Government commits to increase NHS staff development spending

The government has committed to increasing its spending on NHS staff development

In an attempt to help address workforce challenges, the government has made a new commitment to increase its spending on NHS staff development.

In response, the director of policy and strategy at NHS Providers, Miriam Deakin said:

“Any additional funding for staff development and training would be very welcome and is one part of a broader plan to improve the offer of support for current staff and address the severe workforce shortages the NHS faces.

“We need to retain staff within the NHS and ensure we offer attractive careers to new joiners. We should be doing everything we can to ensure that hard-working NHS staff feel valued and have the opportunities to develop themselves and their careers within the health service.

“As always we need to see the detail behind this funding announcement, and how it will work given cuts to training budgets over recent years.

“Trusts will also need clarity over whether they will be expected to front some of this additional cost.”

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