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The Oxfordshire Wellbeing Network brings together local organisations – whatever their community of interest. It could be housing, health, faith, a residents’ association, village or Parish Council, Patient Participation Groups, neighbourhood support, caring, self-help group, luncheon clubs.

We have direct access to the most senior decision makers in health and social care services.

We want your organisation to join us to:

  • Have your say
  • Join the conversation
  • Be heard

To attend register here

Inspire Improvement Fellowship 2020 for Clinical Nurse Leaders

  • Are you a clinical nurse/midwifery leader?
  • Leading a team of nurses and /or carers?
  • Keen to expand your skills in facilitating culture change?
  • Interested in person-centredness and continuous improvements in care and services at the frontline of practice?

The Inspire Improvement Fellowship is a development programme for frontline clinical nurse leaders. It is a funded programme supported by the Burdett Trust for Nursing.

We welcome applications from people from diverse backgrounds in any health or social care setting (UK wide).

Key features:

  • Designed specifically for clinical nurse/midwife/health visitor leaders
  • The twelve-month programme starts January 2020
  • Compulsory attendance at three two-day workshops in March, June and Sept 2020 in the West Midlands
  • A bursary of up to £3000 to support you
  • Individual workplace visits and telephone support from the programme leader to support you

Closing date:  4th November 2019 (1pm)

Interested? Read about the benefits of being a Fellow and how to apply

Download the learning outcomes here


OTH Newsletter September

Here is the September edition of the Oxfordshire Training Hub newsletter. This has lots of information about our activities and events/training happening within Oxfordshire and the surrounding areas for Primary Care.

This month’s edition has information on the ACP Survey, a Practice Link Worker conference and a Building Leadership for Inclusion course.

Any feedback about the newsletter is welcome.

OTH Newsletter September

Things are changing

From the 23rd September the Oxfordshire Training Network is changing it’s name to the Oxfordshire Training Hub. This is to align us with the terminology being used through out the NHS. Nothing else will be changing we will still be here to help with all your training needs and ensure you are updated with the latest opportunities.

OTH Newsletter August 2019

Here is the bumper August edition of the Oxfordshire Training Hub newsletter. This has lots of information about our activities and events/training happening within Oxfordshire and the surrounding areas for Primary Care.

This month’s edition has information on a General Practice Nursing Graduate Certificate Programme, the BOB wide GP Mentoring Scheme and Physician Associate Placement opportunities.

Any feedback about the newsletter is welcome.

OTH Newsletter August

Time for Care Quality Improvement for General Practice Nurses

Funded two day programme for the South East Region
14 and 15 January 2020
London city centre (venue to be confirmed)

“I gained a lot from attending the Quality Improvement workshop. It has been the highlight of my training this year. This should be offered to all nurses working in General Practice”. General Practice Nurse, Derby.

This programme is designed for all nurses working in general practice across the South East of England. It is one of a series being held across the country. As part of the Time for Care offer it is available through the General Practice Forward View and in support of the NHS Long Term Plan.
Attending the programme will provide you with:
• an opportunity to try out quality improvement tools and techniques and apply them to a change challenge of your choice
• reflection and learning with like minded colleagues from across the country
• an understanding of creating effective relationships to support your work.
It will show step-by-step how to use a number of tools and techniques, helping to build skills and confidence to make changes in your practice. Participants will need to bring a change challenge to work on during the programme – something you really want to improve back at your practice.
Your tutors will be experts in training and using quality improvement to make change happen. They are nurses, practice managers, GPs and coaches with a wealth of training experience.
This two day programme is run on consecutive days with accommodation provided for the middle night. Please note we are unable to reimburse costs for travel expenses and your evening meal.
Our programme received extremely positive feedback and demand is expected to be high so we would encourage you to request a place as soon as possible. A maximum of 35 delegate places are available, once these are filled, we will operate a reserve list.
To request a place please complete the online booking form by 18th November 2019. Link to online booking form:
If you would like further information about this programme please contact



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.



National Career Development and Leadership Programme for mid-career GPs


Looking for new opportunities?

At risk of burnout?

