NHS: Training

Health written question – answered on 5th March 2007.

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Photo of Helen Jones Helen Jones Labour, Warrington North

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps she is taking to ensure that staff in the lowest pay bands and career grades in the NHS are able to take advantage of work-related learning.

Photo of Rosie Winterton Rosie Winterton The Minister of State, Department of Health

holding answer 26 February 2007

For those staff on agenda for change terms and conditions of service, the knowledge and skills framework provides staff at all levels with a cyclical review process linked to pay progression which enables knowledge and skills gaps to be identified. This process underpins training and development activity.

We also gave £180 million pump-priming funding to strategic health authorities (SHAs) over three years from 2002-03 to 2005-06 to support staff in the lowest pay bands and career grades to take-up of National Vocational Qualifications and Learning Accounts. Following this pump-priming we devolved further funding responsibility to SHAs in 2006-07.

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