The Enhance Programme: an evaluation of regional approaches to enhancing generalist skills in healthcare

Ward, Meghann ORCID logo ORCID: , Grimwood, Tom ORCID logo ORCID: and Snell, Laura ORCID logo ORCID: (2022) The Enhance Programme: an evaluation of regional approaches to enhancing generalist skills in healthcare. (Unpublished) Item availability may be restricted.

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Health Education England’s (HEE) Enhance Generalist Programme is an interwoven professional development offer, enhancing generalist skills of clinicians, and changing how they work within local health systems.

“The healthcare workforce must continually adapt to meet the needs of the society that it serves, and the need for all healthcare professionals to develop a range of generalist skills has been identified as a key priority for reform. Learning from the COVID-19 pandemic has reinforced how crucial these skills are in enabling clinicians of all disciplines to work effectively to better meet patient need and to improve the health and wellbeing of local populations. The Enhance, or Enhancing Generalist Skills, programme, is the vehicle for delivering that vision.” (Enhance Programme Handbook)

As a development programme, Enhance is delivered throughout conventional clinical training and education, organised into six discrete domains: Person-centred practice; Complex multimorbidity; Population health; System working; Social justice and health equity; Environmental sustainability.

Four themes additionally cut across all of these six domains: Wellbeing; Leadership; Digital; Transformative reflection.

A core aspect of the Enhance offer is flexibility in delivery and attainment, and the ability for each HEE region to tailor its offer to address the local needs and resources of institutions and systems. Hence, domain outcomes could be achieved through the delivery of learning (e.g., short courses), experience of learning (e.g., structured work activity), or evidenced activities (e.g., recognition of other formal or informal learning).

In order to test the viability of Enhance as a national programme, each HEE region was allotted resources to set up one or more ‘Trailblazer sites’ within specific localities.

Between February and October 2022, HEE commissioned Health and Society Knowledge Exchange (HASKE) at the University of Cumbria to evaluate the Enhance programme, and the work of the Trailblazer sites to date.

Item Type: Report
Departments: Health and Society Knowledge Exchange (HASKE)
Additional Information: This report has been commissioned by Health Education England (HEE) and was produced by Dr. Meghánn Ward, Prof. Tom Grimwood and Dr. Laura Snell from Health and Society Knowledge Exchange (HASKE), University of Cumbria.
Depositing User: Laura Snell
Date Deposited: 28 Sep 2023 17:12
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