Learning Together delivers opportunities to work clinically in an integrated way, learning and working collaboratively. Feedback suggests that the training for GPs can be more meaningful and relevant than traditional “acute” hospital posts. For those GP trainees who do not do Child Health placements during their training, it offers the opportunity to develop child health knowledge and skills. It also develops collaborative working.
Paediatric trainees who are involved gain experience of working differently and have an opportunity to experience the Primary Care perspective. Evaluation and feedback from the pilot project has been overwhelmingly positive with some early suggestion that outcomes are improved. All involved report rich learning in many different domains.
Learning Together clinics were developed from pilot work in London, supported by HENCEL through UCLP, in North and West London, and HESL in South London. For evaluation and outcomes see the “Why” section. The clinics are now being rolled out in London, supported by the London School of Paediatrics and London GP training. Schemes are also being run in Oxford and are in development elsewhere.