Primary care in the future will need a new system of coherent, locally managed but centrally assured educational governance eventually encompassing all training and education in primary care. The establishment of Devon CEPN in 2016 is the start of that process. Ensuring that training, education, development and workforce strategy is identified and provided locally, by local practitioners.
The aim of Devon CEPN to support the delivery of a workforce capable of meeting the needs of a local population’s health and improve clinical outcomes. This will be achieved through the recruitment of new staff into General Practice; the retention of existing staff through development and up skilling and development of new roles within the health community.
Devon CEPN is born through, supported and directed by, the GP Provider networks: Sentinel, Haytor Health, Exeter Primary Care, and Devon Health (SHED), as well as Devon LPC. Representatives from each of the five organisations comprise the steering group of Devon CEPN. Devon CEPN provides training, education and workforce support across the county of Devon. DCEPN covers all of the practices in the County of Devon, and extends to other healthcare providers such as pharmacies, care homes, hospices, dental practices and community based services. Anyone who provides healthcare services in Devon may become a member of the CEPN. Link to membership page
The CEPN is a collaborative approach of the Provider networks and the LPC to assist with, and tackle some of the challenges that may lie ahead:
- A Memorandum of Understanding (“MoU”) has been signed by the four organisations in order to have a consistent delivery model for the whole of Devon.
- We are working extensively with Kernow Health CiC and Somerset Primary Care in order to ensure we have a delivery vehicle capable of servicing Devon and border areas. This also allows us to mirror the South West Academic Health Science Network (“SWAHSN”) and Health Education England (“HEE”) areas.
- We have an agreed IT strategy with the CCGs and SWAHSN.
- We are working with Devon Doctors.
- We are able to work at a single practice level, a locality level, a Devon level or across the whole of Cornwall, Devon and Somerset.
The benefits of CEPN organisation are:
- Increased training capacity; training the workforce needed for the service locally in partnership with local Trusts and Universities.
- Support for the development of multi-professional education.
- Improved educational governance and commissioning arrangements.
- Development of real-time primary and community workforce data to support planning.
- Education and training more closely tailored to the needs of local communities and more likely to be aligned to service commissioners’ needs.
- Multidisciplinary learning opportunities across the health community, including Pharmacy staff, care home staff, hospice staff and community staff alongside primary care colleagues.
In particular, the opportunity to work with universities, workforce partnerships, local secondary care providers and the GP School to align the funding and commissioning of education for primary care is a central aim.