbury University Tim Woodhouse, Kent County Council Anne Lyttle, Rising Sun Domestic Violence & Abuse Service Address for correspondence Andrew Charley, Health Education England Kent, Surrey & Sussex Email: a.charley@nhs.net Full content and edition here https://bjgp.org/content/70/suppl_1/bjgp20X710465#sec-20

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