The benefits of training and apprenticeships within the NHS

Training and apprenticeships are critical in assisting healthcare organisations in upskilling current employees and providing a pathway into the NHS for new employees, all of which contribute to the development of a better workforce.

In 2020/21, over 24,500 apprentices across the NHS began training in 178 different apprenticeship standards, according to NHS Health Education England.

Last week, we hosted our #NHE365 NHS Workforce virtual event, and we saw lots of engagement from attendees who had their questions answered during the live Q&A and lots of networking during the speed networking sessions in our networking area in the Meeting Hub.

During our first panel discussion we were joined by Jonathan Bourne, Managing Director, Damar Training; Dr Kalwant Sidhu, School Education Lead, Reader in Public Health Education School of Life Course and Population Sciences, Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine, King's College London and Jennie Stone, Apprenticeships Relationship Manager – London Region, National Talent for Care Team Health Education England, to discuss the topic training and apprenticeships.

During this discussion our panellists looked at the critical role of new staff entering the NHS and upskilling current employees.

Jonathan shared the opportunities available to our NHS in “leveraging the energy, excitement and ideas of apprentices in the workforce, across this huge organisation, is a super opportunity.”

We looked back at the pandemic and how NHS professionals have approached apprenticeships during this time.

Jennie added “The introduction of the remote learning, has just turned everything around now, the accessibility that is available just overnight is phenomenal.”

We also look at the importance of upskilling current NHS staff from Dr Kalwant who shares “There is so much information available today… unless we teach healthcare professionals these skills of how to critically look at experiences, practice maybe more based on what is already known.”

If you wish to find out more about what is discussed during this panel, follow click the link here to watch.

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