A community provider network model: the journey so far
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Evidence & Practice    

A community provider network model: the journey so far

Paul Jackson Head, Practice learning, Faculty of Education Health and Wellbeing, University of Wolverhampton, Walsall, England
Ian Greaves Clinical lead, GP First, Gnosall, Stafford, England
Angela Lindsay Nurse lead, GP First, Gnosall, Stafford, England
Sally Sturge Senior lecturer/practice lead, University of Wolverhampton, Walsall, England

This article showcases the role and positive effects that a community education provider network (CEPN) or training hub can have on addressing workforce undersupply. It discusses how the model promotes multidisciplinary learning based on the needs of the local community, which is in the best position to know what those needs are. It will demonstrate how the CEPN can assist with primary care workforce requirements and how it can give greater control over commissioning, distribution and funding of education and training placements in primary care and the community. Lastly, it will consider the implications for practice such as lack of mentors, experienced mentors retiring, lack of understanding about apprenticeships, and the future of the CEPN.

Primary Health Care. 28, 5, 39-44. doi: 10.7748/phc.2018.e1395



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