Workforce Education & Development

It is recognised that good education and development of staff are vital for safe, personal and effective care. From the beginning of their careers here at East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust (ELHT), we want to enable staff to feel engaged and empowered to contribute to change in the way that services are delivered.

The Trust currently supports approximately 1,000 people in various types of health professional training roles; training and development are therefore part of our core business. The Trust aspires to increase recognition for the quality of education it delivers. So that the co-ordination and governance of education are strengthened, a Directorate of Education has been developed which comprises the following departments: Clinical Activity Support Team; Work-Based Education Team; Department of Postgraduate Medicine; Department of Undergraduate Medicine; Library and Knowledge Services; Education Support Services.

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Clinical Activity Support Team (CAST)

The team is led by a senior nurse with a background in Emergency Department work.

Resuscitation Training: The team has many years of experience as resuscitation trainers. The Trust is accredited by the Resuscitation Council, Royal College of Surgeons and the Advanced Life Support Group (Manchester) to provide advanced life support, paediatric life support, neonatal life support and advanced trauma life support. The team also provides a full range of basic and intermediate life support training.

Clinical Support: The clinical support strand of work is increasingly important. As we develop our clinical learning environment, support in practice is essential for trainees and trainers. We have a high-quality nurse preceptorship programme and are looking to develop this concept for other professions. The team supports our full range of clinical trainees.

Clinical Skills: The team provides training for a wide range of clinical skills in our dedicated clinical skills room including: cannulation, IV therapies, tracheostomy, ECG and catheterisation. A member of the team is dedicated to infection control and prevention training.

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Work-based Education team

The Work Based Education Team work to support new and existing ELHT staff on accredited qualifications as a partnership with all the local colleges and training providers.

The main aims of the WBET team are to:

  • support existing and new staff on the care certificate
  • support and mentor students from local colleges on the cadet scheme
  • facilitate work experience placements for students from our footprint to support university applications
  • engage with schools and colleges to raise the awareness of the variety of careers with the NHS and apprenticeships pathway in the NHS
  • offer a range of apprenticeships to existing and new staff within ELHT to support their role or career progression

The team is led by an Occupational Therapist by background, who has many years of senior management experience and supports the development of new roles within ELHT and has particular experience with the Advanced & Assistant practitioner programmes. She is also the trust Continuous Professional Development lead.

Practice Education Facilitation Team

The practice education facilitator team work to influence the quality of the clinical learning environment for all health and social care students within the trust.

The main aims of the PEF team are to:

  • ensure that clinical placements within the Trust meet local, National Professional and Regional Quality Standards for Education.
  • facilitate the development of mentor & clinical educator roles.
  • support students to maximise their potential.

Where do the PEF team work?

The PEF team work across the trust and within the private and voluntary sectors in East Lancashire. The PEF team support 16 different professions and around 500 students each year. The PEF team also work to support the new trainee Nursing Associate programme.

How do the PEF team link with the Healthcare Environment Inspectorate?

The PEF team work in partnership with the Healthcare Environment Inspectorate via a number of different forums, including:

  • Link tutor meetings
  • Practice Placement Forums
  • Policy Development Committees
  • Shared responsibility for Mentor  & Associate Mentor Workshops

How do the PEF team ensure that each placement area provides a good learning environment?
All clinical placement areas are required to meet National Professional and regional quality standards for education. In the Northwest all placement areas are required to complete a self-assessed clinical placement audit every two years.

New clinical placements receive a lot of input from the PEF team in order to ensure the area is a suitable learning environment.

Existing clinical placements also receive support from the PEF team. This may be in the form of problem solving, placement visits, help and guidance completing the education audit and monitoring of education action plans

How do the PEF team evaluate student learning and share this information within the trust?
At the end of each placement students complete evaluations. The PEF team ensure that this feedback is shared within the trust.

The PEF team also co-ordinate student mid or end of placement reviews that allow students to share their experiences of the care and learning within the trust.

Care Certificate

The Care Certificate was developed following the Cavendish Review jointly by skills for Health, Health Education England and Skills for Care and it;

  • applies across health and social care.
  • links to National Occupational Standards and units in qualifications.
  • covers what is required to be caring, giving workers a good basis from which they can further develop their knowledge and skill.

The Care Certificate is based on 15 standards, each standard comprises of knowledge and work based competencies which should be achieved approximately within the first 12 weeks of employment.

  • The Care Certificate provides an extended induction.
  • Developing people for health and healthcare
  • We are continuing to successfully capture all new Healthcare Assistants at corporate induction.


East Lancs Hospitals NHS Trust offers placements to Cadet Nurses from a partnership with Burnley, Blackburn & Nelson & Colne Colleges.

Placements are offered across the Trust including Health Centres, Students are supported with a dedicated mentor on clinical placements to support their level 3 extended diploma in Health & Social Care. Bespoke training and pastoral care is carried out by the Cadet Facilitator

Placements used as part of this course support students gain further knowledge around the clinical settings, working with different nurses and other healthcare professionals to support them on placement giving them an insight into the careers in the NHS.


