UWE in partnership to improve GP training in SW

Issue date: 24 June 2009

University of the West of England The University of the West of England is part of a new move to ensure that GP training reaches the highest standards. The two-year project with Severn Deanery, responsible for NHS training in the South West of England, is currently seeking to recruit a Project Leader to start work in the summer under the government-supported Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) programme.

Recent strategies for improving health in the South West aim to ensure that all training placements for trainee and established GPs are of consistent quality across the region.

The academic supervisor of the project is Dr Jane Powell from UWE's School of Health and Social Care.

She said, “The project recognises that GP training placements vary in quality, with no model for best practice, leading to both economic and social costs if retraining is necessary. This KTP aims to identify gaps in GP training quality and develop quality assurance and evaluation methods. We will make recommendations for improvement in GP training and pilot the improved methods in a particular area of hospital placements such as orthopaedics.”

Dr Bill Irish, local GP and Director of the School of Primary Care at the Severn Deanery, said, “People who live in the South West of England have the best health status of any region of the UK and health services in parts of the region are world class. However this masks significant inequalities in health and great variations in the quality of care.

“Creating a comprehensive method of evaluating these training placements would avoid gaps in training, reduce the need for training to be repeated, reduce the potential for error and improve the quality of care for patients.”

UWE will offer an independent viewpoint, will provide academic expertise in research methods and evaluation methodology, and experience in applying these approaches in a range of NHS settings and complex systems.

This Partnership received financial support from the Knowledge Transfer Partnerships programme(KTP).KTP aims to help businesses to improve their competitiveness and productivity through the better use of knowledge, technology and skills that reside within the UK Knowledge Base. KTP is funded by the Technology Strategy Board along with the other government funding organisations.

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For more information on the project e-mail ktp@uwe.ac.uk

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