Enabling Effective Learning Environments


Working collaboratively to expand placement capacity, facilitate innovation in practice supervision, models of education, technology-based placements and work with stakeholders to enhance the quality of learner experience across the four ICPs within the NENC ICS.


About us

The Enabling Effective Learning Environments (EELE) team is embedded within the NHS North East and North Cumbria (NENC) Integrated Care System (ICS) and is a collaborative project funded by Health Education England (HEE).

EELE are a dedicated team of professionals, made up mainly from clinicians with a diverse range of clinical skills and backgrounds. The NENC EELE team are embedded within each of the four Integrated Care Partnership areas (ICP’s) across the NENC ICS. Our aim is to enhance the quality of experience for Nursing, Midwifery, AHP and Health Care Science students who study within the NENC ICS boundaries. We achieve this by collaborating with Higher Education Institutions (HEI’s) and placement provider partners from the primary and secondary care sectors, local authorities and Private Independent Volunteer Organisations (PIVO) to:

 - Work together, creatively expanding student placement capacity

 - Facilitate innovation in practice supervision

 - Developing new models of education and technology-based placements  

 - Using data, support ICS stakeholders with workforce supply planning 

Meet the team

The team's biographies can be found here.

Introduction to the EELE team 

Meet the team in this short video.

Contact us

If you have a general query for the EELE team, please email: ghnt.ele.nenc@nhs.net. Alternatively reach out to one of the team direct, their contact details are listed here

Programme aims and context

This document highlights the aims and back-ground context to the Enabling Effective Learning Environments (EELE) programme within the North East North Cumbria (NENC) Integrated Care System (ICS). 

The EELE team produced two project reports (21/22), demonstrating progress made aligned to strategic objectives. EELE Project Progress Report outlines the strategic achievements and priorities for the team and the EELE case studies demonstrates case studies delivered aligned to strategic aims of the EELE project.

How can the EELE team help you?

The EELE team work collaboratively with employers and education providers from across the North East and North Cumbria to maximise opportunities for practice learning by:

Offering expert profession specific advice and support to set up new practice areas and organisations as high-quality learning environments for all learners. We can signpost to best practice resources such as practice supervisor/practice assessor/clinical educator training for registrants to enable them to support learners in practice. We can also assist in developing a Portfolio of Learning Opportunities, including a ‘blueprint’ or placement timetable detailing the learning opportunities available.

Working in partnership with existing learning environments to expand existing capacity and to support the implementation of new models of supervision and practice placement.

Acting as a conduit to support cross-organisational working across the Integrated Care Providers and the Integrated Care System through collaboration and resource-sharing.

The team has a broad range of specialist knowledge of training routes for health professionals and can work with stakeholders to facilitate the development of the training infrastructure for nurses, allied health professionals and support staff across an Integrated Care Partnership footprint, working across the ICS as a whole as and when required.

We work closely with the Primary Care Training Hub and the HEE School of Primary Care and HEE Quality function and can support in work on the supply of a highly competent multi-professional future workforce. 

Integrated Care Partnerships (ICPs)

EELE have Learning Environment Clinicals Leads (CL’s) and Practice Placement Facilitators (PPF’s) embedded within each of the four ICP’s within the NENC ICS. Please find below an introduction to each of the four ICP’s in which we operate within the NENC ICS. 

North of Tyne and Gateshead ICP

  • Population 1.025M
  • 3 CCGs: Northumberland, North Tyneside, Newcastle Gateshead
  • 24 Primary Care Networks
  • 3 FTs: Northumbria, Newcastle, Gateshead
  • 4 Council areas: Northumberland, North Tyneside, Newcastle, Gateshead

The Effective Learning Environments North ICP team are supporting innovation and trialling new models of supervision and practice education across all sectors of the ICP.  We have a focus on maximising the placement opportunities in the private, independent, and voluntary sector.

