Education and training

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Students of today become our future workforce so the delivery of high quality education and placements results in employers having staff who are ready to deliver the job and types of services needed for patients.

Employers have a great role to play to ensure that the people coming into the health service through the education system are equipped to provide excellent patient care. Continued investment in your workforce to keep them skilled, confident, and flexible is also crucial to the provision of quality health services. 

Our offer to you in terms of support to educate, train and develop your workforce cuts across numerous workstreams. This section explains the roles of the other bodies responsible for education and training in the NHS, and points you towards other useful guidance. 

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Advanced clinical practice

A standard definition of advanced clinical practice has been developed as part of a wider piece of work which aims to recognise the value of advanced clinical practitioners.

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Care Certificate

A new national certificate for healthcare assistants and social care support workers is being introduced to drive up standards and consistency in patient care.

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End-of-life care

In this section, you'll find information, tools and resources to support staff to deliver high quality care for patients at the end of their lives. 

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Healthcare science

Modernising Scientific Careers has streamlined the education and training of healthcare scientists. Find out how it continues to shape the profession and the value of promoting the careers available to school children with an interest in science.


Skills for Health bridging programme

The bridging programme offers an alternative route to university education for able healthcare workers. Find out more about it.

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Preceptorships for newly qualified staff

The beginning of a newly qualified practitioner's career can be a challenging time. Initial experiences can shape how they develop in their career. To ensure the best possible start for newly qualified nurses, midwives and allied health professionals, a quality preceptorship programme is essential. 

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Medical students and clinical placements

The General Medical Council (GMC) has published additional advice to medical schools on how to help prepare medical students for clinical practice and the Foundation Programme.



Electronic learning (or e-learning) typically involves using a computer or smart technology to deliver part, or all, of a course. It is becoming ever more popular as an effective and accessible means of delivering learning.

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Reform of NHS student support

The government has announced that from the 1 August 2017 there will be changes to education funding for nursing, midwifery and allied health professional (AHP) students.

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Shape of Caring report

The Shape of Caring - a review of the education and training of the nurse and care assistant workforce.

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National Skills Academy for Health

The NSAH provides a range of resources and services to help employers develop their support workforce

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