• Tara Humphrey

How to get the most from your Community Education Provider Network (CEPN) Development Days

Updated: Jun 11, 2019

In South London, Kent, Surrey and Sussex, Health Education England run excellent development days to bring the CEPNs together to network, share best practice, share any latest developments and provide support on how to sustain your networks.

Typically, these events are jam packed, and for those new to the CEPN it can feel a bit overwhelming, so these 3 tips will hopefully help you to get the most out of these days.

  • Arrive early, claim your seat, grab a coffee, look through the information pack and come with a positive attitude.

I’m not going to lie, these events always result in me going back to the office with more things to do and more things to think about but, I also leave feeling that little bit more motivated, inspired and excited about developing something new or improving an aspect of one of my projects.

  • Plan to speak to 5 people you haven’t spoken to before, AKA network. I know its daunting if you’re not that way inclined, but I promise it will make your day that little bit more enjoyable.

The initial approach is the worst bit but by simply asking someone where they are based, what they do or what current projects they are working on will help those nerves to melt away.

  • Invite your board members to attend

  1. It will help them to feel more involved

  2. You will hopefully learn more about them

  3. It provides the opportunity to engage with them outside of your normal setting

  4. It will give them a wider insight into CEPNs