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OTH Newsletter July

Here is the July edition of the Oxfordshire Training Hub newsletter.

Please feel free to pass onto all your colleagues and get in touch with any questions or suggestions for inclusion in next month’s edition.

OTH Newsletter July 2020

Graduate Certificate for General Practice Nurses at Bucks New University - Funded places


Health Education England- Thames Valley has funding to support nurses new to General Practice to undertake the Graduate Certificate for General Practice Nurses at Bucks New University.

This programme will be delivered as a blended learning course over 9 months starting each February and September. This means that students will attend face to face teaching and learning at Bucks New University, High Wycombe campus and will also be expected to complete online learning over the 9 months.

The nurse will need to be supported and assessed by suitably qualified and experienced colleagues in practice in developing a portfolio of practice.

HEE Thames Valley will provide funding for the course fees only.

For further details of the course please go here.

If you have recently employed or are considering employing a nurse new to general practice who has NOT completed any clinical competencies and would wish to undertake this course please contact us as soon as possible.



Pride in Practice Training Academy

The Pride in Practice Training Academy is for anyone who wants to increase their knowledge and confidence of LGBT inclusion at home, at work and in the community.

Pride in Practice is a nationally recognised LGBT inclusion programme. Having worked for almost a decade with NHS services, Pride in Practice trains and accredits using LGBT Foundation’s grass-roots expertise and community-insight with 45 years’ experience working with over 40,000 people per year and reaching 600,000 people online.

Since 2016, Pride in Practice has trained 9,185 individuals nationally. Over 980 primary care services have engaged with Pride in Practice. All services engaging with Pride in Practice have been able to demonstrate changes within their practice that more effectively meet the needs of LGBT people. 100% of those who took part were satisfied with the training.

Following Pride in Practice’s success in the healthcare sector, LGBT Foundation have developed the Pride in Practice Training Academy; an online curriculum of LGBT training modules. Whether it’s getting involved with targeted modules or the full training programme, every trainee will receive a certificate of completion to recognise their achievement and have the opportunity to become an accredited Pride in Practice Champion to demonstrate their leadership and commitment.

We invite you to be the pioneers of the Pride in Practice Training Academy and the founding Pride in Practice Champions as we bring LGBT inclusion expertise to everyone who wants and needs it.

Click here to find out more about training for individuals.

If you are looking for training for organisations, click here.

Click here to find out more about the Champion accreditation.

Nursing Students Funding

All nursing and midwifery students and many allied health students on degree courses from September 2020 will receive a payment of at least £5,000 a year, which they will not need to pay back. It is expected to benefit more than 35,000 students every year.

Students will receive at least £5,000 a year, with up to £3,000 further funding available for eligible students, including for:

  • specialist disciplines that struggle to recruit, including mental health
  • an additional childcare allowance, on top of the £1,000 already on offer
  • areas of the country which have seen a decrease in people accepted on some nursing, midwifery and allied health courses over the past year

For more information, please click here.

Physical Activity in Clinical Care


FREE training for healthcare professionals

A national network of expert Physical Activity Clinical Champions is delivering FREE tailored, peer to peer 1-3 hours training sessions to groups of healthcare professionals (HCPs) at a time and location to suit local needs e.g. Vocational Training Schemes, Protected Learning Time, lunchtime learning, etc.

How can I book a group training session?

Can you gather at least 12 HCPs and / or trainee HCPs for training?
Do you have access to a space to hold the training?
Will participants be able to attend for at least 1 hour (sessions can be extended but not reduced)?

If the answer to these three questions is YES contact today who will help connect you with your local Physical Activity Clinical Champion.



Reflective Group for Healthcare Professionals

Cath Harvey (group therapist) and Andreas Kyrris (GP) have been facilitating reflective groups for the past two years. We use the well-established Balint group format with a focus on supporting our group members with the emotional impact of their work and helping them to think about the practitioner-patient relationship. We are looking to expand our GP group which meets on the third Monday of each month at Cowley Road Medical Practice from 7-8:30pm. Non-GP practitioners as well as GPs are most welcome to join.

If you would like more information, please contact Andreas at



Fully funded training for community pharmacy professionals

Postgraduate qualifications are becoming ever more important as pharmacy professionals are asked to take on new roles. Take advantage of fully funded NHS training to develop your skills and prepare for an exciting change in the pharmacy profession.

Courses start regularly and allow you to study online, with minimal or no face to face time, depending on the course. The training is funded by the Pharmacy Integration Fund.



Previous Newsletters

Here are previous editions of the Oxfordshire Training Hub newsletter.

Please feel free to pass onto all your colleagues and get in touch with any questions or suggestions for inclusion in next month’s edition.

All feedback about the newsletter is welcome, we are always looking for ways to improve our service.

OTH Newsletter June 2020

OTH Newsletter May 2020

OTH Newsletter April 2020