Health Education Yorkshire and the Humber have been shortlisted for the HSJ Awards workforce category


Health Education Yorkshire and the Humber have been shortlisted for the HSJ Awards workforce category for their student nurse training in general practice – from idea to industrialisation.

The Advanced Training Practice Scheme (ATPS), funded by Health Education Yorkshire and Humber, was implemented four years ago to try and produce a model that would promote entry of nurses into general practice. The ATPS provides student nurses with accredited high quality substantive 6-14 week placements attached to practice nurse teams covering years one, two and three of their training.

The scheme is currently generating 200 nurse placements a year across 100 participating practices and has an ambitious growth strategy to reach 700 placements a year by 2016. This will mean over 40% of all student nurses in the region will gain GP experience.

The scheme has resulted in extremely high standards of nursing due to robust quality assurance monitoring, an increase in collaborative working with CCGs, a massive shift in career intentions (from 30% of student nurses considering general practice nursing as a first career to 88% after their placement). The programme has also contributed at the national level with presentations at RCN and RCGP conferences.

In the future the Trust wants to build on its current sustainability and growth by working with the universities to get a standardised preceptorship programme across the whole region. It also wants to build nurse leadership-through its scheme by supporting hub nurse leads to have a greater involvement in local nurse developments.

Congratulations on being shortlisted and good luck at the Awards Ceremony.

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NHS Professionals manages the temporary staffing needs of around 66 NHS Trusts across England. An integral part of the NHS, it aims to reduce Trusts’ spending on flexible workers without compromising quality, by providing greater transparency of demand and supplying bank staff at the best possible rate. Its bank of more than 40,000 flexible workers comprises general and specialist nurses, doctors, midwives, admin/clerical , allied health professionals, healthcare scientists, support services among other healthcare professionals.

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