General Practice is particularly suited to supporting the development of healthcare students due to the wide range of learning opportunities and types of patient contact that take place in this clinical setting.
It is also a great setting to support the development of staff and provide opportunities to upskill through many programmes.
PARE and ULE Update
This means that learning environments will be approved for any learner, except medical students, as long as the environment can demonstrate they:
- Have the appropriate Educator(s)
- Can cover the curriculum requirements of each learner
- Have sufficient capacity
- Meet quality standards set by Regulators and/or NHS England
The ULE process is a National Health Service England (NHSE) programme supported by our regulatory bodies GMC/NMC/HCPC. Organisations can apply for approval as a single provider, such as a GP Practice, or a multi-provider, such as a PCN or Federation.
Moving forward, the ULE process will be administrated by the ICS Training Hubs and reviews will take place in a virtual format. The National Education Contract is signed by the ICS Training Hub for primary care placements. The quality assurance of this process will be undertaken via the NHSE NW Primary Care School.
PARE (Practice Assessment Record & Evaluation) was developed by Health Education England (now part of NHS England) and the University of Chester. PARE will host a digital Learning Environment Approval Audit, automating a pre-agreed process for the approval of new Learning Environments across the region and delegating the various stages of the process to the correct stakeholders. PARE will also act as a database to host relevant information regarding NW GP Practices (for example whether they are currently a training practice or not) and NW Educators (for example showing which professionals they are approved to supervise at which practice). Having oversight of environments and supervisors enables the NW Primary Care School and wider stakeholders to identify capacity and thus help to increase the number of available learning environments across the North West.
The ULE functionality within PARE will show which environments have been audited by the NWPEG audit (via the Higher Educational Institutes and Training Hubs) and which environments have been audited via the new Unified Learning Environment (ULE) process. As of 10th October 2023, all new environment approvals/audits in primary care will be reviewed and ratified in electronic format via the PARE system.
To prepare for the move to the ULE process and to PARE, the Primary Care School has completed a data cleansing exercise, a ULE pilot, and a beta test.PLEASE NOTE the following:
- GP Practices only appear once on PARE and will be moved under a single organisation in PARE called ‘Primary Care School (North West)’
- Access will still be controlled – users will have access to specific placements, or relevant groups of placements, based on their access rights and the ‘tags’ being applied to each placement (PCN, Training Hub, PIVO and GP Training Programme)
- In instances where practices had multiple PR codes previously, these have now been amalgamated under one ODS code
- Existing PARE users will still (where applicable) be able to search on practice name to find placement information, however the ODS code can now also be used
- Information that was held in a separate area of PARE during the pilot and beta test phases will now be visible to all applicable users
- We have completed a thorough review of access rights for existing PARE users
- PARE FAQs were created – please find these attached – this includes information around how your account may differ moving forward and why some placements have been renamed and/or merged
If you have any queries regarding your access to, or placements on the PARE system, or regarding the ULE approval process, please contact your local Training Hub: [email protected]
See more information here:
Tariff Guidance 2023-24
NETS (National Education Training Survey)
The National Education and Training Survey (NETS) is an important part of our work at NHS England to continually improve the student experience and ensure learners can develop the skills, values and behaviours required by the professions.
The survey takes 10 minutes to complete and will be open for 8 weeks until 28 November at 11:59pm.
To support the promotion of the survey with nursing learners in the NW region see below a range of helpful resources to help aid completion from students.
Meet our General Practice Education Facilitators (GPEFs)
TPEP 3 Infrastructure Scoping
The survey will take approximately 6 minutes to complete.
This is a form for scoping out the shifts for each placement area.
Please consider every profession
Apprenticeship Placement Request Form
This request form will take approximately 5 minutes to complete.
There is a requirement that proficiencies and learning outcomes will be completed by external placements; including short-spoke, and long-spoke placements. The placement team within L&SC PCTH will work in partnership with external organisations to secure your long-spoke placements, it is, therefore, essential these are arranged via the team, therefore, please DO NOT contact the organisations yourselves.
We offer 3 different placement models. Each model gives the learners the opportunity to experience a multidisciplinary team, working to expand their knowledge, the roles within the organisation, and how different roles interact in providing services to the local population. Placements give learners the chance to participate in extra settings which may have different specialisms or enhanced services; this allows the learners to develop their skills, confidence, and competencies more.
