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. 

We 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.


All 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.


All 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.


We 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.


The 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.


Our 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.


ELFT 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. 


A 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 programmes.

We 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. 



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