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Primary care - creating opportunities for professional learning and development

Local GPs and primary care staff are continuing with their programme of peer-led development this October thanks to some important investment into primary care services by local healthcare commissioners.

NHS Vale of York Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is working with the Hull and York Medical School’s Academy of Primary Care to provide professional learning and development opportunities for primary care based staff.

Dr Nigel Wells, Clinical Chair at the CCG said: “The Vale of York area is fortunate to have high quality primary care services, but we are now experiencing challenges in the recruitment of new staff, the retention of experienced colleagues and an ever-increasing work load.

“We want to see primary care at the centre of service delivery, ensuring that hospital based care focuses on the elements that can only be done in a hospital setting.

“The protected learning time we have developed for our member practices will help towards providing a firm foundation for us to deliver care that meets the population’s changing needs and allow for a renewed focus on improving health over treating disease.”

The next event takes place on 15 October 2019 and to ensure that local patients continue to receive the care they need from their local practice, the local Out of Hours GP provider, Vocare will be supplying clinical cover from 12noon to 6pm to those practices that choose to take up this learning and development.

There will be a number of workshops at the event focusing on important topics such as travel vaccinations, antibiotic prescribing, menopause, breast cancer, adverse childhood experiences and safeguarding.

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