Courses & Events
Wessex GP Education Trust facilitates and provides a series of courses aimed at stimulating GPs in their Continuing Professional Development as well as updating them on existing skills and knowledge.
The courses take place in a variety of venues and with a range of duration.
Wessex GP Educational Trust
The Wessex GP Educational Trust (WGPET) is a charity formed in 1990 to provide funding for educational events run by GP Programme Directors.
It funds a wide range of events and small groups throughout the area served by Health Education England (Wessex). It does not receive any public money but is funded from the subscriptions paid by its members. After paying a subscription members can, without charge, attend as many mainstream events underwritten by the Trust as they wish.
The WGPET website aims to signpost all events and resources supporting education and development for local GPs from a number of providers and is an excellent starting point to see what education is provided in the region.
GP Health and Wellbeing
Do you have learning or development needs but aren't sure how to address them? Are you finding the demands of modern general practice, your patients and working in the NHS overwhelming? If so, please take a look at Wessex Insight provided by Wessex LETB in collaboration with the Wessex LMC.
These lunchtime meetings are provided in 3 localities across our area with the aim of supporting education and networking among GPs in their local areas.
They are funded by the Wessex GP Educational Trust and attendance is free to members. No booking is required - just turn up and you will be welcomed whether you are a local partner, salaried GP or just happen to be locuming nearby.
GenScan Lunchtime Meetings
Organiser: Dr Ildar Abdoulline
Venue: Meeting Room, Aldermoor Surgery, Aldermoor Close, Southampton, SO16 5ST
Aldermoor Surgery Website
Time: 1.00 - 1.50 (Lunch 12.30pm) Tuesdays, weekly and term time only
Forest Gate Surgery Lunchtime Meetings
Organiser: Dr Stuart McInnes
Venue: Forest Gate Surgery, Hazel Farm Road, Totton, Southampton, SO40 8WU
Forest Gate Surgery Website
Time: 1.00 - 2.00 (lunch 12.30) one Friday per month
Evimed Lunchtime Meetings
Organiser: Dr Hannah Rycroft
Venue: The Arnewood Practice, Milton Medical Centre, Avenue Road, New Milton, BH25 5JP
The Arnewood Practice Website
Time: 1.00 - 2.00pm (Lunch 12.30pm) one Tuesday per month
Newly Qualified GPs
If you are a newly qualified GP in your first 5 years and working in Southampton/West Hampshire you are warmly invited to join us at our monthly evening education meetings.
The meetings occur on the first Wednesday or Thursday of the month (the day alternates each month), during term time, at the Spire Hospital, Chalybeate Close, Southampton, SO16 6UY.
The evenings start at 6.45pm with hot meals and beverages, followed by a consultant led talk from 7.30 - 8.30pm.
The evenings are informal, relaxed and a great way to catch up with newly qualified colleagues and is strongly recommended if you are new to the area.
In order to attend, please email Katherine Barnes to be added to the First 5 email list. You will then be sent a monthly reminder and opportunity to register for each meeting.
Are you within seven years of starting as a GP (CCT date)?
Do you work in West Hampshire CCG or Southampton City CCG areas, as a locum, salaried or partner?
If so we are offering two opportunities to access ongoing professional support and development.
- Practice based small group learning (PBSGL)
- Clinical practitioner sessions
Practice Based Small Group Learning ( PBSGL )
PBSGL is an innovative approach to Continuing Professional Development for General Practitioners. It originated in Canada in 1986 and since 2005 it has grown rapidly in Scotland and England with over 25% of GPs in Scotland and Canada being a member of a small group. Across the world there are now over 5000 GP and PN members involved in PBSGL groups. Practitioners use it as a way of maintaining their CPD and closing the gap between current practice and "best practice" and is well-placed to fulfil the requirements of Appraisal and Revalidation.
Since 2005 PBSGL has helped reduce professional isolation, and is particularly valued by those GPs and Practice Nurses who may live and work far from other educational resources. The chance to talk with colleagues about everyday clinical matters, in a facilitated educational environment, has led to successful groups lasting for many years.
There are numerous groups active, 1092 meetings held and 21 meetings booked, in WHCCG/SCCCG areas and new groups can always be set up. Currently in the England PBSGL there are 912 activated subscribers with access to the existing 117 modules. Groups can be created
and added to the website. Groups can be found on the website.
The groups are facilitated and the group lead can book a facilitator session through the website.
We will pay for access for one year for GPs within seven years of completing CCT working in WHCCG or SCCCG practices to 117 modules in the following areas:
- Cardiovascular / Renal
- Dermatology / ENT / Ophthalmology
- Endocrinology / Haematology
- Mental health
- Non-clinical Topics
- Genito-urinary / Obstetrics and Gynaecology
- Palliative Care / Cancer Care
- Patent Safety
This will be on a first come first served basis. To subscribe please register with PBSGL on www.pbsgl.co.uk and click on subscriptions. Any problems please email Katherine Barnes for further advice.
