Multi-Professional Support Unit (MPSU) 

What is the Multi-Professional Support Unit? 

The Nottinghamshire Alliance Training Hub (NATH) has established the Multi-Professional Support Unit (MPSU) to deliver education activity which supports the professional development of our increasing and diverse primary care workforce. The team organising the educational events is representative of the colleagues we serve. 

Rationale for the MPSU 

The primary care workforce is expanding as a result of the Primary Care Network (PCN) National DES which includes recruitment of new additional roles. It is also expanding because of recruitment into existing primary care clinical roles, such as nursing. 
 
To support on-going professional development and retention of these new roles, PCNs would need to develop or be able to access appropriate support and expertise. 
 
To assist PCNs with this remit, the Nottinghamshire Alliance Training Hub (NATH) established the Multi-Professional Support Unit. 

Purpose of the MPSU 

To offer opportunities for integrated professional development as well as Uni-professional learning opportunities for new Additional Roles Reimbursement Scheme (ARRS) roles, and existing primary care professionals. 
To offer clinical supervision training for all primary care professionals. 
To develop a network to support Clinical Supervisors. 
To support PCNs with developing an appraisal system for new ARRS roles as well as for existing primary care professionals. 
To offer New to Practice support for new ARRS roles/primary care professionals joining general practice. 
To offer foundation management/leadership skills. 

The 7 Core Functions of the MPSU 

1. Clinical Supervision Training 

This course has been developed in collaboration with Health Education England (HEE). It allows exemption from the 1st day of the one and a half day Clinical Supervision training course which is required to become an Associate Training Practice Clinical Supervisor. This course is primarily aimed at all primary care clinical staff involved in clinical supervision. The course will cover the foundations required to become a competent clinical supervisor. 

2. Clinical Supervision Support Meetings 

These meetings provide support to established or new clinical supervisors. The purpose of the meetings is to develop a supportive network and support the professional development of clinical supervisors. 

3. Appraiser Training 

This course will cover the foundation to become an generic appraiser. The course is aimed primarily at all primary care colleagues who are involved in an annual support meeting of colleagues. This course is not valid to become a GP Appraiser. 

4. New Appraisers Support Meeting 

These meetings provide support to new appraisers. The purpose of the meetings is to develop a supportive network and support their professional development. 

5. Foundation Leadership and Management Training 

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Leads: Steve White and Julie Reid 

6. New to Practice Support Meeting 

These events provide an overview of primary care topics relevant to new staff joining primary care. 

7. Integrated CPD Training 

These events provide generic topics applicable across primary care colleagues. These events promote integrated learning opportunities. 

Meet the MPSU Team 

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Gemma Bird 

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Rebecca Chellaswamy 

Co-organise the New to Practice educational sessions 
Co-organise the CPD sessions 
Deliver Clinical Supervision training and support 
Deliver New Appraisal training and support 
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Rashbal Ghattaora 

GP Educator and overall clinical lead for MPSU 
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Saira Jawaid 

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Sarah Partridge 

Co-lead in the delivery of clinical supervision training 
Co-lead in the provision of new appraiser training for the primary care team 
Supporting the MPSU CPD sessions 
Assisting the new to practice support meetings 
Author of the monthly MPSU bulletin 
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Ankish Patel 

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Julie Reid 

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Steve White 

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Aspirations for the MPSU 

“The developments of PCNs have brought a new dimension to an already complex setting. I hope the MPSU is able to support individuals to orientate themselves within this landscape. My aspirations for the MPSU are to provide a multidisciplinary platform to provide help, guidance and peer support to the new and existing primary care workforce.” 
 
Head of PCN Workforce 
Nottingham City GP Alliance 

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