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Clinical learning environment

HEKSS is responsible for commissioning education and training for the NHS workforce in Kent, Surrey and Sussex from a wide variety of education and training providers.


In order to secure the supply of the future workforce and ensure that students and trainees are prepared with the skills and knowledge to deliver high quality care, we work with education providers to manage the clinical learning environment. This also enables us to ensure that training and education support the HEKSS skills development strategy and deliver the Health Education England mandate locally.

Our clinical learning environment strategy has three core elements:

  • High quality placements: Ensuring the provision of high quality clinical placements so that students can meet their clinical learning outcomes and learn from staff who demonstrate excellence in caregiving.
  • Capacity: Developing placement capacity so that students get a range of clinical experiences at the right time in their learning to meet their needs both now and in the future.
  • Infrastructure: Maximising effective educational support in practice and maintaining strong partnership working across stakeholders to benefit students.

Through our clinical learning environment strategy we aim to ensure that:

  • patients experience excellent care through the development of a skilled and compassionate workforce
  • student feedback about clinical placements is positive and learning outcomes are achieved
  • there are enough placements to meet the needs of students at appropriate times in their programme
  • innovative ways of learning in practice are supported, evaluated and shared
  • the quality of the learning experience and clinical learning environment are demonstrable.

For more information, please contact Jane Butler, Head of Clinical Education.

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