Durham, South Tyneside and Sunderland ICP

  • Population 997,000
  • 3 CCGs: County Durham CCG, Sunderland CCG, South Tyneside CCG.
  • 22 Primary Care Networks
  • 4 NHS Foundation Trusts: County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust, South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust, Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust, Northumbria, Tees Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust.
  • 3 Council areas: South Tyneside, Sunderland, County Durham.

The Effective Learning Environments Central ICP team are focussing on increasing the number of General Practice placements in the area for nursing, midwifery and AHP students following an identification of need from stakeholders, and the development of long- arm supervision to expand the placement opportunities within specialist schools and social care settings.

Tees Valley ICP

  • Population – 701,000 
  • 1 CCG – Tees Valley
  • 14 Primary Care Networks
  • 3 Foundation Trusts – County Durham and Darlington, North Tees & Hartlepool, South Tees
  • 5 Councils – Darlington, Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Redcar & Cleveland, Stockton on Tees,

Our preliminary work in the ICP is focusing on identifying placement opportunities within Primary Care Networks / GP at scale initiatives and expanding multi-professional placements into new areas in Local Authority care settings.

North Cumbria ICP

  • Population – 324000
  • CCG’s – North Cumbria CCG
  • Primary Care Networks: 8
  • Foundation Trusts – North Cumbria Integrated Care
  • Councils – Cumbria County Council

The Effective Learning Environments North Cumbria ICP team are using a blended placement model to increase placement capacity, within the private, independent, and voluntary sector organisations and supporting cross organisational collaborative working, to maximise placements following the patient journey.

Examples of good practice and case studies 

EELE collaborate with Northumberland CCG #NursesOnTour, student led health roadshows, find the case study here.

A guide as to how care homes can be effective learning environments, for full details please click here.

Student blog: My clinical placement in Primary Care - click here to access the blog.

Case Study: North East Ambulance Service (NEAS) utilise ESR to increase student placement capacityclick for full case study

HEE are developing a system and process for sharing good practice across the region, this process will be aligned to the Learning Hub, the project is currently in final stages of development, once completed the Learning Hub will act as a central repository with the ability to capture and share examples of good practice.

If you have been working on any innovative examples of good educational practice and you feel sharing knowledge would benefit colleagues from across the health and care system, please click here to submit your content application form.  All good practice submissions will be peer reviewed before they are published and this full process will be made available on the learning hub.

Learning environment resources

Conferences and events

** Save the Date **The EELE NENC Conference - Wednesday 19th October 2022, The County Hotel,  Neville Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 5DF. An 'in-person' event to share, collaborate and discuss clinical placement expansion for the NENC ICS, for queries please email ghnt.ele.nenc@nhs.net. Full programme will be released when finalised.

To register for tickets, please apply using the following link - EELE NENC - 2022 Conference - The County Hotel, Newcastle Tickets, Newcastle upon Tyne | Eventbrite

Expressions of Interest for speakers and posters, please complete the application form using the link provided - Guest Speaker/Poster - Conference - Expression of Interest (office.com)

EELE delivered a successful stakeholder event in June 2022, the event, held at the Royal Station Hotel, Newcastle upon Tyne was attended by EELE stakeholders from across the NENC ICS. Guest speakers included Professor Mark Radford CBE, Chief Nurse for HEE and Professor Laura Serrant OBE, Regional Head of Nursing (NENY) HEE. The event included presentations by members of the EELE team and a highlighly participative stakeholder engagement workshop. Full details have been uploaded to our FutureNHS workspace.

The EELE team successfully delivered an in-person Learning Environments conference in October 2021. The conference was fully booked and included a series of guest speakers, opportunities for networking, the afternoon was dedicated to delivering a wide range of workshops presentations from subject matter experts. We’ve embedded some of the poster presentations included at the conference: peer supervision, near peer modelTECS placement evaluationapproving a practice to be a learning environmentcoaching toolkitand a poster on how we approach project management using PRINCE2 methodology. For full details please visit the EELE FutureNHS workspace.