A new mandate published by the Government today sets out the priority areas Health Education England (HEE) needs to focus on in the delivery of its functions.
The HEE mandate for 2015 to 2016 – ‘Delivering high quality, effective, compassionate care: Developing the right people with the right skills and the right values’ – provides strategic objectives for HEE around: (i) workforce planning; (ii) health education; and (iii) training and development.
“This latest mandate to Health Education England identifies a number of priorities for the future, as well as providing an opportunity to recognise the excellent progress that has been made in meeting the objectives set in previous mandates”, observes Dr Dan Poulter (pictured), the parliamentary under-secretary of state for health, in the forward to the mandate.
Mr Poulter continues: “The ability of our NHS to deliver world class compassionate care is dependent on the quality of training and education of our staff. During my training to become an NHS doctor, I benefited from inspirational teachers and world class education and training.
“But education is a never-ending process. Training, both formal and informal, should always continue throughout a healthcare professional’s career. Above all, Health Education England exists to serve patients. Whether in Whitehall, on a ward, or in a classroom, each of us with responsibility for health and care needs to remember that the needs of our patients must always be the focus of what we do each and every day of our working lives.”
Among the mandate’s target audience are NHS Trust & Foundation Trust CEs, Medical Directors, Directors of Education and Training, Directors of Health and Social Care Workforce Planning, Directors of Public Health, and NHS Trust Board Chairs.
The mandate is available on the Department of Health website.