Educators link to raise profile

Two professional associations of primary care educators are drawing closer together in a bid to increase membership and representative clout.

The UK Association of Programme Directors (UKAPD) is 'forming a close alliance' with the National Association of Primary Care Educators (NAPCE), according to UKAPD chairman Dr Roger Burns, a GP in Haverfordwest, Wales.

The UKAPD recently changed its name from the Association of Course Organisers.

'We are keen to encourage universality,' said Dr Burns.

'An alliance would make us stronger,' agreed NAPCE chairman and GP Dr Nick Lyons of Wareham, Dorset.

Some deaneries undermine the professional associations by failing to reimburse annual subscriptions of £105-£150.

Five deaneries are not represented on the UKAPD executive - London, Wessex, Oxford, North Western and Severn.

Each association counts 10-15 per cent of the primary care educator workforce among its membership.

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