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Standards for assuring quality in practice placements

This project has been commissioned by Health Education South London to help ensure that the multi-professional practice environment so critical to all learners being trained as the safe, effective and compassionate clinicians of the future, is fit for purpose across the healthcare sectors and specialties.

Education and training are key themes throughout the government response to the final Francis Report, Hard Truths: the Journey to Putting Patients First published in November 2013. It particularly highlighted that ‘education and training are critical to securing the culture change necessary for the best patient care now and in the future’.

Additionally the aim for education providers and employers to work together with a joint objective of continually improving the quality of the practice learning environment has been demonstrated with the introduction of the placement tariff. The Department of Health (DH) advised in Liberating the NHS: Developing the Healthcare Workforce from Design to Delivery (2012) that the move to a tariff based system for education and training is also a foundation to a transparent funding regime.

Therefore the assurance of quality is the main driver of this work while also examining the linking of the payment of the placement tariff to the successful achievement of the Standards to ensure the strengthening and support of multi-professional education.

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