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Protected Learning Time

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Protected Learning Time (PLT) events are peer-led sessions for GPs, Registered Nurses, Health Care Assistants, Allied Health Professionals and Physician Associates from across the Vale of York.

PLT provides an opportunity for healthcare professionals to learn about new clinical developments, updates to national guidance, and best practice whilst also sharing their own experience and knowledge with their peers.

Fundamentally PLT is about improving patient care by providing a dedicated learning time for healthcare professionals away from their busy day-to-day primary care work.

These events takes place four times a year, and will evolve and be tailored to the needs of clinicians. It is delivered in partnership with NHS Vale of York Clinical Commissioning Group and the Academy of Primary Care, part of the Hull and York Medical School.

Upcoming PLT Events



15 September 2022 TBC Face to face
30 November 2022 TBC Virtual
8 March 2023 TBC Face to face

Previous PLT Events

Click on the dates to go to a page containing presentations and information from each of the events.




5 October 2021

2.00 - 5.30pm


6 July 2021

2.00 - 5.30pm


23 April 2021

2.00 - 5.30pm

In Primary Care Networks

15 October 2020

1:30 - 5:45pm


7 July 2020

1.30 - 5.00 pm

Virtual (Zoom)

30 April 2020

Event Cancelled


23 January 2020

Arts and health for wellbeing

1.30 – 5.30pm

York Racecourse, Tadcaster Rd, York

15 October 2019

1.30 – 5.30pm

York Racecourse, Tadcaster Rd, York

3 July 2019

1.30 – 5.30pm

York Racecourse, Tadcaster Rd, York

11 April 2019

1.30 – 5.30pm

York Racecourse, Tadcaster Rd, York

31 January 2019

1.30 – 5.30pm

York Racecourse, Tadcaster Rd, York

What topics have we covered?

The first PLT session was held in January 2019, and since then the events have hosted 8 keynote speakers and 57 different workshops, led by clinicians covering various areas of work in primary care.

In recognition of the difficult winter delivering vaccinations and coping with covid, in April 2021 the PLT was devolved to the Primary Care Networks (PCNs) to focus on staff wellbeing and resilience.


Keynote speakers

  • Sepsis – looking into the seeds of time to say which fevers will grow and which will not, Dr Donald Richardson, Consultant Renal Physician and Associate Medical Director.
  • Addressing Childhood Adversity (ACEs) in Professional Practice, Dr Warren Larkin, Consultant Clinical Psychologist.
  • Palliative and end of life care, Dr Dan Cottingham.
  • Arts and health for wellbeing: community resilience, Dr Nicola Gill.
  • Back to Better, Professor Rebecca Malby.
  • Living with dementia - Damian Murphy and the Mind and Voices group
  • What Dementia can teach us about love, Nicci Gerarrd - Novelist
  • Myron Rogers, Leadership of Living Systems: Changing the Way We Change.

Clinical areas of focus

To date workshops have covered areas such as:

Adverse Childhood Experiences

Faecal Immunochemical Test

Perinatal mental health

Antibiotic prescribing

Fertility problems and IVF

Planetary health

Arts for health and wellbeing

Healthy Child Programme


Avoiding burnout

IAPT and health anxieties

Prescribing safety

Back pain management

Liver function tests

Primary care workforce

Breast cancer

Lower GI 2 week wait

Reducing opiate usage

Cancer screening

Managing weightloss

Resilient practice

Cancer waits and recovery

Maternal mental health



Memory assessment services

Self-care: OTC meds

Colorectal pathway and anaemia


Sexual health

Creative arts for health


Smoking cessation

Dementia pathway

New roles in primary care

Suicide prevention

Dementia diagnosis and support

Nimbuscare – GP providers

Surviving and thriving


Nursing innovation

Tips from the coroner


Nursing recruitment

Urinary Tract Infections

Digital engagement

Online consultations

Wound care

End of Life Care



It is important to us that these events are peer-led to ensure that they are clinically relevant to healthcare professionals and enables them to share their knowledge and experiences for the benefits of patients across the Vale of York.


We have received very positive feedback from attendees across all of our PLT events. At our October PLT 90% of respondents rated the workshops and opening session as either good or very good.

Protected Learning Time videos and interviews

Our full collection of videos and interviews captured at Protected Learning Time events is available here.

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