Phoenix GP are putting on a fully funded course, supported by NHSE, which is free to attend for successful applicants. There are no restrictions on who can apply, but the course is targeted at those who have been qualified for at least 3-5 years, and who are likely to be practising for at least another 10 years. This will take place across six evening sessions over six months, starting in October. There will be a mixture of talks from inspirational GPs or GP leaders and skills based workshops.

The deadline to apply is 20th September 2019. If you would like to apply, or would like to find out more information, please visit




Beginners training on the Global Burden of Disease (GBD)


The Global Burden of Disease Study is a comprehensive regional and global research program of disease burden that assesses mortality and disability from major diseases, injuries, and risk factors,

In the training session we will provide a brief introduction to the GBD (including its history, estimates and modelling) and then spend the rest of the time looking at the GBD Compare Tool.

GBD Compare is a web based interactive tool which allows you to visualise the results of the GBD Study. You can compare causes and risks within a country (now at Local Authority level), compare countries with regions or the world, and explore patterns and trends by geography, age, and gender.

The session will be hands-on and you will be expected to use the GBD Compare Tool. To participate you will need to have access to a Wi-Fi enabled laptop equipped with a modern browser (e.g. Chrome of Firefox). No prior knowledge of the GBD or the GBD Compare Tool is required, but you will be expected to have watched three short videos and read some blogs as preparation before you attend the day.

The date and venue is still to be confirmed but will take place in October at a London venue. 

The session will run from 10.30am to 4.00pm and will be hosted in PHE offices.

Because of the interactive nature of the training we will have to limit the numbers that can attend each session, but if we find that demand exceeds spaces we will offer the training again. Places for the training will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

To book your place on the training please email and please state which date/venue you wish to attend.



Nye Bevan programme - for aspiring senior leaders


This unique, award winning leadership development
programme helps aspiring senior (clinical and non-clinical)
leaders working in health and care to build personal
resilience, confidence, influence, capabilities, relationships
and networks, to prepare for the challenges and demands
of executive director (or equivalent) roles. To find out
more click here.



Workforce Development

Results of the workforce survey and what we are going to do about it


Thank you to everyone who completed the workforce and estates survey! We wanted to share with you the results of the survey and how we are going to support practices moving forward. The info sheet here shows the key findings and the support that we will provide practices to help with this. Many of the projects are currently in the planning stages, but we wanted to share this with you now, so that you can use it in you practice/PCN planning. We will of course let you know when this training is available



This plan is a joint one between Oxfordshire Training Hub and Oxfordshire CCG. If you have any questions please contact and



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



Upcoming FREE Motivational Interviewing / Behavioural Change training sessions in 2019

Specifically aimed at primary care staff delivering Care and Support Planning / the Year of Care approach with their patients living with long term conditions.

If you have ever tried to help someone change their health behaviour, you have probably realised that taking the expert role and telling the person what to do often does not work and usually leaves you feeling frustrated and the patient ambivalent.

Motivational Interviewing is an alternative technique that will help to amend this reaction and will build your confidence and consultation skills. The aim is for you to feel more comfortable about offering supportive and motivational conversations with patients about their lifestyle, how they may change unhealthy behaviours, form goal related plans and boost their faith in their own ability to succeed.

There are places available on the following training sessions.


Tuesday 24th – 1.00-4.00pm at Nettlebed surgery, Wanbourne Lane, RG9 5AJ


Tuesday 1st  – 1.00-4.00pm at Marcham Road Family Health Centre, Marcham Road, Abingdon OX14 1BT

Thursday 3rd – 1.00-4.00pm at Nuffield Health Centre, Welch Way, Witney OX28 6JQ

Thursday 10th – 1.00-4.00pm at Chipping Norton Health centre, Russell Way, Chipping Norton OX7 5FA (Opposite new Marks and Spencer/Costa Coffee)

Please email your preferred date and venue to:

Adding your name, contact details, position, practice and any other relevant information.

If you are unable to attend the 3 hour training sessions listed above, please note we offer shorter, bespoke in-house sessions in practices.

To find out more about these options, or details of the full training programme:

Please contact Clare Hodsdon:

or Cath Kearvell:



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.