12th January saw the launch of the South Yorkshire Region Excellence Centre. This is a hub or action centre for vocational education and training. It intends to work collaboratively sharing information and access to resources and will facilitate co-development and spread of best practices in training. It is hoped that the centre will be able to build strong local engagement across healthcare providers and stakeholders and provide QA and support.
From a primary care point of view, the centre has identified the need to encourage GP engagement in apprenticeships and will link with HEE and the SYBPCWG around this.
Ben Jackson presented at the event to ensure that general practice was high on the agenda and that, in the planning stages of how the centre will work, the particular needs of primary care were taken into account. He discussed how different and niche the role of the HCA is in a GP practice compared with that in other sectors and that the training needs would differ accordingly. Louise Berwick & Sanni Khan presented 3 workshops around the ATP and their involvement in HCA apprenticeships and nurse training.
Kevin Moore was on the panel at the end of the session and fed back the positive and encouraging atmosphere from the event.