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31 January 2019 PLT

On 31 January 2019 we held our inaugural Protected Learning Time event. We were pleased to see over 330 health professionals at the event and we extend our thank to all of you for making it a successful event.


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1.30 pm - Arrival with tea and coffee

2pm - Welcome

  • Dr Nigel Wells, Clinical Chair, NHS Vale of York CCG welcomed everyone to celebrate the initial event as part of a two-year programme of peer-led professional development.
  • Dr Kevin Anderson, Director of Primary Care Education, Academy of Primary Care at Hull York Medical School.

2.15 pm - Key speaker

  • Dr Donald Richardson, Consultant Renal Physician and Associate Medical Director, York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  • Sepsis – looking into the seeds of time to say which fevers will grow and which will not

3.30pm - Coffee and networking

  • Opportunity to chat with peers and share your thoughts about what you would like to gain from future sessions.

4pm – 5.30pm Breakout sessions

Break-out sessions

Burnout in the primary care clinical workforce:

Professor Ian Watt, Professor of Primary Care in the Department of Health Sciences at the University of York and Head of the Centre for Health and Population Sciences at Hull York Medical School

Innovation in managing primary care workload and workforce: Dr Helena Ebbs, NHS Vale of York Governing Body GP representative for the North Locality and GP at Pickering Medical Practice

Assessment, support and available services; focused on both children and young people and adults with dementia: Dr Jeff Clarke Consultant Psychiatrist for the elderly, Emma Hughes (School Wellbeing service) and Angela Casterton (CAMHS)

Managing weight loss in primary care, Tier 3 obesity services and clinical diabetes update: Dr Emma Broughton, GP Lead Primary Care and Population Health at NHS Vale of York CCG and GP at Priory Medical Group

Current initiatives and opportunities around end of life care: Kath Sartain, York Teaching Hospital Foundation Trust

Hot topics adult and children Level 3 safeguarding update training: Safeguarding professionals

Reducing opiate usage and supporting primary care with strategies to manage patients with chronic pain: Laura Angus, Lead Pharmacist and NICE Medicines and Prescribing Associate at NHS Vale of York CCG


We were delighted to receive some very positive comments about the PLT, and some constructive feedback to help inform future sessions.

You said

We did/are doing

97 % of you said you thought the venue was ‘good’ or ‘very good’.

We will hold the next session at York Racecourse and continue to review your feedback on the suitability of the venue.

You told us that the key speaker session was too long, and you would have preferred shorter updates.

We have changed the format of the introduction session to provide brief updates about key topics.

Many of you commented that you really enjoyed the workshops and would have liked to have attended more of these breakout sessions. You suggested that they should be smaller in size to enable more facilitated discussion.

During the next PLT we have increased the number of workshops. You will have the opportunity to attend two sessions during the afternoon. These breakout sessions will be capped to a smaller number of attendees to enable more intimate discussion and networking.

You told us that you enjoyed the opportunity to have protected learning time away from the practice and network with peers.

We will continue to invite primary care GPs, Registered Nurses, Healthcare Assistants, Allied Health Professionals and Physician Associates to attend the next session. We will also provide dedicated time during tea and coffee for networking opportunities.

You voted for your preferred breakout session topics.

We have created more breakout sessions based on your choices.

You said that you couldn’t hear the questions in the main session due to the absence of a roving microphone.

We will ensure there are roving microphones available for the next session.

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