Roehampton nursing teaching staff joined by GP Fellows in partnership with Health Education England

  • Monday, December 19, 2022
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The University of Roehampton’s Nursing Education department has been joined by two new colleagues as part of the Salaried Portfolio Innovation (SPIN) scheme, a New to Practice Fellowship scheme in collaboration between Health Education England (HEE) and NHS England (NHSE).

Dr Emma Cook (right) and Dr Katie Scott (left), General Practitioners (GPs) at Kingston Health Centre and Morden Hall Medical Centre respectively, have joined Roehampton’s nursing education staff through the scheme.

The SPIN Fellowship is a new programme that has been designed to aid in the recruitment and retention of newly qualified GPs and General Practice Nurses (GPNs) to salaried posts in primary care.

The scheme helps to support the development of specialist interest portfolio opportunities to GPs and GPNs to ensure they feel supported throughout their career.

Dr Cook and Dr Scott applied for the teaching roles through this scheme and will be working on simulation sessions, teaching clinical skills and providing support to other modules with the aim of sharing their expertise in primary care.

Dr Scott said ‘I’m really excited to join the team and looking forward to being involved in the education of future nursing colleagues. [University-based nursing teaching] is something I’ve not done before, so I’m hoping to encourage more nurses to work in primary care settings, but also learn new [teaching] skills for myself.

Dr Cook said ‘I’m really excited about joining the team and it’s been great to meet so many friendly faces so far. I look forward to the new challenge and opportunities ahead. It’s great that this course has a focus on primary health care delivery, and it will be quite interesting to bring our perspective from working on the frontline in primary care. We can help with the delivery of the course and bring an input from what we experience on a day-to-day basis into the teaching’.

Paul Newcombe, Director of Nurse Education said ‘We are extremely pleased to be hosting two GP Fellowships in partnership with Health Education England.Emma and Katie bring a huge amount of knowledge and experience which will be invaluable for Roehampton Nursing Students. This is also a great opportunity to provide continuing professional development for the healthcare workforce in southwest London. Hopefully, Emma and Katie will be the first of many GP and GP Nurse Fellows, underlining our commitment to increasing recruitment and retention in Primary Care.’