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Central staff accreditation to enhance flexibility of roles

We are starting to work in more integrated ways, however staff are not empowered or permitted to work across organisational boundaries. When a contract holder changes each member of staff undertake the 'new starter' checks and induction programme which delays the ability of that person to start the actual work. Once a person has an ID badge there should be no need to go through this process repeatedly, and in the case of junior doctors this can be every 6 months. A centrally provided ID, CRB check and continuous authorisation to work in the health and social care sector would improve flexibility of our workforce. 

A central registration of health and social care professionals could replace many of the duties of the GMC and NMC, as well as other registration authorities. This may result in reduced registration fees. Patients/public would then be assured that they are being cared for by regulated and accredited staff. This could also be the central point of recording of mandatory training which would avoid the need to have local records. This would allow us to review the skillset of members of staff who interact with the patients and remove duplication, enhancing flexibility. In particular staff such as Discharge coordinators who work in hospital should have their skills recognised by both health and social care and their assessments should be trusted by both types of organisations. 

edited on Nov 2, 2018 by Isabel DHSC

Matt Hancock 4 months ago

Thanks for your comment Joanne – there are a lot of interesting thoughts here. I can only guess at how frustrating it must be to repeat training courses as part of an induction, particularly for those staff who move around the system most often. I don’t think that a new system could replace the good work of our colleagues in the professional regulators but I do think that there is lots of scope to manage mandatory and induction training more efficiently.

I’d like to know more about what, from your perspective, is driving this sort of behaviour? What kinds of checks and inductions are having to be done more than once?

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