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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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One thing I've experienced within Trusts, and extremely recently, is the inefficiency of mandatory training software. Such systems are often plagued with confusing or poorly designed user interfaces, overly complex, technical or inefficient systems for 'finding' online courses. For example, in one experience; you log in to a generic staff portal, have to search for a tiny link called 'mandatory training', go to your training home page, click on 'look up courses', then type in a specific...

Joshua Flynn
by Joshua Flynn
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Joshua Flynn

Yes My Trust has robust preceptorship programmes for Band 5 & 6 staff as well as a range of opportunities to develop in your career including Leadership programmes and access to the Community Specialist Practitioner programme

Donna Davenport
by Donna Davenport
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Donna Davenport

In part.

Sam123
by Sam123
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Sam123

I do not feel like my employer supports me to develop my career nor develop my skills.

Bradley
by Bradley
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Bradley

Why is that two piers of the Primary Care system, who both have Safe Guardian responsibilities, are not connected to the HSCN? No access to referrals, Summary Care Records, prescribing, Safe Guardian reporting, part of clinical pathways. We are trying to reduce inequalities in health service while we have inequalities of service for providers. So about 45 million individual patient presentations at 8,500 NHS contracted dental practices with 6,000 high street optometry practices providing...

Clair Morea
by Clair Morea
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Clair Morea

they try but get bogged down with all the red tape, for me to progress further I need to leave work and attend uni, I have tried many times to get access to funded training and always get told I can’t access it or there simply is t any available. 

Emma Kenny
by Emma Kenny
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Emma Kenny

it is essential that the NHS values and recruits social workers to work with people and their carers to provide psychosocial support and to act as the connector for people across the different agencies and services that can contribute to holistic care and support plans for people. The emotional support and the relationship that people have with a key professional trained in this approach. Ie the social worker, can be the difference. In other countries social workers play a lead role in...

Lyn OliveGrove
by Lyn OliveGrove
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Lyn OliveGrove
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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
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