Headlines: October 18th, 2001

Joint training that will enable professionals to share their skills and experience will be a fundamental part of the new NHS University.Trailed in the NHS Plan, the NHS University has now published its prospectus. The university will be the largest of its kind in the world for the training and education of employees.

Up to a million people will be able to benefit from modern learning techniques such as electronic and distance learning as well as more traditional, face-to-face teaching methods.

Everyone in the NHS will begin their career with the NHS University through induction courses and then direct training. Courses on areas that are common to all health professionals such as communication skills, ethics and assessment skills will all be available.

The scheme is not only seen as cost effective – saving on a range of courses NHS staff currently undertake elsewhere – but essential to the modernisation of the service.

The NHS Confederation, which speaks up for NHS managers, has called for the pace of introduction of the university to be kept up. It also says that the time out staff will want to take should be properly planned for.