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Howbeck working with Keele University on new MSci in Paramedic Science

We are delighted to have been working with Keele University on their new and exciting MSci in Paramedic Science which is at the forefront of paramedic education in the UK

Due to commence later this year, this innovative 4-year integrated Master’s programme reflects the expanding role of the profession in delivering complex and high-quality care in a wide range of healthcare organisations and environments.

We were invited to form part of the validation event for ‘practice placement providers’ for the paramedic science programme representing primary care in Staffordshire. 

We are very pleased to inform the programme was approved with minor conditions by the HCPC and the University. In addition, the programme will gain endorsement, subject to minor conditions, by the college of paramedics (one of very few programmes in the UK to gain this recognition).

We very much looking forward to working with Keele University to place paramedics to support the future workforce in primary care in Staffordshire.


Launch of the new platform

We are pleased to announce that we have now launched our brand new website,
How2 is a learning resource site providing a range of instructional videos designed to help GP practice staff make the best use of available Primary Care IT, and to introduce practices to new IT solutions.
A lot of the content on the site has been funded by Cheshire and Merseyside HCP but is available to view for FREE by anyone with an email.
The platform currently has approximately 80 videos in total, with content covering a range of IT systems, (EMIS, Docman, AccuRX, iGPR, APEX etc) and a special bundle dedicated to the GP Appointment Data (GPAD) programme which includes the latest updates. 
The site has some great features including video timestamps and we have more features being released soon.
If you work in a primary care setting we would love you to try the site and if you find it useful, tell others about it too! We are always open to new ideas for useful content too so once you have registered, please let us know by using the contact tab!
If you provide software to primary care and wish to donate content for us to either demo your product or explain its usage, please get in touch.

If you want to commission any specific videos from us get in touch we can help support local initiatives or help publicise your product. If you are training staff to work in primary care get in touch to get access to our content for your students.


Staffordshire Physician Associate Internship Future Proposals to support organisations across the country

Howbeck Healthcare have been leading the way with North Staffordshire GP Federation on their unique and innovative Staffordshire Physician Associate Internship Programme.  Over the last number of years, the internship has supported over 31 PAs across Staffordshire and Shropshire STPs and an additional 6 PAs in Birmingham and Solihull.  The internship programme has been successful due to the dual role across primary and secondary care and  the bespoke programme of education and support for the PAs and practices. 

Based on our success, we are working with Health Education England on a proposal to support other providers and organisations across the country with our offer of support on a number of proposals whether its support to deliver an internship programme from the onset or simply to commission the established teaching programme available. 

In addition, for all new PAs who join the internship programme, they are offered our online video resources  Howbeck’s How2 to improve or refresh their IT skills in primary care with support bundles / videos of EMIS Web; docman and specific bundles for various clinicians.

For more information please contact


Newcastle Central PCN give glowing review of our facilitation service

We have received the below testimonial from Newcastle Central PCN following a facilitated session in March 2021 that we led on.

“The remote session with Mike and Lisa was really beneficial for the PCN as a whole. The pre-work leading up to the session and session itself had effects that were immediate. Mike as a facilitator was able to quick study the PCN and tailor the session to our specific requirements and in terms of what we wanted to focus on as a PCN in the coming months i.e. ARRS roles, Decision Making Processes. Mike was able to steer our discussions to an ultimate, productive outcome – the session has invoked a positive change for the PCN. We would recommend your services highly as a facilitator and look forward to working with you again.” – Newcastle Central PCN


Freedom to Speak Up Service appears in National Guardians Office Annual Report

Our Freedom to Speak Up (FTSU) service has been complimented in the National Guardians Office Annual Report. Within the report Steven Pink, CEO for SELDOC Healthcare said, “The introduction of a Freedom to Speak Up policy and the presence of a guardian external to the organisation from Howbeck Healthcare, created a more formal structure for raising matters, which promoted greater transparency within the organisation. SELDOC also introduced an internal Freedom to Speak Up champion who workers could turn to if they didn’t feel able to contact their supervisor or manager.”
You can take a look at the full report here:

If you are interested in finding out more about our FTSU service, please contact us.


