• Tara Humphrey

The Diary of a CEPN Specialist Entry 7. What is a CEPN and Frequently Asked Questions

Updated: Nov 7, 2018

The purpose of this blog post series is to show you a behind-the-scenes look at the diverse role of a CEPN / primary care specialist.

In general, my day-to-day activities include:

  • attending conferences

  • writing funding proposals

  • writing strategies and operating plans

  • carrying out marketing activities

  • attending and chairing meetings

  • managing multiple diaries

  • creating educational resources

  • raising and chasing invoices

  • managing the project budget

  • meeting training providers to scope the educational components of a workshop

  • developing and updating project plans

  • networking

  • and in general trying to lend a helping hand to anyone that asks 

It’s a really diverse role and one that I love. This week’s highlights include:

  • Finalising operating plans worth £268k. (I’m so glad I have a team to support and help me with proof reading and formatting them)

  • I met with a university colleague who is supporting me to revise my paper on “General Practitioners’ Perceptions on Their Role and Readiness for Change in Response to the Emergence of New Care Models: A Qualitative Study” with the view that this will be submitted to the London Journal of Primary Care

  •  Setting a number of learning outcomes for some medical assistant workshops

I am also a business owner employing a small team , and this week I upgraded my team’s computers and moved in to a new office.

Frequently asked questions

What is a CEPN aka a Community Education Provider Network?

A network of health professionals working together to support recruitment, retention and professional development across general practices and community care.

How did you start supporting CEPNs and Primary Care?

The University where I used to work began supporting their local CEPN as there was alignment with their health-care education (I was a Business Development Manager) and I was invited to an evening meeting, which to be honest I was reluctant to attend, but I went and from then I was hooked!

Here I began working with an amazing group of GPs in the middle of setting up a Community Interest Company to help transform the way health-care education and training was delivered in general practice.

They had the clinical expertise and I had the business acumen.

Very quickly, I decided to leave my full-time permanent job without a job to go to, had 3 kids under the age of 5, was in the middle of an MBA and set my business up. I saw an opportunity and without much thought and the support of my husband, I took it.

Two and a half years on, through word of mouth, I have now supported 10 CEPNs, a CCG, a GP Federation and a physiotherapy service.

Where is your office based?

In Herne Bay, Kent but we work across Kent, Surrey, Sussex and London.

Thanks for reading :-)

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