Primary Care Placements

It's important that NHS careers adapt to evolving patient and population needs. Ninety per cent of consultations happen in primary care. Quality primary care placements are therefore key to engaging new talent and building the multidisciplinary workforce of the future.

Newly established Extended Primary Care Networks (EPCN) will provide an opportunity for placements to be offered at scale, creating multi-professional learning environments.

Placements in East Kent


Like all placements, apprenticeships play an important role in securing the primary care workforce of the future. Apprenticeships, organised via the available pathways, can help primary care networks and practices to meet organisational and service needs and can develop new and existing staff.

What are the different types of apprenticeships? Apprenticeships are available for non-clinical and clinical roles from level 2 to 8. Examples include Business Administration (level 2-5), Health Care Assistant (level 2-3), Nursing Associate (level 5), Nursing Degree (level 6) and Advanced Clinical Practitioner (level 7). Search apprenticeship standards. Want help organising an apprenticeship?
The following documents and websites provide extra information: You can also contact the East Kent Primary Care Workforce Leads for support with apprenticeships.

Work experience

East Kent Training Hub believes that great work experience placements can spark an interest in a career in primary care. We support organisations to host work experience placements and see this as vital to securing tomorrow's workforce. For young people, placements can provide important exposure to a range of roles, helping shape their ambitions. What are the different types of work experience? There are different ways to organise work experience, whether it's via Medstart Plus, pre-employment programmes or practice-organised work experience. You can host students in your non-clinical team, for example with reception, practice managers, the medical secretary or prescription clerk; or in the clinical team, with the practice nurse, health care assistant, paramedic, clinical pharmacist, physician associate or GP. Want help organising a placement? The Work Experience Policy and Work Experience Handbook provide information. You can also contact email the East Kent Primary Care Workforce Leads for support with placements.

Placements for pre-registration students

Showcasing primary care as the ideal place to work at the pre-registration stage supports recruitment of the multi-disciplinary clinical workforce of the future. Placements in primary care can help build understanding of the patient journey and wider factors influencing health and wellbeing.

What are the different types of placements for pre-registration students?
There are many placements available to pre-registration students, including Medical Student, Nursing, Nursing Associate, Physician Associate, Paramedic, Pharmacy, Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy placements. Supportive education packs Want help organising a placement?

Traditional placements are coordinated by local Higher Education Institutes: Christ Church University, Greenwich University and University of Kent.

Regulatory bodies standards:

Please use the below contacts:

Placements for post-registration students

Placements for post-registration students help to shape the workforce for the future.

What are the types of placement? Placements vary from organised blocks (similar to those offered to pre-registration students) to individually tailored placements for employees undertaking additional learning. These may be outside of the employer or delivered by another organisation. Examples placements include: Paramedic Practitioners, Clinical Pharmacists, Advanced Clinical Practitioners and FY2 Doctors. Need help with organising a placement? For help with organising placements please contact Health Education England KSS.

Need help with hosting placements?

East Kent Training Hub can help provide support, guidance and signposting to enable you to host placements within your practice or across your primary care network. Please get in touch if you want any support, advice or help with organising a placement.

Clinical Leadership in Commissioning (CLIC Rotational Scheme)

The GP Clinical Leadership in Commissioning (CLIC) rotational scheme is an innovative integrated GP training post (ITP) that has been used for a number of years, and features across many areas in Health Education England Kent Surrey Sussex (HEE KSS). ITPs have been integrated within ST 1 and 2 primary care rotations, (Rickenbach et al, 2006). Educationally, they are an extension of the educational placement for trainees that are a regular part of the GP placement (such as attending an outpatient clinic, community clinic, or public health department). Previously, they have consisted of a combination of GP Trainer employed and hosted posts, or part placement (and employment) in a GP Training Practice and part placement in a hospital or community clinic post.

The CLIC rotation is a 4 month module (GP training scheme placement) that comprises of 5 clinical sessions within a GP practice and 2 days within the commissioning activity. See further information here

Fellowship Programme

HEEKSS is pleased to announce the launch of the 2020-21 Post CCT Fellowship programmes The Fellowship programme aims to develop GPs able to apply expert knowledge drawn their clinical field of study to lead the development and implementation of health care services whilst being supported in the development of their academic capability. To support the development of the programme Fellows will be expected to:

Work with their host Practice and HEEKSS to encourage other areas (regionally and nationally) to develop similar initiatives

Develop enhanced services locally

Develop ways in which Primary Care services may respond differently to support the integrated care agenda

Establish a working relationship with those more widely involved in community-based approaches to their area of clinical interest

Share their own Primary Care skills during their attachments

Learn / enhance practical skills and interventions

Develop multi-professional learning opportunities across primary and secondary care

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MedStart4U Taster Days 2020

We are pleased to inform you that East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust will be running the MedStart4U Taster Days again in 2020. Click here for more information and how you can get involved.

The EKHUFT website has now been updated but application forms will not be available until 3rd February.

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Developing multi professional, practice learning

Canterbury Christ Church University works alongside colleagues to continually develop opportunities for practice learning in Primary Care across a wide range of clinical programmes. As healthcare is increasingly delivered in Primary Care, we are committed to respond to changes and contribute to improved recruitment of newly qualified professionals. This will require change through increasing placements within both, Primary Care and community settings.

Changes to professional body standards and curricula have enabled further opportunities for practice learning in Primary Care across many programmes. We are able to adopt flexible approaches and open opportunities to develop practice learning in new and exciting ways. The Kent and Medway Medical School provides further opportunities as the curricula includes placements in Primary Care year one and year two. Our programmes encourage interprofessional learning and to this end we are keen that practices support all learners studying professional programmes.

Canterbury Christ Church University supports the development of practice learning with dedicated roles that support both students and practice staff. As Senior Lecturers in Practice Learning we welcome the opportunity to discuss this further.

For West and North Kent practices, please contact Sarah Pye

For practices in East Kent please contact Ria Baker

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