Struggling GP trainees given option to extend training for up to 18 months

Trainee GPs that struggle to meet required levels after the standard three years of training will now be able to extend their training by up to 18 months, Health Education England (HEE) has said | GP Online


GP trainess who fail one or more exams at the end of their usual three years will be able to extend their training by 12 months, with a further exceptional six months. The move brings GP trainees more in-line with other medical specialties, which are currently allowed to extend their training by 12 months with a further exceptional 12 months.

The BMA welcomed the change, as it warned current system ‘unfairly disadvantage’ some of the more diverse groups of doctors. It is hoped the change will help prevent doctors who initially struggle to pass exams being lost to the profession.

The announcement comes alongside a commitment to make it easier for doctors from other specialties to enter GP training.

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Health Education England: annual report

Annual report and accounts for Health Education England for 2016 to 2017.

The fourth HEE Annual report  outlines the achievements over the last year: outlining
how HEE continue to help improve the quality of care for patients by focussing on and investing in the education and training of the workforce which delivers that care,
now and in the future.

This vision of higher quality care is articulated in the Five Year Forward View (5YFV), which HEE co-created and now helps deliver nationally, regionally and locally through Local Workforce Action Boards (LWABs).

LWABs are where the workforce issues of Sustainability and Transformation Plans are worked through together with HEE’s partners; making sure the right conversations happen with the right people at the right time.

HEE: Significant work still to do to make junior doctors feel valued

Enhancing junior doctors’ working lives A progress report | Health Education England | National Health Executive


Significant work must be done to make junior doctors feel valued for their hard work in the NHS, a report published by Health Education England (HEE), which has also identified a number of key areas for improvement, has warned.

HEE worked with other organisations including the British Medical Association (BMA) Junior Doctors’ Committee, the General Medical Council, NHS Employers, the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges and trainee representatives to create the review that has called for action to be taken to improve working conditions for juniors.

The ‘Enhancing Junior Doctors’ Working Lives’ report gives a comprehensive view of the struggles experienced by junior doctors which led to mass dissatisfaction and strike action last year, warning that improvements had to be made in a number of areas to reassure the workforce that their work was being appreciated by their employers.

Read more at National Health Executive

Download the full report here

RCN chief: New role risks devaluing nursing

Viewing nursing as a task based role will put patient safety at risk, the chief executive of the Royal College of Nursing has warned | HSJ

  • RCN chief executive Janet Davies criticises “lack of transparency” over development of nurse associate role
  • She says proposals to allow nurse associates to administer controlled drugs is “ridiculous”
  • Viewing nursing as a task based role would put patient safety at risk, she says

Janet Davies said proposals that nurse associates could be allowed to independently draw up and administer controlled drugs were “ridiculous”. This was suggested in Health Education England internal papers, seen by HSJ, showing the proposed curriculum for nursing associates.

Ms Davies also said there was a lack of transparency about how the new role is being developed.

The HEE documents, reported on last week, said the new band four workers would be expected to have extensive medication knowledge and be capable of handling drugs, as well as carry out invasive procedures on patients. They will be able to work independently of registered nurses.

Ms Davies told HSJ: “Nursing is far more than just a series of tasks and what is beginning to happen is that nursing is being seen as a series of tasks which can be divvied up among a number of people and that is not what nursing is.

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Innovative doctors invited to join unique training programme

Health education leaders in England are calling for the country’s most innovative and forward-thinking junior doctors to apply for a unique national training programme | NHS England


Integrated Clinical Entrepreneur Training, developed and managed by NHS England and Health Education England, is designed to keep the most forward-thinking, entrepreneurial clinicians within this country, bringing the benefit of cutting-edge new treatments and care pathways to the patients who need it – and keeping the money generated within the British economy.

The very first Clinical Entrepreneur trainees’ courses began just a few weeks ago, but already all clinical entrepreneurs have been matched to at least one mentor each, with industry partners, including Microsoft, McLaren, Johnson & Johnson Accenture, AstraZeneca, Tutella,  Medtronic and  AHSNs. Many of the entrepreneurs have negotiated successfully with their Training Programme Director and Postgraduate Dean for either an Out Of Programme Experience (OOPE) or Less Than Full Time Training (LTFTT) and plans are advancing for industry internships.

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HEE to receive £20m for GP training places

Thomas, R. HSJ. Published online: 18 October 2016


The money will also go towards developing multidisciplinary teams involving nurses, pharmacists and other staff in GP surgeries. NHS England pledged £206m to implement workforce measures from the General Practice Forward View earlier this year.

HSJ has learned £20m from the total pledged by NHS England will be used by HEE to train new GPs and meet its target to have 3,250 doctors choosing to train in general practice each year. HEE said the funding, which has been allocated for 2016-17, will be used to cover “additional GP expenditure such as salaries and placement of fees for practice as there are now more GP trainees in the system than in previous years”.

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Policy paper: HEE mandate 2016 to 2017

Department of Health | Published online: 13 October 2016

Image source: DoH

The Health Education England mandate for 2016 to 2017 reflects strategic objectives around:

  • workforce planning
  • health education
  • training and development

The mandate looks at how the healthcare workforce can be developed to improve care for patients through education and training.

Read the full policy here