The Primary Care Training Centre has been training members of the primary care team since 1996, when we started out as the Diabetes Training Centre. Since that time, when we employed just one person (who is still with us today!) and held workshops in a local hotel, the number of courses we offer has expanded dramatically, and we now hold most workshops at Crow Trees, our grade II listed building in Idle, Bradford.
We have worked with the Local Education & Training Board under its various appellations for over ten years. Our contract covers anybody who works in primary care throughout the Yorkshire & Humber region (originally just the West Yorkshire area) and means that over 14,000 students have been able to access a funded place on one of our courses. We have recently been quality assured and ratified by the Yorkshire & Humber Clinical Skills Network. Many of our courses are accredited by Teesside University, so purchasers of our courses can be assured that we follow standards set by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education.
Our Clinical Director Linda Goldie, who supports our collaboration with Teesside University, works part time as a clinician but also is a fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and is therefore able to facilitate the clinical education demands of students against the quality assurance standards of our accrediting university.
So what do we offer? Our range of courses covers a variety of topics to suit both health care professionals and allied staff, from our popular distance learning courses in long term disease management to study days and short courses. Whilst courses run throughout the year at our centre in Idle, Bradford, we can also deliver any of our workshop days in any area, subject only to minimum numbers. There is no charge for this. We can even tailor our courses to suit local guidelines.
We listen to our students and those who commission education with us. Many of our courses have been developed at their request. Many other training organisations have switched to e-Learning, and we have developed our own electronic packs. Feedback from our students told us that an overwhelming majority prefer to receive a learning pack they can actually hold, flick through and make notes in, so our electronic version had to be even better and offer even more. It allows students to create a virtual scrapbook, in which they can store highlighted sections from the pack, make their own notes or even attach a virtual “post-it” note. There’s be a dashboard with easy access to any part of the pack, and an interactive glossary which will show definitions of key words in the text, and much, much more. Students who complete the course will be able to pay a small annual subscription to receive continual access with rolling updates.
The overall learning experience is also the reason that we continue to offer workshop days here at the training centre and on our satellite courses. There’s nothing like face to face tuition from a knowledgeable, approachable tutor to enhance learning and to make sure that it is memorable. For example, there are several e-Learning courses about Phlebotomy, but none of these offers students the hands-on chance to actually take blood. At the PCTC we use simulation models, and every student on the course will get to draw a venous sample.
Our tutors all work in primary care, specialising in their chosen subject. We do not use cascade training, and all our tutors are selected by us and approved by Teesside University. They are first and foremost health care professionals, many of whom hold a teaching qualification, not university lecturers, and their knowledge and skills at grass roots level is reflected in the quality of the evaluations we receive from our students. Our emphasis is on multi-disciplinary training, because learning as a team supports working as a team.
One of our recent innovations is our Certificate of Higher Education in Primary Care, aimed at Health Care Assistants (HCAs). HCAs can pick from a suite of modules the ones that best suit both them and their practice, and build up enough credits to obtain this formal university qualification. A combination of workshop days, distance learning and on-the-job training under the supervision of a nurse mentor means that the HCA really can study while they work, and gain credit for it. Since we started offering the Cert. HE, eight students have graduated and two of those have gone on to access nurse training.
In September 2014, we ran our first Regional Health Care Assistant Conference, an educational taster day with presentations by the Royal College of Nursing, Teesside University and ten different workshop sessions delivered by our tutors. This has now become an annual event, with the next conference to be held in September 2016.
We work with the CPD Certification Service, recognising that many students neither need full academic credits nor have the time for the rigours of an academic assessment. CPD Certified courses use exactly the same learning materials as our accredited courses, and are assessed by the CPD Certification Service as conforming to industry-wide CPD guidelines. Students must still attend the workshop days and complete a short exam, but there is no need for them to submit a written case study.
Linda Goldie - Clinical Director
Linda has been a nurse for more years than she likes to admit to! Whilst working as a Practice Nurse in the 1990s she became interested in the type of education being delivered to the Primary Care team. This interest led to the development of the Primary Care Training Centre. Sixteen years on, the Training Centre is a nationally known educational establishment and fills most of Linda’s time where she is Clinical Director. She does however keep her feet firmly grounded in primary care by working one day a week in a very busy GP practice as a diabetes specialist practice nurse. Linda is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
Mark Sheldon - Finance Director
Mark is responsible for all PCTC finances and marketing. He is a qualified CIMA accountant.
Dr Manjit Purewal - Diabetes Tutor
Manjit qualified in 1993 from Dundee. Initially he followed a career in psychiatry before becoming a GP. He moved to Leeds in 1998 and has worked as a GP since then. He has been a tutor in diabetes for the Primary Care Training Centre since 2004. Manjit has been actively involved in the development of practice based commissioning groups which have been super seeded by Clinical Commissioning Groups since the introduction of the Integrated Health and Social Care Act. He is Clinical Director for NHS Leeds North CCG and is the lead clinician for mental health including dementia.
Judith Coggles - Diabetes Tutor
Judith trained as a General Nurse before doing Midwifery and then returning to medical nursing in hospital. She found how much she enjoyed teaching students and qualified as a Nurse Tutor, teaching at Kings College Hospital in London. There she developed a love for diabetes before diagnosing herself with the disease! After having her first child she was asked to set up Practice Nursing in a local GP surgery and quickly started gathering patients with diabetes in her clinics. She was one of the first students to complete the PCTC Diabetes Course in 1996 and since then has been teaching with the PCTC while continuing to run diabetes clinics in the same GP surgery. Her own diabetes has travelled through twice daily injections to four times daily, and in 2000 she was lucky enough to get an insulin pump.
Jan Procter-King - Tutor
Jan has trained thousands of nurses and primary care professionals across the British Isles in the field of cardiovascular prevention and management. She is also editor in chief for the well established and very successful British Journal of Primary Care Nursing for cardiovascular disease, diabetes and kidney care.
Her inspirational teaching style has led to a great following in this field. Clinical accuracy and practicality is core and Jan retains her practice nursing role to ensure her feet are on the ground. The use of stories, characterisation and general laughter continue to make her a real educational favourite.
Gill Ryan - Ear Care Tutor
Gill has been a registered nurse for 28 years, working in hospital and community as a clinician, manager and nurse educator. She is one of 28 national trainers in ear care, affiliated with Rotherham Primary Ear Care Centre. Gill’s day job is lecturer at Bradford University for pre and post registered nurses as she believes and is passionate about education and learning, ensuring ‘it’s fun, interactive, engaging and evidence based’. Gill returns to the conference after a hugely popular interactive session last year.
Jo Briscoe - HCA Tutor
Jo has been a Practice Nurse for longer than she cares to remember! She has been a partner in her practice for the last 8 years.
Jo is the lead tutor for the Immunisation for Healthcare Assistants course and also tutors on the Chaperone course at the training centre.
When she is not at the surgery or teaching, Jo enjoys cycling & knitting, (though not at the same time!) and bringing up her young son.