Health training gets the all-clear

TRAINING programmes for North East health staff have passed a check-up by Ofsted inspectors.

The North East Strategic Health Authority (NESHA) has been awarded an overall ‘good’ grade, with ‘outstanding features’, following an inspection of its training provision in July.

The authority provides training for thousands of nurses, physiotherapists and support staff in hospitals, mental health trusts, primary care and community services.

Inspectors observed teaching sessions, reviews and assessments and interviewed learners, staff and partner organisations before delivering their verdict.

They found that learners’ achievement was good, teaching, training and learning was at a high level, and the needs of learners and employers were met.

The authority was highly praised for equality and diversity and partnership work, while learners were found to develop personal and social skills and confidence, as well as vocational knowledge.

Co-Chairman of the North East Local Education and Training Board Martin Barkley said: “Delivering a high standard of training is essential in our aim to improve patient care. This is a fantastic result for all involved in the training of NHS support staff in the North East.”