Clinical Practitioner Sessions
Southampton Primary Care Limited (SPCL) is a federation of GP practices delivering Primary Care at scale in the city of Southampton. Our service provision includes: 0800-2100 Enhanced Access to Primary Care service (minor illness pre-booked and on the day, LTC reviews, exacerbations, practice nursing services, phlebotomy and self-referral physiotherapy) , LARC (contraception only), Acute Visiting Services, ED streaming (GPs working alongside ED to relieve pressure) and Enhanced Health to Care Homes (MDT). SPCL has a full clinical team of GPs, Advanced Nurse Practitioners (prescribers), nurses, HCA, and physiotherapists supported by a clinical and operational leadership team. We work from 8 sites across the city and all the services are coordinated from the central communication hub which hosts the shared
IT and telephony system. All services have access to full patient records.
The GP would have the option to undertake up to 3 sessions in the services, ranging from sitting in with an experienced to running a session with a supervising GP with access to full operational and administrative support as well as senior clinical oversight from the Medical Director and CEO (GP). The supervisee would be paid an honorarium of £100 per session to facilitate this developmental opportunity.
The GP would also access the ongoing clinical supervision, PEER review and training sessions with the clinical team of SPCL. Each practitioner also has an NHSE records review to assess their record keeping and prescribing against best practice. SPCL run a training college which delivers all statutory and mandatory training and specialist training where identified. We link with the RCGP and LMC trainers to deliver this. We are linked with Southampton University and Health Education England (Deanery) in our training role for Nursing. Physiotherapy and OT students (emerging placements).
All of SPCL services are integrated and we work with; South Coast Ambulance Service to take calls when ambulances have been called but do not think conveyance to hospital is required, community teams, nursing and residential homes (especially in the OOH period) to offer advice and guidance, prescription queries or requests and 111 who triage 6, 12 and 24 hour dispositions to us outside of core GMS hours.
Practitioners from any area have the opportunity for portfolio working experience across the scope of wider primary care services in a supported environment with experienced staff.
To book sessions please contact David Fosket.
Practice Away Days
Thinking of a Practice Away Day?
Practice away days are potentially very educational for the individual as well as team building for the practice. In the past, the Southampton GP Programme Director team has funded professional facilitation for such days to help with the process. Whilst some of that expertise is still available (please contact the office if you wish to discuss that further), we are able to offer some financial assistance to practices undertaking away days if the meet the following criteria:
- They have a programme for the day with educational objectives.
- The programme meets the criteria for "education accreditation" and an application is submitted.
- The GP Principals or Sessional GPs involved are members of the Wessex GP Education Trust. (Obviously not everyone in every practice is a member of the Trust but if the majority of the GPs attending an away are then the funding may be available)
If all the above criteria are met, then under these circumstance it is possible to obtain some funding from the Wessex GP Educational Trust on behalf of the members, which would go towards some of the educational costs of the day.
So, if example, you are undertaking an away day with structured accredited educational activity it is possible to have funding towards that process up to £8.00 per hour, per GP, who is a full member of the Wessex GP Educational Trust, under scheme B (the final figure will depend on the costs involved).
Practice Based Educational Accreditation Scheme (P.E.A.S)
The Practice Education Accreditation Scheme (PEAS) provides funding for practice in-house educational meetings. It is overseen by the GP Programme Directors and funded by WGPET.
To be eligible practices must have 8 or more educational meetings a year (of at least 1 hour duration) and provide a brief description of the learning from each meeting. Forms are provided, which can also be used to provide evidence for personal PDPs and appraisal portfolios. Please see below.
Each full paying WGPET member who attends the meetings earns the practice £75.00 per year to support the meetings, which is payable to the practice upon the completion of a one year programme of regular meetings.
Full details for the scheme can be found through the WGPET website.
Running an Educational Meeting
Should you wish to run an educational event, please complete the application form which looks at the aims and the objectives of the course.
The application process aims to accredit that courses are of a quality standard and relevant to GPs. These courses can then be advertised through our email lists and website.
For more details please email Katherine Barnes
Sessional GPs are all GPs who are not working as a Partner in a practice. Sessional GPs have varying access to GP education and support depending on their working arrangements and location. Our GP Programme Director for these GPs is Dr Julie Chinn.
If you would like to be included on the Sessional GP email list and kept informed of relevant educational information, as well as information for job vacancies, please contact Julie Chinn via Katherine Barnes
Additional Information for Sessional GPs is available through the National Association of Sessional GPs here.
Sessional GPs Peer Support Meetings
These meetings are held every month and are open to all Sessional GPs in Southampton and the surrounding areas to provide peer support.
These meetings are free to members of the Wessex GP Educational Trust (WGPET). The WGPET may invoice non-members £15 per hour for attending courses. For further information please visit the WGPET website.
Organiser: Dr Julie Chinn, Programme Director
Venue: Southern House, Otterbourne, SO21 2RU
Time: 1.30 - 3.30pm (lunch not provided)