Bradford Primary Care Workforce & Training Hub


What is a Primary Care Workforce & Training Hub?

A PCWTH (Primary Care Workforce & Training Hub) is a practice or group of practices accredited to provide undergraduate and post-graduate multi-professional training placements.

PCWTHs have an integrated learning ethos, placing education, training and development as a core part of everyday work. They aim to encourage integrated learning both inter-professionally and between learners at different stages of their learning journey, training and developing the future workforce.

At Trust Primary Care, we work with HEEYH (Health Education England working across Yorkshire & Humber) as the Bradford PCWTH across Bradford, Airedale, Wharfedale & Craven and Harrogate CCGs. We work to address workforce issues and encourage recruitment, development and mentoring in our area, rather than ‘poaching’.

What does the Bradford PCWTH offer?

We provide practice training placements for learners to develop the competencies needed to work effectively in primary and community care settings, enabling integrated learning opportunities.

Our placements include:

Undergraduate Nurse Placements

A GP nurse placement really opened my eyes to a lifelong career. I couldn’t wait to graduate and now love my job as a practice nurse.” Safia, Nurse at Parklands.

Where they have a suitable mentor, practices in the Hub area can become Spoke Practices. (Please note: experienced staff can attend a SLiP course to become a mentor, and mentors become sign-off mentors after assuming responsibility for two placements.)

Spoke practices are allocated undergraduate nurses for 8-12 week placements and receive £120 per week for the duration of the placement, in return for mentoring and introducing Primary Care nursing as a career option.

Trust Primary Care’s PCWTH provides support in a number of ways:

  • We liaise with HEIs (universities and colleges) on student numbers, capacity and allocation
  • We support practices with any queries over placements
  • We organise evaluations of placements
  • We ensure IPL (inter-professional learning) on placements and feedback
  • We contribute to ATP workshops (every 6 months) and quarterly steering groups to ensure sustained scheme quality

GPN (General Practice Nursing) Ready Scheme

This Scheme provides support for practices that are willing to appoint a new NMC registered nurse and develop them over a period of two years to become proficient general practice nurses (GPNs).

  • Financial support is provided for education and training during the preceptorship period for newly registered (within the last 9 months) NMC nurses or Return-to-Practice nurses who are new to primary care. These can be full or part time employees.
  • There is a financial incentive of up to £8k over a two year period for a FTE nurse; £5k of this £8k funding is held by the PCWTH to be spent on the education and training of the GPN over their first two years of employment.

Trust Primary Care’s PCWTH provides support in a number of ways:

  • Offering advice on the likely support a new nurse will require as part of their preceptorship period.
  • Offering suggestions as to potential education practices may wish to consider for their new GPN.
  • Advice on availability of courses and also on which subjects previously employed GPN Ready Scheme nurses have sought education in.

HCA Apprenticeship Scheme

Rest assured our HCA is our long-term employee… she is going nowhere!” Mark, Practice Manager in Airedale

  • This is a relatively new scheme, now in its third year, with Apprentices in 15 practices across the Bradford PCWTH area, rising to over 25 in October 2017. Apprentices are formally employed and embedded in practices.
  • The Scheme provides full training to Level 3 qualification over 12-18 months on day release, with sign-off from mentor and college tutors, supporting consistent delivery and sign-off of The Care Certificate.
  • There is funding of £6,800 per apprentice for each practice involved. (Please note: there is now a requirement for practices to pay £300 towards the apprenticeship levy, which is subtracted from this pot.)

Trust Primary Care’s PCWTH provides support in a number of ways:

  • We liaise with colleges to develop the course and assist practices with recruitment and the assessment process.
  • We arrange additional training where necessary and provide support to PMs and mentors in practices with apprentices.
  • We arrange evaluations of placements and attend steering group and assessment meetings to ensure sustained quality of training provision.

Prince’s Trust Work Placements

Working with the Prince’s Trust, our PCWTH will soon be helping to co-ordinate 4-6 weeks placements in practices across Bradford, giving young people the chance of some useful work experience and training.

These work placements will give young people a taste of what working in the NHS, and specifically Primary Care, can offer them and hopefully improve their skills and confidence.

Why get involved as a Practice?

  • Work placements give practices the option to undertake what is effectively an eight week interview for potential candidates, building relationships and providing an opportunity to identify future staff.
  • They provide a great way to demonstrate that becoming a Practice Nurse is a great career option wherever they may apply.
  • For the candidates, it’s good for their personal development, confidence, keeping up to date and re-validation.

What are the overall benefits?

  • PCWTHs encourage more practices to be engaged in training the future primary and community care workforce.
  • PCWTHs provide robust infrastructure for the provision and support of quality assured placements for medical and healthcare students.
  • Interprofessional learning and working becomes embedded in primary care.
  • More medical and non-medical accredited placements are available, resulting in a future workforce completing their training competent to work in primary and community care.

What does a practice need to do in order to get involved?

  • You need a suitable mentor (and access to a sign-off mentor if the student is on their final Year 3 placement). Experienced staff can attend a SLiP course in order to become a mentor, and mentors become sign-off mentors after assuming responsibility for 2 placements.
  • On average, an hourly meeting every week is required between the mentor and student, plus a further 10-15 minutes to go through student workbooks. In addition, initial, mid and end of placement paperwork is required from the mentor.
  • 40% of the placement and induction must be supervised by the mentor; the rest of the time can be spent with the wider team. MDT and IPL are actively encouraged and should be seen as integral to your practice and the placement.

How does a practice start?

  • PCWTH representatives carry out a site meeting to meet the team and check it is a placement that will benefit both parties.
  • Mandatory training for the practice (Fire, Health & Safety etc) needs to be included in induction, along with clarity of working hours and expectations with clear lines of reporting.
  • Spoke practices are the first port of call for schemes such as the HCA Apprenticeship and GPN Ready Scheme as they are already approved as suitable.

Why get involved as an Apprentice?

  • Our HCA Apprenticeship scheme gives you the opportunity to experience working in the primary care sector, benefiting from training on the job and getting paid for your work.
  • Formal full-time higher education does not suit everyone. These vocational apprenticeships mean you can really make a difference right from the start.
    Working in a GP surgery gives you the opportunity to offer ‘all of life care’, building real relationships with patients.
  • The Apprenticeships are structured to help you quickly gain the skills to see patients and run clinics yourself, working in close cooperation with the wider practice team to help treat and prevent illness.

Who are the people behind the Bradford PCWTH?

Chris Brennan: Business Partner, Bowling Highfield Practice

Nick Nurden: Business Partner, The Ridge Medical Practice

Fiona Purdie: Business Manager, Parklands Medical Practice

Marie Stout: Business Manager, TPC & BCA Ltd

Susan Wallis: Nurse Clinical Lead & Lead Nurse, Leylands Medical Practice

Mandy Brown: Finance Manager, Bowling Highfield Practice

Laura Scott: Admin Lead, Bowling Highfield Practice

Where do we go to get more information?

For more information on the HCA Apprenticeship, either as an employer or as a potential apprentice, please contact Marie –

For more information on the GPN Ready scheme, either as an employer or a potential candidate, please contact Mandy –

For general information on the Bradford PCWTH or on becoming a spoke practice, please contact Marie in the first instance, who will be able to answer your query or direct it to another member of the team where appropriate –