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Local health chiefs create opportunities for primary care learning and development

NHS Vale of York Clinical Commissioning Group is working with Hull and York Medical School’s Academy of Primary Care and a range of other training sources to provide professional learning and development opportunities for primary care based staff. The training opportunity, which takes place four times a year and shaped to the needs of primary care clinicians, takes place on Wednesday 3 July 2019.

The event 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.

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.

“Peer-led development of local GPs and primary care staff has been made possible thanks to some important investment into primary care services by the CCG because we want to see primary care at the centre of service delivery.

Dr Wells added: “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.”

Dr Warren Larkin, a renowned Consultant Clinical Psychologist, will be delivering the opening presentation on Addressing Childhood Adversity in Professional Practice. The workshop sessions will give participants to add to their learning. The sessions include back pain management and analgesia, building a suicide safer community, digital engagement, fertility, colorectal and anaemia pathways, liver function and biochemistry tests, prescribing, paediatrics, safeguarding and wound care.

Siân Balsom at Healthwatch York said: “Protected Learning Time is a really useful opportunity for GPs across the Vale of York to get together and share best practice, enabling them to keep providing high quality support for local patients.

“It’s vital that we all know how to access care during these times and we welcome the CCG’s work to spread the word so everyone knows how what to do if they need medical assistance during these times.”

To ensure that patients continue to receive the care they need from their local GP practice, the local Out of Hours GP provider, Vocare will be supplying clinical cover from 12 midday to 6pm to those practices that choose to take up the learning and development opportunity.

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