These placements are for learners who are allocated to a main placement area (hub) where they will spend the majority of their placement, but also visit associated placement areas (spoke) for shorter periods of time giving the learners the opportunity to gain experience in other settings.
Download the below PDF here.
Standard placements is one placement where the learner will remain for the whole allocated time period.
Download the below PDF here.
This placement has been developed in partnership with Primary Care, Social Care, Student Quality Ambassadors, Patient Representatives, Edge Hill University, University of Central Lancashire, and University of Cumbria for Pre-Registration Nurses.
This placement is a unique and innovative experience for learners to follow a ‘real life’ case study of a person/family’s journey within Health and Social Care, underpinning the journey from birth to death. The learner experience will include allocated time within 3 organisations, which allows the learner to gain a holistic overview of the person, the care they receive and the services they access across their life journey, this will develop a holistic approach to a person/family’s health and well-being alongside developing skills, knowledge, and experience within the learner’s programme of study.
See the A ‘Real-Life’ Case Study Flyer here.
How would you like to be involved in an innovative
and unique careers package, engaging and supporting learners within schools & colleges across Lancashire and South Cumbria?
Please visit our careers page.
For more information on Placements, please contact [email protected]
Workshops and Training
Learning Environment Educator Development Workshops
We are currently hosting monthly Learning Environment Educator Development update training sessions. Book here!
These sessions are applicable for NMC Assessors and Supervisors, Allied Health Professional Educators, Physician Associates and General Practitioners who support Pre Registration learners.
Pre-Registration Nurse Attrition and Transition Knowledge Portal
The National HEE Team have developed a knowledge portal that provides links to key resources related to student attrition and transition, such as:
- Cost of Living Good Practice Guide
- Support for paused and returning students
- Articles on clinical placement supervision models
- Equality and diversity resources
The portal is housed via the Future NHS website accessible here.
If you have any queries about the portal, please contact [email protected]
Discovering a Career in General Practice Nursing (CNO 002)
Discovering a Career in General Practice Nursing (CNO 002) is a single module available to nurses or nursing associates, either qualified or in training, who are looking for a real kickstart to their career by providing information and insight into the role of a General Practice Nurse (University of Cumbria).
Resources & Videos
Please find useful updates, information and resources below
Student Placement Information Webinar
We hosted the Student Placement Information Webinar on the 21st of April. If you missed it, please view the recording below:
The NHS Placement Charter must be visable in all practices, it has information for Students and Practice on. To view/download it click here.
Some Organisations have a playback function disabled so therefore needs to be taken up with their IT department or opened on a device not on the Organisations internet e.g., a separate mobile device with different WiFi.
North West Practice Education Group has been working on the development of an online presence to publicise the work completed and to provide a platform for the core work of the group – sharing best practice and supporting and sharing initiatives to improve quality.
The North West Practice Education Group site has launched with the first of a series of blogs promoting one of the projects which the group secured funding for, that is being led from the University of Salford – the NW educator project which will launch soon. This will provide a central development resource to support our practice partners in developing their skills to support our students… feed in into sustained CPD supported through the online network, this is supported by a YouTube channel which we can utilise to share webinar recordings.
This is a hub for student nurses, midwives and trainee nursing associate (TNA), designed in collaboration with students to help support you in your studies and journey into your healthcare career. Take a look around the hub to find out more about Health Education England (HEE) and what resources are available to help support and advise you.
Professional standards for educators and learners
Meet Our Team
Project Manager (Placements)
Samantha Jefferies is the Project Manager for Lancashire & South Cumbria Primary Care Training Hub, for Placements.
Sam works in partnership with the Five Training Hub Localities;
- Fylde, Wyre & Blackpool
- Greater Preston, Chorley & South Ribble
- Morecambe Bay
- Pennine Lancashire
- West Lancashire
Providing support to each Locality Training hub, Leads, Operation Managers, General Practice Education Facilitators (GPEFs), Trainee Nursing Associate Practice Education Facilitators (TNA PEFs) and organisation Practice Education Facilitators (PEFs) in expanding clinical placements and ensuring the provisions are of a high quality multi-professional learning environment across the sectors.
See our GPEFs and TNA PEF the top of the page.