Inclusion health: education and training for health professionals: end of study report

Department of Health, January 2016

The Inclusion Health programme aims to improve the health and well-being of homeless people and other vulnerable groups. This report emphasises the need for a combination of clinical and non-clinical skills and knowledge in working with these groups, and identifies possible opportunities for strengthening education and training of health care professionals.

The report reviews:
•the level of skills, awareness and knowledge of health professionals to support vulnerable groups
•the barriers to health and care services faced by these groups
•the current professional guidance on Inclusion Health issues, that is working with and caring for vulnerable groups
•the commitment of education providers to include Inclusion Health issues in wider training, drawing on the views and experience of health professionals

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The habits of an improver

Health Foundation, October 2015

This Health Foundation report offers a way of viewing the field of improvement from the perspective of the men and women who deliver and co-produce care on the ground, the improvers on whom the NHS depends. It describes 15 habits which such individuals regularly deploy, grouped under five broad headings – learning, influencing, resilience, creativity and systems thinking.

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Training psychiatrists in emergency and out of hours care: Report of the Emergency Psychiatry Training Taskforce

Royal College of Psychiatrists, June 2015

Core trainees have reported concerns that they are not getting enough emergency psychiatry experience to practice safely and confidently as they progress to higher training. This is a complex area that involves service reconfiguration, training and, most importantly, patient safety.

The Royal College of Psychiatrists set up the Emergency Psychiatry Training Taskforce to look at the issue in detail and to make recommendations regarding standards for emergency psychiatry training.

The Taskforce makes two sets of recommendations in this report. First, it describes a set of minimum standards for the provision of emergency psychiatry training. These are designed to ensure trainees gain experience, well-supported and supervised training out of hours. Second, it makes a number of further recommendations that aim to improve the quality of emergency psychiatry training.

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Department of Health and Health Education England framework agreement 2015

Department of Health, 15 June 2015

The framework agreement defines how the department and Health Education England will work together to serve patients, the public and the taxpayer. It sets out roles, responsibilities, governance and accountability arrangements.

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Raising the Bar

Health Education England, March 2015

This report makes recommendations for the education and training of registered nurses and care assistants to meet future needs and equip them to deliver high quality care. It covers themes such as enhancing co-production and the voice of the patient, assuring flexibility in nursing and funding and commissioning levers.

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Standards for medical education and training – consultation on draft standards

General Medical Council, 28 January 2015

The GMC has launched a consultation on new standards which, for the first time, will create a single set of standards for organisations delivering medical education and training across the UK. The standards will bring together the medical education and training received by all doctors and is designed to make sure that fairness and patients’ safety, experience and quality of care lie at the core of teaching and training. The standards set out how organisations must promote and encourage a learning environment and culture that allows learners and trainers to raise concerns about patient safety, and the standard of training, without fear of adverse consequences.

The consultation closes on 24 March 2015. The new standards will update current GMC guidance in Tomorrows Doctors and The Trainee Doctor.

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