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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.

PLT poster v3 (1)

Clinical areas of focus

The first PLT session was held in January 2019, and since then the events have hosted dozens of different workshops led by clinicians covering various different areas of work in primary care. Keynote speeches have also been delivered on topics such as adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), end of life care and sepsis.

To date workshops have covered areas such as:

Child and Adolescent Mental Health



Tips from the coroner


Maternal mental health


Online consulting

Cancer screening

Liver function tests

Sexual health


Back pain management

Suicide prevention

Digital engagement

Wound care

Fertility problems

Antibiotic prescribing

Prescribing safety

Breast cancer

Healthy Child Programme

Faecal Immunochemical Test


Urinary Tract Infections

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.

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




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

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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