Apprenticeships are offered to all substantive staff at ELHT. Apprenticeships are linked to an accredited course from level 2 (intermediate) – Level 7 (Master’s degree) covering both clinical and non-clinical job roles. All apprenticeships include elements of on and off the job training; some apprenticeships also require an assessment at the end of the programme to assess the learner’s ability and competence in their job role. When substantive staff enrol on an apprenticeship programme their job role and salary is not affected.

How do I apply & what apprenticeships are available link to my job role?

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Students looking to join the NHS as an apprentice
Apprenticeship vacancies are advertised on the hospital website, if you are over 16, live in England and are not in full time education you can apply for an apprenticeship. All apprenticeships are a real job and earn a salary. Apprenticeships take between one to five years to complete. Entry requirements depend on the sector and prior skills, if you have already achieved A levels you may still be expected to start at intermediate to build up your occupational skills.

Schools Engagement

NHS Careers & Engagement Hub is a recently launched initiative aimed at improving the information and support available to people who are looking for careers opportunities in the NHS throughout the region. The Hub provides a unique opportunity for local people, schools, colleges, education and training providers and employment support organisations to find out more about the educational and employment opportunities offered within the NHS. It also provides information about NHS careers, signposts enquiries and coordinates staff involvement and presence at local careers and engagement events.

Work experience

We wish to promote ELHT as an employer of choice and Work Experience/Shadowing has a vital role in introducing young people to NHS careers at ELHT.

Postgraduate department

We host over 300 postgraduate trainees at East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust and have one of the biggest Foundation programmes in the North West region, with an intake of 144 Foundation Year 1 (FY1) and Foundation Year 2 (FY2) trainees. In addition, we have 204 specialty trainees in August 2016, ranging from ST1 to ST8s. We make sure our Junior Doctors receive the best education possible so they can deliver the best care to our patients.

Undergraduate department

East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust (and its former hospital sites) has been providing undergraduate medical teaching for several decades. Manchester Medical School students attend for clinical training and in addition we have routinely taken a small cohort of international students from the American University of the Caribbean & ROSS University as well as accepting medical students from Universities in Europe for student elective placements. We have been shown to deliver high quality clinical education and now increasing numbers of students will be enjoying clinical training with us. From the summer of 2016 we are taking increasing numbers of Year 5 students from Lancaster University. Furthermore, the Trust is delighted to announce a strategic alliance with the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) as the main secondary care education provider for the new MBBS programme. From September 2017, students will rotate through different specialties for their clinical placements in Years 3, 4 and 5. Student numbers are predicted to rise each year. We remain focused on delivering high-quality education to all our students and give them a good foundation for their medical careers so that they can practise safe, personal and effective care for any patient.

Education Support Services


The Education Support teams provide a range of services, resources and learner support for all staff from Corporate Induction, supporting continuing and personal development through to personalised learner journeys and professional regulation requirements.

This team is led by a former Critical Care Nurse with over 16 years in Education, Learning and Development.

The services include the following:


Education Development

Our People Development Strategy states everyone has a talent and as a team we strive to enable staff to fulfil this. We aim to support the on-going development of our staff to facilitate Compassionate Collective Leadership at all levels.

We have a dedicated and experienced Education Development team with a background in occupational psychology, nursing, education and commercial / business; working closely with the divisions, education boards and the North West Leadership Academy.  They provide a portfolio of Leadership and Management programmes and short courses. They also enable organisational development through diagnostics, interventions and coaching / mentorship networks.

Nursing and Midwifery Revalidation

Our trust has an amazing team ready to help our Nurses and Midwives become Revalidation ready!
They support staff with:

  • dedicated email and telephone helpline
  • a range of monthly awareness and confirmer sessions
  • 1 to 1s with staff for their convenience
  • drop-in sessions on wards/departments
  • e-Portfolio development integrated within the Learning Hub and available for staff to record their Revalidation requirements

Our dynamic duo regularly have a Roadshow visiting our nursing and midwifery teams across all sites in East Lancashire with support, guidance and a smile.


Core and Essential skills

The Core and Essential Skills team provides high quality support, advice, guidance and training for the workforce, in the relation to the Trust’s Induction, Core and Essential Skills training provision.

We support our staff to deliver excellent care by ensuring that they have access to a high quality Corporate Induction and mandatory training programme.

The team facilitate the weekly Corporate Trust Induction Programme which includes values-based and Core Skills Training. We also visit clinical and non-clinical areas across the Trust where bespoke training is facilitated; tailoring the session(s) around a team, speciality and specific local risks.

We fully support the Trust vision and values, and believe that the effective provision of induction and core and essential skills training can help staff provide safe, personal and effective care.

Library and Knowledge Services

The Trust’s library services are open to all ELHT staff and students on placement, whatever their grade or discipline.  There are two libraries: the Learning Centre Library at Royal Blackburn Teaching Hospital and the Mackenzie Healthcare Library at Burnley General Teaching Hospital.

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We are looking for staff who care to make difference. If this is you and you are interested in working for ELHT NHS Trust and would like to learn more, then please search our vacancies here.

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