Howbeck helps Cheshire Federation produce guide to the Trainee Nurse Associate

Howbeck Healthcare has been working closely with one of its local GP Federations in Cheshire to produce an easily accessible guide to the Trainee Nurse Associate (TNA role). This introductory guide explains the TNA role and what it brings to the practice team, the commitment and support required from the practice teams and the individual, and the process of accessing the funding streams available to support a TNA in practice as part of the PCN Additional Roles Reimbursement Scheme.

TNA Role Information for Practices

For further information contact


Howbeck’s GDPR Team working with iGPR developing software update

Our GDPR team here at Howbeck are pleased to be working with iGPR to help develop their next software update. iGPR assists practices with their GDPR compliance and is used to complete Subject Access Requests, insurance reports and screen medical records for online record access and for firearms licenses.

Our GDPR team have extensive knowledge using the software from a primary care perspective, therefore iGPR asked if they could work with them to be beta testers for the updates they are developing.

The software update is being released on February 15th 2021.


Howbeck Supports Bath & North East Somerset Enhanced Medical Services Develop Strategic Direction Document

Great feedback received from Bath and North East Somerset Enhanced Medical Services who we have recently supported to develop a clear and concise Strategic Direction document which reflects the ambitions and aspirations of the key stakeholders and partners.  Howbeck Healthcare led a structured interview process ensuring that each member of the Management Executive Committee (MEC) and Council had an opportunity to influence the strategic direction, the results of which were incorporated within the plan.

“We have found that working with Howbeck has been a positive experience for us. Their understanding and knowledge of how Federations like ours operate within the system saved a lot of time and added richness to the analysis with Howbeck holding a mirror up to ourselves and taking stock. The team that interviewed our key stakeholders for us were professional, engaged and enthusiastic. We are really pleased with the output of our joint working our new BEMS Strategy and this will give us a strong focus as we look forward to the future” – Bath and North East Somerset Enhanced Medical Services.


Dr Neil Paul discusses with Best Practice, what’s changed since returning to practice since lockdown

Our very own Dr Neil Paul, has been speaking with Best Practice on how General Practice has adjusted over the last six months since his return to work since lockdown.

Describing his first experience visiting one of his practices in person since lockdown, he offers an insight as to what he believes the future of General Practice entails.

Read the full story here –


Howbeck Supports Shropshire and Telford Wrekin as they go live with Physician Associate Internship Programme

Howbeck Healthcare’s Project Management team recently supported Shropshire and Telford Wrekin Physician Associate internship programme. The programme went live with two intakes on both the 1st April and the 1st June 2020 in conjunction with the Staffordshire PA Internship scheme. 

Five Physician Associates (PA) have successfully been recruited and appointed across both primary and secondary to offer the best patient care across the local area.  Two PAs are working at The Robert Jones & Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust with their primary care placement at Drayton Medical Practice and Wem & Prees Medical Centre and the remaining 3 PAs working at The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospitals NHS Trust and Teldoc Practices

The five Physician Associates will be working 2.5 days a week in primary care; 2 days in secondary care and 0.5 day for formal teaching provided by our dedicated teaching team:  a Senior Clinical Tutor and Senior Physician Associate. 

“Our PA is settling in well and will be a popular team member.

She has helped out in the dispensary when we were very thin on the ground during Covid-19 and she helped me ring patients and review the high risk shielding list-so lots of varied tasks.  I’m enjoying having her around and so are the team. 

She has good personal and communication skills and I believe she will be a great asset in the future”                                                                    

GP Clinical Supervisor

The programme, jointly supported by HEE and Shropshire CCG, and delivered by Howbeck Healthcares Project Management team  will support PAs who are newly qualified/within 1st year post qualification on a 12 month internship.

The Shropshire PA Internship has now supported 7 PAs on the programme.  In Staffordshire and Shropshire we are proud to have supported and a total of 33 PAs through the internship programme. 

The programme has seen a significantly high PA retention rate after completion of the internship.  At the end of the PA’s internship, 86% of practices offer their PAs a permanent full-time position.  In addition, the programme has seen several GP practices who have asked for a second PA from the internship programme.

The Staffordshire PA Internship team are now considering next steps for further intakes in 2021 across both Staffordshire and Shropshire

For further information please contact Lucy Minshull –