Better Training Better Care


Health Education England's (HEE) Better Training Better Care programme aims to improve the quality of training and learning for the benefit of patient care by enabling the delivery of the key recommendations from the Time for Training and Foundation for Excellence reports. 

Better Training Better Care seeks to deliver improved patient outcomes, safety and experience through better training and better systems of care by:

  • building on service redesign to draw upon greater consultant involvement in the delivery of care
  • improved and more immediate supervision of trainees
  • enhanced multidisciplinary working which supports training
  • trainees undertaking training on procedures and skills in simulation environments.

A major part of the programme involved 16 pilot sites which each ran a project with the aim of improving the quality of training and learning for the benefit of patient care. Ten of the pilots successfully delivered this. 

HEE published the evaluation report to the pilot projects on 16 January 2015. The report sets out what pilot trusts have achieved through their projects, the benefits that were realised and opportunities that have arisen, as well as the challenges and lessons learnt.

NHS Employers published a board member briefing on 27 February 2015 about the local pilots to show how innovative solutions in medical education can help to improve care, safety and make cost savings.

Also in Febtuary, HEE started uploading a resource bank which sets out how the ten local pilots could be adopted nationally and also suggests ways of developing local improvement initiatives.

Employers will also benefit from the work that HEE has commissioned around improving and valuing the Role of the trainer. Linked with the GMC's Recognition and approval of trainers, HEE has pulled together a number of resources for trainers, employers and medical leaders to support, promote and develop the role of the educational and clinical supervisor in postgraduate medical education and training.

The consultant led aspect of Better Training Better Care is supported by the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges' January 2012 review into the Benefits of Consultant Delivered Care.

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BTBC: Role of the trainer

Health Education England released guidance at the end of October 2013 to support the role of the trainer and provide advice on achieving recognition for educational and clinical supervisors.

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Foundation for Excellence: an evaluation of the foundation programme

Medical Education England (MEE) carried out a formal evaluation of the Foundation Programme, chaired by Professor John Collins.


Temple Report - Time for Training

Medical Education England (MEE) published its independent review into the European Working Time Directive (EWTD) and its impact upon the quality of postgraduate training.


Better Training Better Care - evaluation reports

Better Training Better Care - evaluation reports now published.

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