• 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.

BETH Launch

On Tuesday 8th January 2019 BETH officially launched.

It was a great success and we are proud to have brought together such a wide selection of the Bromley Primary Care Team.

The Team

Dr Natasha Hoare
GP Partner

I am a GP Partner at Dysart surgery and have been involved in GP training and education for well over a decade. I previously worked in our CEPN and started as the Director of Education for BETH in September 2018. 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 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.

Dr Chris Fatoyinbo
Clinical Lead

I am a GP Partner at the Links Medical Practice in Mottingham and have been working in Bromley for 10 years. As well as being a GP, I am a medical student educational supervisor, GP trainer and also work as a Primary Care clinical lead at Bromley CCG.

I became CEPN Chair in 2018 having been affiliated with the CEPN since its inception in 2013. My professional interests lie in workforce training in primary care, clinical leadership development and multi-professional training & inter-organisational collaborative working.

Matthew Shimwell
Head of BETH

I previously worked in the Primary Care Team at Bromley CCG for almost two years, working on various transformation programmes, on occasion working alongside both BGPA and BETH during this time.

This is an exciting opportunity at a time of change within General Practice. As Primary Care Transformation Manager, I built relationships with many of the GP Practices, which I am looking forward to developing and expanding in the role of Head of BETH.

Sharon Powell
Beckenham ICN Nurse Lead

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.

Sarah Bishop
BETH Support Officer

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. With the launch of BETH it is exciting times for the organisation, 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.