NHS: Training

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 3rd July 2018.

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Photo of Julie Elliott Julie Elliott Labour, Sunderland Central

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to ensure the adequacy of the availability of training opportunities for new professionals in the NHS.

Photo of Stephen Barclay Stephen Barclay Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

Responsibility for supporting staff to meet their training requirements rests with individual National Health Service employers. NHS trusts and their boards are best placed to assess what courses staff require to fulfil clinical duties such as infection prevention or cannulation training, and core employment requirements such as information governance or health and safety courses.

Historically, Health Education England (HEE) has provided support at a national level for NHS workforce development, including career development through the funding of postgraduate qualifications. However, with the changing education and training landscape and financial climate, HEE is focussing on how its funding is used to best effect.

HEE recognises the importance of supporting NHS providers to meet their responsibility for the development of the current workforce. HEE invests up to £300 million per year on supporting NHS staff reach registered qualifications, and a further £80 million on workforce transformation projects agreed locally, some of which prioritise training courses for ongoing development.

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