Issue 8                                                                                                July 2021

Welcome to your latest Training Hub update – your monthly download of upcoming training and development opportunities for primary care in Coventry and Warwickshire, including nursing news and additional roles integration.

We are extremely proud of the hard work you all put in to provide a caring and resilient service to support patients. We are here to help you do what you do best, by delivering additional training, attracting new recruits and providing support.

This newsletter is one of the ways we’re able to keep you up to date with new opportunities – please take a few minutes each month to read it and share with colleagues as appropriate.

Something missing? If there’s a topic you want to hear more about or a course topic you want us to consider, click here to let us know. We’d love to hear from you.
Introducing your local Training Hub
The Coventry and Warwickshire Training Hub exists to support the primary care workforce across Coventry, Rugby, South Warwickshire, and Warwickshire North.
Working together with partners, we provide access to relevant education, training and development opportunities for everyone working in primary care in our patch.

We are commissioned by Health Education England to support six core aims, including providing innovative clinical placements, helping to develop an integrated health and social care workforce and supporting recruitment and retention in primary care.

We are particularly keen to encourage you all to contribute to building future training programmes so that you have access to the training and support you need.

Our workforce is our biggest asset, recruitment and retention of our future primary care workforce must be high priority for us all. Please take 5 minutes to read and cascade to your colleagues.
Clinical Lead & Physician Associate Ambassador
We are very pleased to be welcoming Nicola Moerdyk, Clinical Lead and Emma Lomas, Physician Associate Ambassador to the Training Hub team.
Nicola Moerdyk - Clinical Lead
I am delighted to have been appointed Clinical Lead for the C&W Training Hub. I am an energised, proactive GP with a passion for primary care. I am passionate about the development and retention of doctors and health care professionals. I’m looking forward to supporting recruitment and retention of the primary care workforce within Coventry and Warwickshire, developing and driving forward workstreams, and supporting placement quality and capacity withing the work force. I intend to provide high quality clinical leadership within CWTH and beyond.
My experience is wide-ranging with a background in Paediatrics and over 15 years in general practice as a sessional GP, partner and locum. I am a GP Appraiser and a free-lance medical writer. My clinical interests include Women’s Health.
Away from work, I enjoy keeping up with my two sons and indulging my other passions of gardening, period property renovation and travel.

Emma Lomas - Physician Associate Ambassador

I would like to introduce myself as the PA Ambassador for Coventry and Warwickshire. Working with the training hub and individual practices, GP mentors and PAs; I will be supporting the PA role from student placement through to PAs working in general practice (new graduate and experienced PAs) across the region.

Having nearly 12 years experience as a PA in general practice, 4 years lecturing and mentoring at Birmingham University and as GP placement lead and mentor, I am looking forward to working with those at the training hub to continue to promote, support and integrate the role along with my fellow PAs within the multidisciplinary team of Primary Care. 
Emma Lomas 
BSc Hons, PA-R, PGCHE 
Fully funded training - Non-clinical workforce
A huge thank you to Practice Managers across C&W for your input and support in scoping future training. We are reviewing your feedback and will be sharing the outcome with you shortly.
New to Practice Fellowship
Are you a practice looking to recruit a newly qualified GP or Nurse this summer?

Have you considered including the New to Practice Fellowship (NTPF) as part of your offer?
Launched this year in Coventry and Warwickshire, NTPF is a 2-year part-time programme of learning, support and PCN project working for newly qualified GPs/GP Nurses, to aid transition from trainee to independent practitioner, undertaken in addition to clinical commitments.
  • Eligible GP/GPN are guaranteed to be accepted to Fellowship Programme
  • Upskills staff without any direct commitment by practice
  • Paid time for fellows to undertake additional CPD opportunities
New to Practice Fellowship Registration and more information can be found here
New to Practice Programme
Open to all new to practice GPs, Nurses, Clinical Pharmacists and Allied Health Professionals.

This is a programme that has been tailored to your needs by a steering group of GPs, GP Nurses, AHPs and Practice Managers from within primary care, and is funded centrally and free of charge.
The sessions delivered jointly by Warwick Medical School and Coventry University have been chosen to provide you with a mix of practical management and professional leadership skills to help you establish yourselves during your first years in General Practice, and to make your early years as fruitful and enjoyable as possible. The speakers are from a range of experts and practitioners, chosen to give you an excellent grounding in each of the subject areas.
Registration for 2021/22 is due to open soon, more information can be found here

Student Placements Programme
There is still time to sign up to the primary care student placements programme!

We are looking for practices to host and supervise the following students for the upcoming academic year:

  • Nurses
  • Paramedics
  • OTs

This is your opportunity to showcase general practice as a destination career, and get your first pick of our future workforce.

For more information please view this presentation and i
f you would like to host a student, please complete the Expression of Interest form below. Please submit your responses by Monday 9th August. 

