The Trust believes that our staff should have access
to a wide range of learning activities. These are aimed at developing and
enhancing the knowledge and skills they require to provide, manage or support good
quality care and treatment for patients.
also believe there should be career development opportunities available to
everyone and are committed to providing learning and development opportunities
to all levels of staff. We start staff off on the right foot by providing a
comprehensive induction programme after which we like everyone to agree a
development plan. This will cover any necessary additional statutory or
mandatory training or learning development requirements to meet both their personal
and professional needs.
STATUTORY AND MANDATORY TRAINING
staff are required to complete training in core areas such as emergency fire
procedures, information governance and child protection training.
Clinicians are required to complete additional training modules and particular
roles may require specific training.
new staff will complete a corporate and local induction programme. The core
induction includes an introduction to the Trust by the Chief Executive
including our vision and values, details about information governance, our
policies and procedures, the Freedom of Information Act, staff benefits and
wellbeing. Clinical staff are required to undertake all mandatory training
before commencing work in a clinical setting.
GRADUATE AND POST GRADUATE
positively encourage graduate and post-graduate-level study and research and
support a number of staff each year through degree and masters programmes
relevant to their role. These may be modular or top-up learning for those
looking to build on their current qualifications. We have a range of nursing
pathways available for nursing staff wishing to achieve degrees, both in mental
and physical health. To advance our qualified staff we offer a range of
programmes through our higher education partners, most notably the MSc in
InterProfessional Practice which enables staff to specialise in their chosen
pathways and actively participate in clinical research.
DEVELOPING LEADERSHIP QUALITIES
Trust has strong working relationships with a number of external providers
including colleges and universities that provide a range of accredited and
non-accredited activities. This allows staff to achieve qualifications such as
PRINCE2 or Institute of Leadership and Management levels 3 and 5. On top of
this a number of clinical and non-clinical skills-based courses are
commissioned each year to meet the specific individual needs of some staff that
they identify in their personal development plans.
DEVELOPING CORE SKILLS
further education partners work with us to enable staff to develop functional
skills such as literacy and numeracy and job-based skills such as typing
or minute-taking. Work related knowledge and skills are further enhanced
through apprenticeships, and a number of staff each year are supported in
gaining access qualifications needed for entry into professions such as nursing,
occupational therapy and physiotherapy.
is moving towards becoming an improvement-focused organisation. As part of this
shift, we are building skills at all levels of our staff (plus service users
and other key stakeholders) in how to improve complex systems using a simple
and structured method. This training is available, accessible and important for
all our staff. There is a range of options, depending on staff’s particular
needs. These include Pocket QI, Improvement Science in Action, IHI Open School
and online resources via the QI microsite. You can read more about the
award-winning ELFT QI programme and the training options here.
range of in-house activities have been designed to retain and develop talent in
the workforce and ensure we are identifying and developing leaders for the
future. A number of role and band specific developmental programmes run
each year, for example our Management Development Programme, Admin Development
Course, Band 6 Nurses Apprentice programme and Care Co-ordinator
also offer a range of personalised development opportunities through 360 degree
facilitated feedback, shadowing experienced staff, secondments to a wide
variety of clinical practices, case study presentations, action-learning sets
and coaching and mentoring qualifications.