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Health Professions: Training

Volume 474: debated on Thursday 24 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what measures are under consideration by his Department to ensure that strategic health authorities meet their service level agreement commitments regarding multi-professional education and training. (200175)

In 2007-08 a service level agreement (SLA) and accountability framework has been issued to ensure that strategic health authorities (SHAs) are held to account for the training they support. The SLA also sets out that there should be a learning and development agreement in place with service providers to underpin the education and training funds passed to national health service trusts. The role of the Department should be to focus on outputs and accountability rather than on ensuring a fixed amount of money is spent for a particular purpose regardless of local priorities. Strategic health authorities (SHAs) provide relevant financial and activity data four times per year to the Department. SHAs also published an annual investment plan by 30 June 2007 setting out their planned investment in education and training for the year. We will be asking SHAs for an end of year report on the SLA shortly. They also provide relevant financial and activity data up to four times per year to the Department.