Latest News and Updates

OTH Newsletter February

Here is the February 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.

In this edition, we give some details about out new General Practice Fellowship scheme, as well as information on our paramedic forums.

Any feedback about the newsletter is welcome.

OTH Newsletter Feb 2020

HEE Thames Valley Funding Available for Advanced Clinical Assessment Training

Health Education England are providing funding for a number of skills training for Advanced Clinical Pharmacists. To receive the funding, you must complete the application form below by Wednesday 26th February 2020. For more information about what courses are covered, please see the leaflet below.

HEE ACP Funding Information Leaflet 2020

ACP Application for Funding 2020

Oxford Health CPD Zone

The Oxford Health CPD Zone is dedicated to supporting everyone working in Primary Care across Thames Valley and Wessex.  Their focus is continuing professional development opportunities, signposting and suggesting resources.  Click on the below link to see the page and view all their calendar, news and resource information.

Oxford Health CPD Zone

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.

OTH Newsletter January

Here is the January 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.

To start the new year the team have been reflecting on all our achievements in 2019 and how our activity has grown. We have put together an overview of some of our highlights.

Also in this edition:

  • Return to practice day for GPs
  • Care Certificate for HCAs and CQC standards
  • Insulin initiation training for GPs and Nurses
  • Primary Care Clinical Supervisors Course
  • Regional and Local Events to Support Link Workers

Any feedback about the newsletter is welcome.

OTH Newsletter January

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.



What are the challenges to staying healthy for your community




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

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.



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



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.