For those who have already expressed interest, thank you! The email with the next steps will be coming out shortly.

If you have any queries or would like more information, please contact Nicci on

Expression of Interest - Hosting Students
Save the Date: Aspiring Leaders Virtual Celebration Event
We would like you to join the Aspiring Leaders Virtual Celebration Event on 22nd September 2021. These fellowships empower local GPs to become our future system leaders, in priority areas for our healthcare system. This is a chance for them to exhibit the important and exciting work that they have been involved in over the last year.
GPN Care Programme - ONLY 25 places!
We are pleased to confirm that we will be delivering the GPN CARE Programme from October 6th across Coventry and Warwickshire in partnership with National Association of Primary Care (NAPC) and specialist coaches ShinyMind.
We are seeking expressions of interest from general practice nurses who want to be part of a new, innovative and ground-breaking national development programme, shaped and delivered locally.

For details on the programme, schedule and funding, please click here

If would like to be a part of the programme please complete the Expression of Interest form below by 5pm on Wednesday 18th August.
Expression of Interest form - GPN CARE programme
CPD Funding - Year 2 
Thank you for all your responses and input into your future training needs.  We are working on a timetable of courses and will be in touch again once that is completed for you to be able to book your preferred courses.
If you have already identified a course, please remember that your practice will need to submit an invoice together with evidence of the course booking to claim back your CPD allocation to a maximum of £333.00.
Free access to Immunisation in practice: update for nurses
This supplement features a look at the vital role of nurses in immunisation programmes, the latest updates on travel and COVID-19, and an overview of the effect of COVID-19 on childhood immunisations. It also provides further immunisation resources that are of interest to nurses, as well as a discussion on what the 2021/22 influenza season will look like

Read Supplement
GPs have an opportunity to view the Mentor Profile Pack and decide which mentor they think would be a good fit for themselves. Taking into consideration each mentor’s capacity, mentees are allocated a mentor by the Clinical Lead, based on preferred choices.
Apply here to access the GP Mentor Profile Pack
Phoenix GP
Phoenix GP provides fully funded career development and leadership programmes, designed specifically for mid-career GPs.

The programme will run from Sept 2021– Feb 2022, six evening events over six months, via MS Teams. Click here to find out more about the programme
All mid-career GPs in Coventry & Warwickshire are invited to consider this opportunity and apply for a place.
Application is via a short application form, telling us who you are and why you wish to join Phoenix GP. Demand may be high for the programme and all GPs that apply to join may be subject to a panel decision based on application.
Closing date for applications is Friday 20th August
Apply here for the Phoenix GP programme
HEE Midlands AHP Network
Join and stay up to date with the latest opportunities and news across the region!

Benefits of joining the network:

  • Stay up to date with the latest news, publications and information relating to AHPs
  • Shape and influence the work of HEE across the region
  • Sharing of good practice
  • Opportunity to tell us what you want from the HEE AHP network
Join the AHP Network
#AHPs Day - Thursday 14th October 2021

Join a new collaborative workspace within the AHP Virtual Hub on FutureNHS and share resources, ideas and connect with peers on their local plans for AHPs’ Day.
If you are not a member of the AHP Virtual Hub and you would like to visit the new workspace:

1. Follow the link to access the space and follow the prompt to request permission to access 'National AHPs' Day Network'


2. Email to request access to the National AHPs’ Day Network.

My Possible Self: The Mental Health App
Featured on the NHS Apps Library, this free app is clinically proven to reduce stress and anxiety.
My Possible Self allows you to reframe the future in a positive way, while also reminding you how far you have come. It's goal-based with 10 learning modules that help you achieve your goals.
My Possible Self

FREE Wellbeing Apps for NHS staff
Click on the images for more details
Individual coaching support for all Primary Care staff
NHSE have launched a coaching offer for all staff in primary care to ensure you are supported in maintaining your wellbeing during this time. Further information available here

Who is it for?
All clinical and non-clinical staff working in the delivery of primary care services.

How does it work?
Individual coaching support with highly trained, experienced coaches by video or telephone. Sessions are available 7 days a week.
Register and book a coaching session

This event is organised by the London Health & Wellbeing team for all NHS staff. Click Here for more information and to book.

Click Here for your Monthly
Action For Happiness Calendar!
Click Here to check your own wellbeing and gain access to supportive tools.
Midlands Leadership and Lifelong Learning Academy

*New* Mentoring CPD and Supervision sessions
This is the first year Midlands Leadership and Lifelong Learning have offered mentoring CPD and Supervision sessions, which are being run by Emma Coller and the team at Growth Pod.

This event is for mentors who are already registered on the Midlands Mentoring Hub as part of their CPD requirement.

If you would like to access this training and you are an experienced or trained Mentor, please join the coaching and mentoring hub here prior to booking your place.

