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Challenge: 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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‘Everyone should have access to learning and development that enables them to provide high-quality care and to develop in their career’. I couldn’t agree more with this statement. Sadly, we are far away from this becoming a reality in the current system. According to Skills for Care, 47% of workers in adult social care don’t hold a relevant qualification. Whereas only 24% of the sector hold a Level 2 and only 19% hold a Level 3 qualification. These stats are very worrying, especially for a...

Fay Gibbin
by Fay Gibbin
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Fay Gibbin
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I am the employer and I continuously support my team to learn and develop. It's a must in any role but this one especially. You are dealing with peoples lives.  How can anyone be expected to be outstanding if they don't have access to the tools to learn how to be?

Gillian Holden
by Gillian Holden
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Gillian Holden

I now work on my own, however, in my years of working in care, I have worked in different organisations. Some have been supportive which has enabled me to achieve a successful career. Others are only preoccupied with just meeting the basic legal requirement for staff development.  Staff development should go beyond manual handling and medication training. However, the key problem here is that these basic training certificates are not valued. When you change employers, you are required to...

Mohammed Gbadamosi
by Mohammed Gbadamosi
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Mohammed Gbadamosi

More training posts to help reduce the deficit of senior clinical decision makers.

Karl Guttormsen
by Karl Guttormsen
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Karl Guttormsen

My employer support some of my skills through training, but there is lack of variety for Admin staff who would like to progress. It would be good idea to get collages and university's involved. Maybe getting one training provider for all NHS organisations in Cambridgeshire and share the cost between the trusts.

Agnieszka F
by Agnieszka F
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Agnieszka F

Changeover to new Bank Provider, has not created an agreement with Trust to allow their Bank Staff to administer drugs which is an essential part of patient safety and  to maintain a qualified nurse's practice.

PATRICIA CLARKE
by PATRICIA CLARKE
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PATRICIA CLARKE

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.

Registered Manager
by Registered Manager
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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
by Jacqui
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Jacqui

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
by Irene Stratton
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Irene Stratton

Yes very much 

Paul Dwyer
by Paul Dwyer
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Paul Dwyer
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