The Secretary of State’s Mandate for Health Education England was published by the Department of Health this morning.
The mandate is aligned with national NHS priorities to tackle preventable deaths; empower and support people living with long-term conditions; introduce a culture of caring; and for the diagnosis, treatment and care of people with dementia in England to be among the best in Europe. The mandate underpins HEE's vision of ensuring high quality education and training is designed to ensure NHS staff are available in the right numbers with the right skills, values and competencies to deliver excellent clinical outcomes together with patient-centred care.
Key headlines you need to know about the mandate:
- It sets out the governments objectives for HEE for next 22 months until march 2015 under six broad themes: support for service priorities; NHS values and behaviours; excellent education; competent and capable staff; working in partnership; and value for money.
- · There are 38 short-term deliverable objectives set out in the report which include:
- recruitment into all new NHS-funded training posts including assessment of appropriate values and behaviours;
- ensuring every student who seeks NHS funding for nursing degrees should first serve up to a year as a healthcare assistant;
- delivery of additional trained health visitors to increase the workforce by 4,200 full time equivalents by April 2015;
- providing dementia awareness training for all NHS staff who look after patients, ensuring that 100,000 staff have foundation level training by March 2014; and
- commissioning the required number of IAPT (increasing access to psychological therapies) training places.
Read our press release here: New education and training measures to improve patient care
Read the mandate here: Delivering high quality, effective, compassionate care: Developing the right people with the right skills and the right values. A mandate from the Government to Health Education England: April 2013 to March 2015
Look out for the next issue of #HEELife, due out in early June, which will have a focus on the mandate and what it means for HEE.
Mandate in the news:
Over the weekend the mandate received attention from the media including:
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