Specialist Skills and Post-Registration Development
Across England overall funding to support workforce development has fallen in 2016/17 when compared with 2015/16 spending levels. This is because HEE have had to redirect resources into Future Workforce spending as a consequence of the need to meet the costs of increased nursing and AHP commissions to meet future service workforce requirements. HEE have had no increase in their overall budget to meet these costs so we have had to redistribute our resources to ensure a balanced budget position is achieved.
In Yorkshire and the Humber this has resulted in a reduction in funding of £5m on what was a £12m Workforce Development budget. As a consequence local discussions with service providers and universities have highlighted the need to focus our remaining resources on key clinical service priorities for training and for universities to review module utilisation and to identify which modules will now be included in their 2016/17 portfolios. Any decisions on the modules contained within HEI portfolios have been made following discussions with local service providers and HEE. Key priorities for service providers have included for example;
Advanced Clinical Practitioner programmes
Assistant Practitioner courses
Critical care, mental health, and care of the acutely ill child
HEE continues to fund a variety of Specialist Skills and Post-Registration Development opportunities (formerly part of the Continuing Professional Development portfolio) with a number of education providers. For more details click Yorkshire and the Humber Course Finder - Health Education England
Where emerging demand for further key investment in education and training occurs in year, HEE have developed a new system for handling such requests from service providers (not individuals) who will be required to make an application for funding.