As of December 2017, NWSSP is the employer of just over 440 GP Specialty Registrars in 12 training schemes across Wales, in partnership with the Wales Deanery, the education providers throughout the scheme. Taking on approximately 150 new trainees each year across the February and August programme intake, NWSSP utilise their expertise in HR, employment services, legal services and Primary care among others.
The potential for NWSSP to become the Lead Employer for GP trainees was fully supported by the Shared Services Partnership Committee at the October and November 2013 meetings. Following the work of the Task and Finish group, a Ministerial Briefing was provided to the then Health Minister seeking his support, for which he confirmed in April 2014 for the revised employment and contractual arrangements to be established on a pilot basis initially.
Following further discussion with the Welsh Government it was agreed that the target date for implementation should be February 2015 for a first Cohort of hospital based trainees and potentially a first cohort of GP practice based trainees.
On the 4th February 2015, NWSSP became the Lead Employer within NHS Wales for the employment of all GP Specialty Registrars. In order to ensure the successful implementation and continuation of the Single Lead Employer arrangements, the team have built excellent working relationships with the following key stakeholders:
Owing to the expert services held within NWSSP, the move to a Single Lead Employer arrangement brings a number of advantages, including: