National award for Blackpool NHS training team

Members of the IT Training team at Blackpool

A Fylde coast NHS training team has received a national award.

The Health Informatics Education and Training Team at Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has received the Silver award from the NHS Digital Training Service Accreditation (TSA) scheme.

The scheme involves the training service being externally assessed by NHS Digital TSA assessors. The assessment measures the performance of the training service against National NHS Education and Training Standards and proves the service is operating at a nationally recognised standard.

Shaun Bucknill, Head of ICT at the Trust, said: “I am really proud the team has achieved the silver award from its first assessment. This confirms the high standards of training offered by the team in its delivery of learning packages.

“Over the next few years the team will build upon this success through the development of a more accessible and wider range of clinical, process and IT learning.’’

Joanne Burnell, Deputy Head of Professional Development at the Trust, added: “Completing this accreditation has ensured the team is following best practice and working to standards developed by healthcare training professionals.

“This has in turn led to improvements in our training service, design and delivery, demonstrating a better return on investment and assurances that we are meeting the objectives of our department and of the Trust.

“It is also proof that the quality of our training delivery and all related activities are of a high standard.’’

The assessors highlighted a number of areas of good practice stating:

  • The service is well established within the Trust and has a high profile with good links to project teams for collaborative working.
  • The training service actively promotes its services within the organisation and proactively gathers feedback from stakeholders in order to identify areas for improvement, for example in the creation of ‘bite sized’ training modules.
  • The team is keen to improve and quality is seen as important.
  • The service ensures it supports its learners, ensuring their needs are met through the training that is delivered and that access to the training and training rooms is possible for all staff.
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