Headlines: November 29th, 2001

NHS workers are promised a step change in the level of training they are offered.Recognising that one of the key problems in the NHS is a shortage of trained people, existing staff are being offered training opportunities that should help them serve the NHS to their maximum potential.

Everyone from porters to consultants is offered lifelong learning, through a variety of means such as NHS learning accounts, or NVQs.

As well as being about capacity building, the Working Together-Learning Together strategy will also try to accomodate this training with minimum disruption in service to patints, making maximum use of such methods as flexible learning.

Ministers call it an action agenda for the training of staff. One of the means of delivery will be the new NHS University, promised in the NHS Plan. (See PublicNet Briefing, Thursday, 18 October 2001)

Link: www.doh.gov.uk/lifelonglearning/