• About BETH

    Bromley Education and Training Hub

    BETH is an organisation which aims to support education, training and professional development across primary care in Bromley, and beyond.

    Originally set up by the Bromley GP Alliance, BETH is now an independent community interest company. It is “not for profit” and any income generated is reinvested to support the aims of BETH.

    Background

    The recruitment and retention issues across the NHS are well documented but with an ageing population and a shift towards community care it has never been more important to develop a primary care workforce, fit for the future.

    We need to ensure we are engaging, enthusing and developing our current workforce whilst simultaneously ensuring we have a flow of new talent joining our professional teams.

    History shows us that if we can train our health care professionals in the community, in Bromley, then they will stay once they qualify and they will contribute to our primary care team. If we are to retain our primary health care professionals in Bromley long term, and ensure that they are enthused and motivated, then we need to ensure that they are well supported and each has opportunities for professional development.

    Finally if we are to ensure that the needs of our community are met, then we need to ensure that we can support our individuals and our teams to develop roles that align with workforce initiatives.

    We are confident that BETH will provide us with a vehicle to try and achieve this. Just as the hospitals have their education centres, and their networks of educators and support staff, so BETH will become a virtual education centre for primary care.

The BETH Team

Dr Natasha Hoare
Director of Education and Clinical Lead

I am a GP Partner at Dysart surgery and have been involved in GP training and education for over a decade. I joined BETH as the Director of Education in September 2018 and had been the chair of the CEPN prior to that. This is an exciting time for BETH as we look forward to developing a workforce fit for the future. With more and more care being delivered in the community and with finite resources, we are aware of the challenges ahead. I am confident that we and the practices in Bromley can really improve the outcomes for patients within the Bromley borough. BETH will be key to this as we look to ensure we have a workforce fit for the future, and I feel privileged to be part of it.

Clare Ross
Chief Executive

I am the CEO of BETH and Bromley GP Alliance Ltd (BGPA) and have worked in this capacity since January 2017. Prior to that, I provided consultancy support to both the CEPN and BGPA. I am proud to be part of BETH and believe that the organisation provides us with an opportunity to develop a strong, well trained, supported workforce to deliver high quality care across Bromley, working not just with our colleagues in primary care, but with all Bromley Providers.

Matthew Shimwell
Head of BETH

I joined BETH in September 2019 having worked alongside the team on various projects during my time working in the Primary Care Team at Bromley CCG. I’m excited to be part of BETH, working alongside practices to develop the primary care workforce. I am sure that we can significantly improve workforce development both locally in Bromley and, working with colleagues in other South East London Training Hubs, across the six boroughs. I’m passionate that BETH should be a leading part of all this work, ensuring that we have a workforce fit for the future which will result in improved outcomes for patients.

Faiza Mehdi
GP Clinical Fellow

Sharon Powell
BETH Lead Nurse

I trained at The Nightingale School of Nursing at St Thomas’ Hospital London and qualified as a Registered General Nurse (RGN).  I have worked in the Acute Trust and transferred to community nursing in general practice specialising in general practice nursing across Bexley and Bromley.  I am currently working at South View Partnership in Bromley as a Practice Nurse Facilitator and it is my genuine desire to improve the training and support of the nursing workforce in Bromley.

Rachel Simo
BETH Lead Nurse

I qualified as an RGN in 1992 at the York and Scarborough School of Nursing. For the past 19 years’ I have been working in Primary Care in a GP Practice in Chislehurst. I started as a Practice Nurse and over the next 6 years completed diplomas in Asthma care and Diabetes management in primary care. In 2009 I qualified as a Nurse Practitioner with a BSc 1st class honours degree. I have also gained a PGCert in Non-Medical Prescribing.

For the past 3 years’ I have also been working as a Nurse Facilitator for Bromley GP Alliance and recently became the Health Care Assistant lead. This is a very rewarding role and enables me to use my experience and knowledge in primary care to provide support and guidance to the nurses and HCA’s working in GP Practices in Bromley.

Lily Watkins
BETH Administrator

I joined BETH in February 2020 having worked for Bromley CCG for 5 years within the Patient Referral Centre and the Clinical Governance Team.

Frankie Maclean
BETH Project Manager

Sarah Bishop
BETH Administrator

I have been working for the Bromley GP Alliance since July 2017, as the CEPN & Bromley GP Alliance administrator, overseeing the administrative functions of the organisation. I have been working as BETH administrator since the launch, which I am very pleased to be a part of. Before joining the Bromley GP Alliance in 2017 I worked for 24 years in Local Government.

Partner Organisations

We are lucky to have an extended BETH team which includes a network of educators and support staff across Bromley General Practice and our Partner Organisations. Further details can be found within the Partner Organisations pages and the separate faculty pages.