Our Projects 

Contact us via alliance.hub1@nhs.net to find out more about any of our projects. To help us navigate your query to the appropriate project lead, please state the project title in the subject line. 

System Wide Advanced Clinical Practice Development 

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Project leads: Kate Knowles and Rubby Legbedze 
Duration of project: June 2021 - March 2023 
 
Workforce transformation programmes in the Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Integrated Care System (ICS) have resulted in the implementation of Advanced Clinical Practice (ACP) roles without a standardised ICS ACP governance structure. This has produced inequity of access to ACP training and funding, inaccurate data regarding the ICS ACP workforce and a high variation in ACP nomenclature, definition, educational preparation, role development and governance. 
 
The System Wide ACP project supports and develops initiations to standardise ACP across the ICS from a governance and support perspective; in particular to improve equity in access to training and funding opportunities and to understand differing ACP priorities and requirements. 

BUILD Pilot: Building Insight, Learning and Development 

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Project lead: Dr Rashbal Ghattaora 
Duration of project: 1 September 2021 – 1 September 2022 
 
This pilot is funded by the Primary Care Workforce Group (PCWG) and aims to support primary care clinical colleagues in Nottinghamshire who may be struggling at work or may be off work because of health concerns or conditions on practice. 
 
The intervention is delivered by experienced facilitators and involves a combination of coaching, mentoring and self-regulated educational support. The aim is to develop an intervention that can be rolled out as a future service. 

Delegated Healthcare Tasks 

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Project lead: Nicola Payne 
Duration of project: October 2020 – August 2022 
 
We are working with Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) to improve training for Personal Assistants who are employed through personal health budget payments. Following consultation with people who have lived experience, alongside System stakeholders, Komplex Direct are working with personal health budget holders to deliver training and competency assessments to Personal Assistants who perform delegated healthcare tasks. 
 
We were part of a community of practice led by NHS England where we heard best practice examples from around the country. We have since shared our initiative as a best practice example and are continuing to work with stakeholders to improve access to training. 

Developing Social Care Nurses 

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Project lead: Nicola Payne 
Duration of project: February – July 2022 
 
We have worked with social care providers, Wren Hall, Mansfield Manor, Landermeads and Millington Springs to identify training topics for nurses working in social care. This will support their practice development. 
 
A ‘7 day Masterclass’ programme will be delivered over 14 weeks to 24 nurses based on the 4 Pillars of Advanced Practice. This will facilitate nurses working in social care to develop on that trajectory. On completion of the programme, nurses can explore routes via Higher Education Institutes to further their continuous professional development (CPD). This project works closely with the Advanced Clinical Practice (ACP) project. 

GP Assistant Spread and Adoption across the Midlands 

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Project lead: Dr David Peachey 
Duration of project: April 2019 – March 2023 (Cohort 3 running from April 2022 – March 2023) 
A framework for upskilling our own practice staff into the GP Assistant (GPA) role. This uses an accredited competency framework which is certified by Chester University. The role is a mixed clinical/administrative role to support clinicians, reduce administrative burden and add flexibility to our Primary Care workforce. No prior training or qualifications is required. GP Assistants have come from a range of different (clinical and administrative) backgrounds such as receptionists, administrators and Healthcare Assistants (HCAs). 
 
We have 60 places across the Midlands Region in 2022. For more information, contact david.peachey@nhs.net. 

I'm a Medic 

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Project lead: James Waldron 
Duration of project: March 2022 
I’m a Medic is an online school outreach project, allowing students to ask meaningful questions to healthcare workers, both clinical and non-clinical, to better understand the career options and realities of working in a primary care setting. 
 
This instance of the project seeks to build on last year’s successful event by bringing the project to even more schools! 

Developing Mental Health Capability in Primary Care 

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Project leads: Paul Davis, John Lu and Adele Cresswell 
Duration of project: October 2020 onwards 
 
This project has several important deliverables including redesigning the work of the primary care healthcare team based on the creation of a new healthcare model. This is similar to the approach of long-term condition management within the physical health care setting. This group has achieved: 
 
A review of primary care roles 
Creation of a new pathway 
Unpacking the primary care team into its constituent roles and using the new pathway to identify role-specific training 
Helping to create multi-disciplinary teams 
 
Improvements include a tool kit for use at practice and/or PCN level and piloting University level training modules. 

Multi-Professional Support Unit (MPSU) 

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Project leads: Rashbal Ghattaora, Saira Jawaid and Sarah Partridge 
Duration of project: April 2021 onwards 
 
The Multi-Professional Support Unit (MPSU) was created to provide support and development opportunities to meet the training needs of the currently expanding primary care workforce within Nottingham and Nottinghamshire. This includes: 
 
Monthly Continuous Professional Development (CPD) opportunities aimed at the wider primary care team 
Clinical supervision training and virtual drop-in support meetings 
New appraiser training and virtual drop-in support meetings 
‘New to Practice’ networking and training 
Foundation training opportunities in management / leadership skills for the primary care team 
Bi-monthly information bulletins 

ShinyMind App 

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Project lead: Louise Woodward 
Duration of project: April 2020 – April 2022 
 
The ShinyMind App provides mental health, wellbeing and resilience support and activities. It has been co-designed with all levels of staff groups within the NHS, so it is tailored to positively support staff in some of the most challenging and stressful jobs. 
 
It is available for free for all primary care workers in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire. There are over 100 interactive, evidence-based activities. Masterclasses include sleep, stress, meditation, relationships and being confident and happy. You can download it to your phone / tablet and tap into it whenever the time suits you. 

Grow Notts Primary Care App 

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Project lead: James Waldron 
Duration of project: March 2022 onwards 
 
Finding out about all the information, CPD and educational opportunities across Nottinghamshire has always been a challenge. There are so many providers and great content out there it can be hard to keep track and pick out the best things. 
 
The Grow Notts Primary Care App will bring all of these together in one easy to use space on your phone! 
 
The app is hosted by us and is free for all primary care workers in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire. It aims to make planning your personal and professional development effortless and accessible. It will also bring updates and information to users in real time. 

Social Prescribing Link Worker Educational Community of Practice (SPLW ECoP) 

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Project lead: Dr Kate Woolley 
Duration of project: September 2019 onwards 
 
The Educational Community of Practice (ECoP) aims to connect Social Prescribing Link Workers (SPLWs) from different teams across Nottinghamshire to foster shared learning and peer support. We operate via a WhatsApp group to stay connected, and bespoke educational meetings run on an approximately 2-monthly basis. 
 
The meetings address key learning areas as identified by link workers and their managers, offering a mix of targeted educational content and cross-Integrated Care System SPLW peer networking. The ECoP is also open to Health and Wellbeing Coaches (HWBC) and Care Co-ordinators. 

Social Prescribing Action Learning Trailblazer 

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Project lead: Laurence Quirk 
Duration of project: January – April 2022 
 
Our Training Hub won funding from Health Education England in late 2021 to deliver a trailblazer project on action learning for Social Prescribing Link Workers, Health and Wellbeing Coaches, and Care Coordinators. 
 
This short term project explores how to improve supervision and workforce development through a series of small group, peer support sessions for local Integrated Care System staff. 
 
These sessions support Primary Care Networks by: 
 
Supporting professional development needs of the workforce 
Offering reflecting space around managing patient risk factors, individual sharing of case studies and exploring ethical dilemmas 
 
Sessions do not replace GP or line-management supervision or other local arrangements. 
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