NHS: Training:Written question - 157153

Asked by Julie Elliott
(Sunderland Central)
Asked on: 25 June 2018
Department of Health and Social Care
NHS: Training
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.
Answered by: Stephen Barclay
Answered on: 03 July 2018

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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