Improving Outcomes through Learning and Development
The importance of continuing professional development within healthcare is often emphasised. The positive impact of high quality learning and development is rarely celebrated, however. This category is a concerted effort to address that injustice.
We are seeking NHS teams or organisations which are successfully giving their staff the opportunity to learn and to develop their skills – and seeing improved outcomes as a result.
Delivering learning and development in healthcare is never straightforward. The immense pressures of ensuring high quality patient care day in, day out, means that it can be difficult to free up staff for training. We will be shortlisting departments, organisations and local health economies which have found ways to overcome that challenge.
- A clear rationale for specific learning and development initiatives
- An explanation of how the initiatives drew on existing best practice
- Quantitative evidence that outcomes have improved. That could be patient outcomes. It could also be improved efficiency or value for money, or simply improvements in the number of people successfully completing a training course.
- Clear evidence that the importance of learning and development is appreciated and supported at all levels of seniority
- Learning and development initiatives which have successfully spread within an organisation and – preferably – beyond
- Quantitative evidence that value has been bolstered as a result of the learning and development initiative
- Evidence that staff and patients have been fully engaged in the design and implementation of new learning and development courses