Health Education England

Health Education England (HEE) provides leadership for workforce development, education and training across the NHS. It ensures that the shape and skills of the future health and public health workforce evolve to sustain high quality outcomes for patients in the face of demographic and technological change. HEE works with key stakeholders to ensure that the workforce has the right skills, behaviours and training, and is available in the right numbers, to support the delivery of excellent healthcare and drive improvements. HEE supports healthcare providers and clinicians with their responsibilities for planning and commissioning education and training through Local Education and Training Boards (LETBs)

Updated:
10 February 2016
Location:
National
Sectors:
Health, Hospitals and Hospital Trusts

1. Action Plan

1. The National Dementia Declaration lists seven outcomes that the DAA are seeking to achieve for people with dementia and their carers. How would you describe your organisation’s role in delivering better outcomes for people with dementia and their carers?

Health Education England working with its local education and training boards provides the leadership necessary to develop the training programmes required to support staff across the NHS workforce to diagnose symptoms of dementia and ensure they are aware of the needs of patients and their families and carers to enable them to provide safe, dignified and compassionate care. In particular, the GP workforce will be developed to ensure it has the skills necessary to identify and work with dementia patients.

2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?

The NHS and those delivering services on behalf of the NHS are made up of a broad spectrum of providers. The educational challenges include working with a large number of educational institutes and service challenges include providing consistency of educational outcomes across a multi professional workforce with different education and training requirements. The challenges are to bring all of the partners together and to develop shared understandings of the condition, its stages of development and the needs of the individual and their carers.  

Member contacts

www.hee.nhs.uk

2. Actions

  • Ensure relevant education and training is available to all Health and Social Care Staff

    HEE with its partners will ensure that relevant education and training is available to all healthcare staff, widely publicised across the health and social care system and not least is fit for purpose and takes account of patient and carer needs.

    Status:
    Delivered

    2014 - Third Quarter Update

    A wide range of on-line and face to face dementia education and training is available to health and social care staff much of which is free at the point of delivery for example. National e learning for health modules

    http://www.e-lfh.org.uk/proj…/dementia/open-access-sessions/

  • 100 000 NHS staff to receive dementia awareness training

    Health Education England will ensure that by 100,000 NHS staff have received dementia awareness training. This will mean that staff are aware of the needs of patients and their families and carers and are able to:

    • Spot the early symptoms of dementia
    • Know how to interact with those with dementia
    • Signpost people to the most appropriate care
    Status:
    Delivered

    2014 - Second Quarter Update

    By March 2014 109,000 NHS staff had received Dementia Awareness Training and a new target of training an additional 250,000 was set by the Department of Health to be achieved by March 2015

  • Ensure that all healthcare staff involved in the care of people with dementia have the necessary skills to deliver best quality care

     HEE will:

    Ensure that all Undergraduate and pre registration healthcare courses include training in dementia Ensure that all newly qualified staff receive dementia awareness training Establish the requirements of training for practitioners and for expert leaders working with people with dementia

    Status:
    Implementation

    2014 - Third Quarter Update

    The National Dementia Core Knowledge and skills Framework is in final draft form and about to be launched by Health Education England and Skills for Health.

    THis will be used to benchmark existing provision; comission future provision and identify any gaps in training provision and plan how these can be filled

    2014 - Second Quarter Update

    The HEE Dementia Education and Training Project has named lead in each Local Education and Training Board who is implementing roll out plans designed to meet their regional dementia awareness training targets.

    HEE is working collaboratively with a wide range of key stakeholders to develop a National Dementia Core Skills and Knowledge Framework with agreed training standards and principles which will be used to benchmark existing provision; comission future provision and identify any gaps in training provision and plan how these can be filled.

  • An additional 250,000 healthcare staff will have undertaken dementia awareness training by March 2015

     

    At the end of Quarter 3 ( 31st December 2014) over 400,000 NHS staff have completed Dementia Awareness Training 

    Status:
    Delivered

    2014 - Third Quarter Update

     

    Dementia Education Leads in each Local Education and Training Board are implementing roll out plans designed to meet their Dementia Awareness training targets.

    Quarter 1 targets have been met and exceded.

    Quarter 3 targets have been met and exdeded with over 400,000 staff trained