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Education Training Research - Significant Issues Group

National Co-ordinating Centre for Research Capacity Development (NCC RCD)


Significant Issues Group for Education, Training & Research


Introduction to the Competency Framework

As part of NatPaCT’s programme of work to assist Primary care Trusts (PCTs) in becoming ‘fit for purpose’ post ‘Shifting the Balance of Power’, several groups have been established to provide specific support in areas where there are significant issues. The aim of this particular Group was to develop guidance to build competent PCTs who continuously carry out education, training and research as an integral part of providing modernised health services.As part of this the Group developed a competency framework which sets out the competencies that PCTs need to deliver in relation to education, training and research, identifying measurable outputs and links to sources of support.

The group used the report produced in March 2004 as a result of the Joint Ministerial Review of the Role of Primary Care Trusts in Relation to Learning and Research in the New NHS to inform their early thinking

In addition, a service evaluation toolkit is now available to enable PCTs to establish their baseline, identify areas in need of development and achieve their competencies.

The Framework has been initially piloted using several PCT’s and we are very grateful for their input and resource.

The membership for the Significant Issues Group was as follows:

Dr Shahid Ali

Allerton Health Centre, Bradford

Professor Tony Butterworth

Chief Executive, Trent WDC

Dr Phil Candy

Director, NHSU

Professor Yvonne Carter

Dean, WarwickMedicalSchool

Dr Lisa Cotterill

Assistant Director, NCC RCD

Mr John Ennis

Branch Head, DH Corporate Affairs & Partnership Unit

Professor Steve Field

Postgraduate Dean for West Midlands

Ms Helen Hally

Director of Nursing, Haringey PCT

Ms Rhian Hughes

Research Manager, Primary Care Sciences Research Centre

Dr Helen Jenkins

Associate Director of R&D, Greater Manchester SHA

Professor Karen Luker

School of Nursing Dean, University of Manchester

Professor Nigel Mathers

Chair of General Practice & Director of Institute of General Practice & Primary Care, University of Sheffield

Ms Alison Pighills

Senior Awards Manager, NCC RCD

Ms Caroline Pike

Assistant Director, NPCDT

Professor Martin Roland

Director, NPCR&DC, University of Manchester

Dr Kate Fallon

Medical Director, Ashton, Leigh and Wigan PCT

Mr Graham Saunders

Associate Director, West Yorkshire WDC

Ms Regina Shakespeare

Chief Executive, Luton teaching PCT

Professor Wesley Vernon

Chair, RFAHP

Professor John Williams

Director, WORD

Dr Sue Wilson

Chair, UKFPCRN, University of Birmingham

Professor Cliff Bailey

Director, NCC RCD

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