Barnet Community Education Provider Network (CEPN) was launched in 2014 to improve the health, wellbeing and care available to people in Barnet through strengthening the health and care workforce. We receive funding from Health Education England (North Central and East London) to deliver against the priorities of the NCEL Sustainability Transformation Plan. We also work closely with Barnet CCG and with the Public Health Team in Barnet.
Barnet has a diverse population, with some relatively deprived areas and other more affluent areas. Barnet is the second most populous borough in London with about 370,000 residents, many of whom are older. There are approximately 88 registered care homes in the borough and many people move to Barnet to reside in these homes. Many immigrants have moved to parts of Barnet too, including young families with children.
Health services are commissioned by Barnet Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG). There are about 60 general practices and 66 pharmacies in Barnet. Central London Community Healthcare Trust is the community services provider and Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust provides secondary care on its Barnet Hospital site. Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health Trust provides mental health services and the London Borough of Barnet provides social care. Barnet also has a hospice. There are two community hospitals (Edgware Community Hospital in the West and Finchley Memorial Hospital in the centre), both providing community beds and walk-in centres.
Prior to the creation of Barnet CEPN, no organisation took overall responsibility for the education and development of the primary and community workforce. Barnet CEPN has brought more than 30 organisations together to focus on how the workforce can best be developed to support local communities.
By 2020, the network aims to have:
- increased access to training and development for the health and care workforce in Barnet
- improved the morale of health and care workers and the extent to which workers feel valued
- improved the integration of health and care services
Barnet CEPN comprises more than 30 groups working together across sectors and disciplines.. The local acute trust is part of the CEPN Board, alongside representatives from the clinical commissioning group, patients, GP Federation, Local Pharmacy Committee, public health, community services, mental health, social care and others.
A key activity of the network in 2017/18 involved helping to set up cross organisation and cross sector working parties to focus on priority topics such as workforce issues, care in the last phase of life, medical assistant roles and pharmacy. The working parties brought together interested groups to strategically plan approaches to improving the quality of care, including the provision of training and development opportunities. These working parties helped to raise the profile of the network, acting as a tangible demonstration of the role that Barnet CEPN can play in bringing organisations together. Please see our projects section to find out more about the individual projects we ran last year and those we are planning to run this year.
The network ran 63 multiprofessional collaborative learning group sessions, with colleagues attending from a wide range of primary care, community and acute disciplines. A development this year was practice managers facilitating their own collaborative learning sessions to enhance joint working and consistency across general practices.