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Training Hubs are a Health Education England model designed to meet the educational needs of the multi-disciplinary Primary Care team, and bring together NHS organisations, community providers and local authorities.

Watch the following 2 minute video for an overview of the Training Hub function

We combine workforce development with a structured on-going learning provision for all staff – a single solution to all your training and development needs. We will draw on skills and knowledge across our area.

By joining forces with local GP Tutors, Primary Care Education Facilitators and Multi Professional Leads, we have developed a network which currently includes representation and links with:

Health Education Kent, Surrey and Sussex (HEE, KSS);
Higher Education Institutions;
Kent LMC;
West Kent Primary Care;
Kent and Medway CCG;
Local medical education programmes for GPs;
The primary and community care workforce;
North and East Kent Training Hubs;
The GP Staff Training Team;
Patients and carers.

We have plans to expand our network to include Public Health England, care and nursing homes, hospices, and the third sector.

Funding for WKEN has been allocated from Health Education Kent, Surrey and Sussex (HEE, KSS).

Who we are.

Below is an organisation chart identifying the members of the Operations Group.

Below is an organisation chart identifying the members of the PCN Multi Professional Lead Group.

The PCN Multi Professional Leads will continue to provide support and expertise in the development of PCN’s in West Kent on behalf of West Kent Education Network (WKEN). They will provide a nursing and multi-professional voice within Primary Care to embed the WKEN aims of Recruit, Train, Refresh and Retain and support the WKEN vision to embed a culture of place based learning, including increasing high quality placements throughout West Kent. To promote coaching, mentoring and leadership opportunities across the PCN multi-professional workforce and to develop functions/processes of the PCNs which help practices work collaboratively, share good practice and achieve efficiencies through economies of scale. Also to provide support to PCNs for effective continuing professional development.

Community Education Facilitators.

The Community Education Facilitator (CEF) is a fundamental part of work being undertaken by WKEN Training Hub to support the Kent and Medway Medical School (KMMS) and also forms a key element of the place-based learning national and locality pilots that are being led from East Kent. The CEF role is undertaken by a GP and appointed by the PCN, to provide leadership related to education and professional development. In participating in CEF West Kent PCNs will be preparing for the breadth of workplace learners and shaping what ‘excellent’ placements need to look like as well as informing changes nationally in how clinical education is delivered in health for the future.

Each PCN CEF benefits from the support of their PCN MPL and additional support is provided by our PCN Administrator, Suganthy (Su’) Arumugam.