NHS: Training

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered at on 7 July 2023.

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Photo of Rachael Maskell Rachael Maskell Labour/Co-operative, York Central

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether the NHS Long Term Workforce Plan will require the creation of the new training course for NHS staff.

Photo of Will Quince Will Quince Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

The NHS Long Term Workforce Plan, published on 30 June 2023, sets out the steps the NHS and its partners need to take to deliver an NHS workforce that meets the changing needs of the population over the next 15 years. It will put the workforce on a sustainable footing for the long term.

The Plan sets out significant expansion of domestic education, training and recruitment. This will include more doctors and nurses alongside an expansion in a range of other professions, including more staff working in new roles.

Training will need to be reformed to support the education expansion set out in the Plan and ensure that we train the healthcare professionals of the future. Actions include improving productivity by working and training in different ways, building broader teams with flexible skills, changing education and training to deliver more staff in roles and services where they are needed most, and ensuring staff have the right skills to take advantage of new technology that frees up clinicians’ time to care, increases flexibility in deployment, and provides the care patients need more effectively and efficiently.

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