Launch of Health Education England: New era of education and training for NHS staff

Measures to improve the training, values and education of all NHS staff

Health Minister Dr Dan Poulter has today announced a wide ranging series of measures to improve the training, values and education of all NHS staff over the next two years and beyond. The measures have been published in the government’s mandate to Health Education England, a new arms-length body set up to give NHS training and education unprecedented focus and importance. It will be backed by £5 billion and will be accountable to ministers for delivering the goals set out in today’s document.

The commitments for Health Education England include:

Better care for people with dementia and with complex needs

  • 100,000 staff to have foundation level dementia training by March 2014 with plans in place to extend this further by autumn 2013;
  • training a multidisciplinary workforce able to work in both hospitals and the community, with a target of 50 per cent of medical students becoming GPs; and
  • more nurses to be trained in the community, with at least 50 per cent of student nurses doing community placements as part of their training by March 2015

Read more on the DH website