Regional Postgraduate Training Hubs
New arrangements are needed to improve training opportunities, support trainees, and restore an apprenticeship model of learning, a conclusion reached by the RMO Commission and the Medical Training Board and shared by other health professions and employers.
In 2008, the Medical Training Board released a series of documents recommending greater integration and coordination of medical education and training.
In 2009 both the RMO commission and the Medical Training Board released further papers recommending reinforcement of the apprenticeship model for medical training as well as greater integration and coordination.
As a result of these and other workforce documents there has been agreement on the need to develop Regional Training Hubs to co-ordinate training for all health professionals.
Role and function of the hubs
The planned model will feature four postgraduate training hubs, covering the upper, central and lower North Island and the South Island, each responsible for a population of approximately one million people. It is expected that these hubs will be functional by the end of 2011.
These training hubs will be virtual bodies - collaborative ventures bringing together employers, education providers and professional bodies, facilitated and overseen by Health Workforce New Zealand (HWNZ).
The training hubs will take a co-ordinating and integrating role to support effective health professional training from novice to expert. The end benefit of the hubs is a suitably qualified workforce to meet regional and national service delivery needs.
In the first instance the focus is on medical training from Post Graduate Year 1 (PGY1) to vocational registration and reinforcing the apprenticeship model. This will include the career planning and mentoring work that is already underway but will also include the provision of clinical placements and the co-ordination of common training elements across the colleges.
Broadly the hubs are likely to include:
- Collaborative relationships with tertiary education providers, professional colleges and associations, as well as between District Health Boards (DHBs), Primary Health Organisations (PHOs), the private sector and HWNZ.
- Co-ordination of career planning and the planned national mentoring scheme.
- Co-ordination of clinical placements to support specialist training programmes.
- Support of relevant HWNZ innovations such as the Physician Assistant (PA) role, as a joint venture with HWNZ and other funders.