The first NHS managers to successfully complete the National Association of Primary Care’s Diploma in Advanced Primary Care Management were awarded the qualification at a special ceremony in London yesterday (Wednesday 27 February).
Embarking their studies for the level 7 diploma in October 2017, the first cohort of managers completed the programme alongside their roles in primary care as practice and business managers.
The one-year diploma equips managers to develop primary care at scale – including primary care homes and networks, which are the cornerstone of the NHS Long Term Plan.
It is designed for people who are managing primary care and becoming responsible for creating and running primary care at scale including NAPC’s primary care home model – an established primary care network – as well as other types of primary care networks and GP super practices.
Offering a practical and ‘how to’ focused curriculum, the online diploma has three modules on personal effectiveness and leadership, NHS policy, law and governance, and healthcare and business finance. It is aimed primarily at practice and primary care business managers – who are key to developing and running primary care networks.
Professor James Kingsland OBE, President, NAPC, said: “Congratulations to our first intake students who successfully completed the Diploma in Advanced Primary Care Management. We are all impressed with the dedication they’ve shown – particularly because they studied the course alongside very busy managerial roles in primary care.
“The diploma equips NHS professionals with the skills and competencies to manage primary care networks – in particular primary care homes, which are central to the NHS Long Term Plan. Focussing on topics such as leadership, governance and healthcare finances, the diploma is the perfect training for anyone working in the evolving primary care environment.”
Dianne Taylor, project manager, K2 Healthcare, said: “As a result of studying the diploma, I have skills and knowledge to develop the primary care network model in my area. I recently started a new job project managing primary care at scale in two localities – the diploma gave me the confidence to apply for it and has had a very positive impact in my new role.”
More information about the diploma can be found here.
For more information about the primary care home programme please click here.