Here's an example of teamwork at its best in Northamptonshire
Royal Parks PCN is the first PCN within the county to embrace the ARRS funded Hybrid Apprentice Trainee Nurse Associate role into each of their 4 GP surgeries.
Once registered with the NMC, the qualified hybrid Nurse Associates will provide care for those 4 practice populations both within the surgery-flexing time when activity demands, then bridging the gap between the practice and the district nursing team.
This role will support the Nursing home ward rounds with GPs, work closely with frailty teams as well as undertaking QOF reviews in the patients’ home. This aim is to increase patient satisfaction and help to reduce health inequalities, by tailoring care to the patients’ needs. As we look to the future this role may even include participation in delivering virtual wards.
The PCN will receive £8000 from HEE for the 2-year apprenticeship to help with backfill costs.
Each practice would in effect train their own staff member, rather than having to ‘share’ between several practices, providing the students with a clinical base in which to learn their new skills and develop their role.
As an apprentice the salary is fully reimbursed by ARRS, levy for the course is gifted from ICB partners, this is in effect nil cost to the practice.
Once qualified all salaries can be claimed through ARRS.
The PCN would employ, interview and recruit with all practices involvement therefore giving the nursing team and the apprentice an immediate sense of belonging and a shared vision to achieving holistic care for all the surgery’s patients.
The Training Hub team have supported with the advertisement, recruitment and interviewing of the potential candidates and will provide pastoral support throughout the programme to both the student and practice.
If your PCN would like to find out more about this transformational role, please contact us via