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Substance Misuse: Training

Volume 454: debated on Monday 11 December 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what training on substance misuse is provided to (a) social workers and (b) midwives. (104630)

For health and social care professionals, it is the responsibility of the appropriate regulatory bodies to set standards for the pre-registration training of doctors, nurses, social workers and other health care professionals and approve the education institutions that provide the training and determine the curricula.

Post-registration training needs for national health service staff are determined against local NHS priorities, through appraisal processes and training needs analyses informed by local delivery plans and the needs of the service. The post-qualification framework for social workers has been reviewed by the General Social Care Council and new arrangements for post qualification awards will come into force in September 2007.

For health and social care workers, national occupational standards set out the skills, knowledge and values required and are used as benchmarks for national vocational qualifications. Joint health and social care national occupational standards contain specific standards on dealing with substance abuse.

It is the responsibility of social care service providers and NHS trusts to ensure that their employees are suitably qualified and competent.