What is the Primary Care Workforce & Training Hub?

We are one of Health Education England North East & Yorkshire’s Primary Care Training Hubs, working across all of the five ‘place’ areas for South Yorkshire & Bassetlaw which form the Integrated Care System (ICS.) We are part of the wider workforce hub for South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw, which also includes SYREC (South Yorkshire Region Education & Careers) and the SYB Faculty For Advanced Practice. We are aligned with the National Training Hub agenda as part of the GP Workforce 10 Point Plan.

What is the main aim of the Hub?

Our main aim is to support the growth and development of a resilient primary care workforce.

What does the Hub do?

  • Coordinates education & training for primary and community care
  • Increases the capacity of learning placements in Primary Care
  • Promotes inter-professional education
  • Assists Primary Care Networks with advice on workforce development
  • Facilitates the use of workforce tools for planning, retention & succession
  • Supports Federations and CCGs
  • Liaises with HEIs and training bodies
  • Supports the introduction of new roles in Primary Care
  • Develops initiatives to support practices to build their future workforce
  • Provides Fellowship/ Preceptorship training to support those new to working in GP.

How does the Hub work?

Our training hub has a team of clinicians and coordinators who work with individual practices, advising practice managers and clinicians about workforce initiatives available to them. We can also offer workforce planning advice and signpost the best available training and education.

We are also responsible for the coordination of GP places for undergraduate healthcare professionals across South Yorkshire & Bassetlaw. We help students to consider primary care as a future career and we help GP practices to meet their potential future workforce!

Our hub is supported and directed by clinicians and managers across the ICS who provide governance and clarity of purpose.

Who can access the Hub?

Our hub covers all 5 ‘place areas for South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw which form the Integrated Care System (ICS)- Sheffield, Doncaster, Rotherham, Barnsley and Bassetlaw. We are the point of contact for any primary care workforce queries and we are available to all primary care organisations across the ICS.

What is the history of the Hub?

Our training hub has its roots in the Health Education England Yorkshire & Humber ATP (Advanced Training Practice) Scheme. This Scheme was created as a model to address the projected national shortage of GP nurses by increasing the numbers of student nursing placements within primary care and by promoting and delivering initiatives designed to support the primary care workforce. The ATP Hub Scheme were the proud winners of the prestigious HSJ Award for Workforce in 2014.

The hub has been created by the merger of Primary Care Works ATP Hub (covering Barnsley, Rotherham, Doncaster and Bassetlaw) and Foundry Medical Group ATP Hub (covering Sheffield.) By merging together to form the South Yorkshire & Bassetlaw Primary Care Workforce & Training Hub, the team can now provide one single voice for primary and community care on ICS Boards and can be the single point of contact for primary care workforce queries in this area.

The SY&B Primary Care Workforce & Training Hub team:

Dr Pete Lane- Clinical Director HEE Workforce & Training Hubs across North East & Yorkshire

Dr Ben Jackson- Chair/ Strategic Advisor

Dr Alan Shirley- GP Clinical Director/ GP Fellowships Lead

Louise Berwick– Programme Lead

Emma Thompson– Nurse Manager/ Primary Care Nurse VTS Lead

Bridget Manning– Nurse Educator

Becky Howden– Nurse Educator

Jane Emerson– Nurse Educator

Sarah Newton– Nurse Educator

Heather Jones– Nurse Educator

Melanie Robinson– Business Support Manager

Elaine Clark – Admin & Communications Officer

Sanni Khan – Project Manager

Amy Collins – Project Manager

Jo Mirza – Project Manager

Liz Leggott – Project Manager (SY&B Primary Care Training Centre)

Rebecca Robinson – Project Manager (PCN Placements Pilot)

Heather Jackson – AHP Advanced Practice Advisor

Dr Amanda Barrett – GP Fellow/ Educator

Dr Robert Eastman – GP Fellow/ Educator

Javedul Islam – PA Preceptorship Lead/ Educator


Through this website, we aim to offer support and advice for those currently working, or hoping to work in primary care.