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New training programmes on personalised care available to practice managers

by Rachel Carter
16 September 2020

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Practice managers will be able to access training programmes on personalised care via a new virtual organisation launched by the Royal College of GPs (RCGP).

The Personalised Care Institute (PCI), funded by NHS England, will offer all health and care staff access to evidence-based training programmes on a range of personalised care topics, including shared decision making, care and support planning, social prescribing and community-based support, and supported self-management.

Professionals will initially be able to access an e-learning course on core skills for personalised care, with more courses to be added soon, the RCGP said.

The NHS Long Term Plan committed to ensuring that 2.5 million people are given personalised care by 2024, alongside the training of at least 75,000 clinicians.

The PCI is due to receive £2.2m from NHS England over the next five years, as part of realising this ambition, the RCGP said.

Professor Martin Marshall, RCGP chair, said: ‘We know that new training programmes for roles within primary care networks are constantly being developed and the PCI will quality assure and accredit training programmes, ensuring that health and care professionals accessing the best available courses.

He added: ‘We hope that users will find this virtual hub useful and that it will help colleagues across the NHS and care sectors attain professional development goals. Even the smallest of changes to clinical working practices can make a significant difference to our patients.’

Jo Churchill, minister for prevention, public health and primary care, said: ‘The launch of the Personalised Care Institute is a fantastic achievement and a step forward in helping people access more personalised care.

‘The Institute will play an important role in equipping health and care workers with the knowledge and skills to provide truly personalised care, empowering people to take more control over their health conditions and lives.’