Mentoring CPD sessions
Session One - Creating positive change
27 August 9:30am – 11am 
Click to register 

Session Three -Well-being
29 October 9:30am – 11am 
Click to register 
Session Two - Strengths
 24 September 9:30am – 11am 
Click to register

Session Four – Behavioural Science
26 November 9:30am – 11am 
Click to register 
Mentoring Supervision sessions
Cohort One:
Session One - 27 August
1:30pm – 3:30pm   Click to register 

Session Two - 26 November 2021
1:30pm – 3:30pm

Cohort Three:
Session One - 29 October 2021
1:30pm – 3:30pm  Click to register           

Session 2 - 18 February 2022
1:30pm – 3:30pm

Cohort Two:
Session One - 24 September 2021
1:30pm – 3:30pm  Click to register

Session Two - 28 January 2022
1:30pm – 3:30pm 

Cohort Four (one session only):
Session One - 25 March 2022
1:30pm – 3:30pm  Click to register
*New* Coaching CPD and Supervision sessions
Midlands Leadership and Lifelong Learning Coaching CPD and Supervision sessions are being delivered by Becci Martin and the team at BOO Coaching and Consulting.

These events are for coaches who are already registered on the Midlands Coaching Hub as part of their CPD requirement.

If you would like to access this training and you are a Coach with ILM5, EMCC Practitioner level or above, please join the coaching and mentoring hub here prior to booking your place.

Coaching CPD sessions
Session One
Virtual Coaching Spa

05 August 2021 7pm – 8pm
Click to register 
Session Two
What's in your digital coaching kit?

21 September 7pm – 8pm 
Click to register

Session Three - Coaching and NLP
19 October 2021 7pm - 8pm
Click to register 
Coaching Supervision sessions
Session Two - 4th August 2021
10am - 12pm
Click to register

Session Four - 21st October 2021
10am - 12pm
Click to register

Session Six - 9th December 2021
10am - 12pm 
Click to register

Session Eight - 9th February 2022
10am - 12pm 
Click to register   
Session Three - 14th September 2021
10am - 12pm
Click to register 

Session Five - 17th November 2021
10am - 12pm
Click to register

Session Seven - 11th January 2022
10am - 12pm
Click to register

* New* Visible Leaders Network

The Visible Leaders Network (VLN), is a network for Black, Asian and minority ethnic staff leaders and aspiring leaders and is designed to support your career progression to senior level roles within the NHS.

You can join the VLN if you are an NHS employee working in the Midlands at Bands 4 - 8a level.

There are two listening events for VLN members to share their views in what is required to provide the skills and tools needed for success both for the individual and for the NHS.
To find out more about the VLN or join see the website


Difficult Conversations
In the context of serious illness, broaching subjects such as wishes and preferences for future care can be challenging for healthcare professionals.
This session aims to help improve confidence in opening up these discussions with patients and those important to them.
Dates and Times:

Tues 7th Sept 2021: 12:30 - 14:00pm - Click here to book
*NEW* NHS Cervical Screening Update

Electronic (e-)requesting to replace paper forms

The regional HPV laboratory at Royal Wolverhampton Trust (RWT) can now accept cervical screening sample requests electronically, via the web-based ICE application. This is for both EMIS and SystmOne users.

Electronic requesting is a national requirement and aims at improving sample turnaround times whilst reducing errors with data input. Going forward, paper forms will be largely phased out and should only be used in exceptional circumstances.

If you are not already signed up, we recommend that you use e-requesting for all your cervical screening sample requesting.
Set-up guides for practice managers, as well as user guides and a training video for end users will be sent to your practice. For any questions or advice, please contact: BCPS IT Support on:

Cervical Screening Best Practice Poster
It is important that failsafe and safety checks are done when a patient comes into practice for their Cervical Screening Test. This will ensure that the sample is accepted at the laboratory and will reduce the chance of any errors, resulting in screening safety incidents, or harm.
The poster contains important failsafe checks taken from the
Cervical Sample Taker Training Guide and the Sample Taker Acceptance Policy. Some further best practice has been identified on the back of several Primary Care screening safety incidents and included into the poster.
We recommend that this poster is shared with colleagues and displayed on the walls to ensure ongoing best practice. Click here for the poster.

Sample taking training guidelines and guidance for booking available here
FREE resources for GPs and Practice Nurses
HEE's national NHS Knowledge and Library Services team is funding online access to over 130 titles published by Oxford University Press (OUP). 
Handbooks can be accessed 24/7 by NHS healthcare staff via the
HEE/OUP site using their NHS OpenAthens account.
Contact the team at for further information.
HEE COVID Resources
Click here for a programme created by HEE e-Learning for Healthcare in response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Click here for up to date COVID information for nurses and midwives, primary care, trainees and FAQ’S.

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