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 Practice Development 

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 Practice (AP) roles without a standardised ICS AP governance structure. This has produced inequity of access to AP training and funding, inaccurate data regarding the ICS AP workforce and a high variation in AP nomenclature, definition, educational preparation, role development and governance. 
The System Wide AP project supports and develops initiations to standardise AP 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 AP priorities and requirements. 

BUILD Pilot: Building Insight, Learning and Development 

Project lead: Rashbal Ghattaora 
Duration of project: September 2021 – September 2023 
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. This includes Practice Nurses, ARRS roles, Healthcare Assistants, and GPs. 
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. 

GP Assistant Spread and Adoption across the Midlands 

Project lead: 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 

Project lead: James Waldron 
Duration of project: September 2022 - May 2023 
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 

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) 

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 

Grow Notts Primary Care App 

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. 

Widening Participation Pilot 

Project lead: Sarah Partridge 
Duration of project: April - October 2023 
This pilot provides mentoring support to pharmacy students who may have less opportunities to facilitate their healthcare career journey. It will: 
Ensure that diverse talent is not missed. 
Ensure our healthcare workforce is fully inclusive, with all having the right support and opportunities to thrive and reach their full potential. 
Broaden mentor exposure to diversity issues by encouraging them to take part in insightful conversations and experiences that they may otherwise not encounter. 
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