Training and Development Initiative of the Year - HSJ Value Awards 2019
People costs account for a huge proportion of the healthcare budget, and it is vital that employees have the skills they need. Training and development enable employees to refresh existing knowledge or to develop new skills in response to changing service needs. As numerous reports have highlighted, continuing professional development is crucial to retaining fitness to practise.
Well organised training and development programmes enable organisations to offer large scale provision for entire staff groups at the same time as opportunities for individual professional development, using a range of delivery formats.
This award is open to NHS organisations, and independent organisations providing services to the NHS, who can demonstrate innovative use of the training resource to improve efficiency and effectiveness. This could be enabling staff to take on extended roles, reducing adverse events, or using new delivery models to increase the amount of training and development available to staff.
- A clear rationale for the training and development project
- An explanation of how it aimed to achieve improved value
- An explanation of how the project plan was informed by existing best practice or evidence
- Clear prioritisation of training that supports improved patient safety
- Evidence of the use of a range of training providers and delivery methods to meet the needs and aspirations of a broad spectrum of employees
- Training priorities that support broader organisational change, such as the introduction of new care pathways or modes of treatment
- Innovative approaches to aid collaborative working and the use of technology
Evidence of improved value resulting from, for example, improved patient safety, improved staff retention or extended skillsets. This should include a quantitative aspect and can also include qualitative outcomes such as staff satisfaction measures. Clear pathways to promotion
Proof of scalability. Projects which have already been scaled up, and replicated in other organisations, will be of interest.
Clear evidence the work has improved value in training and development. Of interest will be projects which have simultaneously delivered financial savings and improved patient experience – creating value for taxpayers and patients alike. Quantitative evidence of improved value should be supplied.
A description of engagement between relevant parties, including staff and how internal stakeholders were able to contribute toward programme design and targets. Detail on any external partners involved in the delivery.