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Challenge 3: Having access to the training, development and support that staff need

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Changing demographics, new technology and challenging workloads mean that staff need to be learning continuously.

Everyone should have access to learning and development that enables them to provide high-quality care and to develop in their career.

Learning should be valued as a lifelong pursuit, but we know that not all staff feel they have access to the development they need.

Staff have told us they need to:

  • be actively encouraged to learn continuously, regardless of their position or seniority
  • have access to funding and resources that help them to develop professionally and achieve their career aspirations
  • understand what career options are available to them, regardless of their professional background or work environment.

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This is totally a funding issue.  As a group of Registered Managers in both care homes and domiciliary care the local authority just does not pay a fee/rate that is sufficient for providers to have the right funding or resources available.  Bradford has one of the lowest rates in the country. Owners and managers wish to invest in staff - skilled and qualified staff is integral to quality of care to people.

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Registered Manager

I have in nearly 40 yrs wasted much time on mandatory training. That is not to say I think it is a waste of time, but the number of times I have done the same thing is excessive! There has to be a better way. I worked simultaneously as a bank nurse for a private hospital and an NHS hospital. I had to do similar mandatory training for both 2 resuscitation sessions, 2 back care, 2 fire sessions etc etc each year! I then did some freelance work for a mental health trust and had to cover all...

Jacqui
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I work in 2 trusts and so I have to complete 2 sets of mandatory training, one in each trust. Much of this overlaps (manual handling, fire safety...). So I know that the teaching materials differ between trusts.  Why is the core e-learning not centrally provided? Why does each Trust do its own? We end up with different material, different forms of test and the eLearning material is not of the best quality. How many people are there in the teams making the course material and duplicating what...

Irene Stratton
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Irene Stratton

Yes very much 

Paul Dwyer
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Paul Dwyer

Should AP be registered as a multidisciplinary worker to support accountability of their skills? 

David Panes
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David Panes

Just as in the other themes, there is a lack of management training that would contribute to effective support for staff to continue professional development. Most industries have effective methods for ensuring that CPD is managed effectively and these are linked to supervision, reflective practice, work performance evaluation, and the design of roles to fit needs, all of which require capable and consistent management strategies, rather than reactive and disjointed initiatives.  There also...

Eleanor Levy
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Eleanor Levy

Care workers should be finally recognised as skilled professionals. We deserve fit for purpose and standardised the training of better quality and higher level than Care Certificate that seems to assume that care workers are academically challenged. Training pathways for specialist care workers such as dementia or learning disabilities should be created. Training should be portable and care workers should not pay for annual mandatory sessions. People who wish to remain in very rewarding care...

Karolina Gerlich
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Karolina Gerlich

Not really.  There is not enough capacity in staffing to allow for one person let alone 2 people to go on a training day or conference attendance. This means that as a big London teaching hospital we aren't able to send our technical and scientific staff to learn about the new developments in our specialist areas or learn new skills that may help us deliver new services.

annibee70
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annibee70

Better integration between NHS and private mental health care provider training could increase resources. 

Peter Edwards
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Peter Edwards

Delayed transfers of care are big news but some patients with mental capacity are being forced to accept care they do not want. Patients with mental capacity, particularly if they are older, are not always allowed to leave hospital without care if others consider this to be an 'unwise' decision. This is unlawful. Hospital social care staff often have to advocate for patients with mental capacity being detained in hospital in their 'best interests'. This is causing costly delays to discharge...

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