Department of Health and Social Care: Training

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 22nd September 2020.

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Photo of Neil O'Brien Neil O'Brien Conservative, Harborough

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much the Department spent on unconscious bias training in each of the last five years.

Photo of Edward Argar Edward Argar Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

The following table shows how much the Department has spent on unconscious bias training in each of the last five years:

Reporting year

Spend

April 2019 – March 2020

£12,234

April 2018 – March 2019

N/A

April 2017 – March 2018

N/A

April 2016 – March 2017

N/A

April 2015 – March 2016

N/A

Required Unconscious Bias online training for all staff which is accessed via Civil Service Learning forms part of the Civil Service Learning offer. Although we pay a yearly subscription cost for all Civil Service Learning, we are not able to provide a breakdown of spend for the required Unconscious Bias online training for all staff accessed via Civil Service Learning.

In addition to online training, in 2019-20 we held and paid for face to face Unconscious Bias workshops as part of Senior Civil Service and management training programmes.

Whilst our records show a spend of £12,234 for April 2019 to March 2020, learning on Unconscious Bias is built into other learning programmes, such as our line management training offer. This includes workshops on ‘Leading Inclusive Teams’ and ‘Building Effective Teams’. It is not possible to extract the amount spent on Unconscious Bias where this forms part of a broader training offer.

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