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National Treatment Agency

Volume 406: debated on Friday 23 May 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the training (a) budget and (b) actual expenditure was for the National Treatment Agency in (i) 2002–03 and (ii) 2003–04. [113786]

[holding answer 16 May 2003]: The National Treatment Agency for Substance Misuse"s (NTA) actual spend on training in 2002–03 and proposed training budget in 2003–04, is shown in the table.

£
Actual Spend

2002–03
Budget Spend

(proposed)

2003–04
For NTA staff34,00030,000
For the field (Workforce Planning)725,000660,000
Total:759,000690,000

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what training budget there is through the National Treatment Agency for implementing models of care. [113984]

The National Treatment Agency (NTA) has centrally funded nine regional training and development events to date on models of care. These had a total of 1,050 participants and were highly rated on consumer satisfaction questionnaires.These events cost about £86,000, which is in addition to the £759,000 that the NTA spent on training in 2002–03. The NTA"s overall proposed training budget for 2003–04 is £690,000.All the NTA"s training and development initiatives from February are in line with models of care, and will reinforce its implementation as the proxy national service framework. We also now expect drug action teams to fund any local training initiatives that they identify their local work force as requiring.