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Departmental Training

Volume 478: debated on Thursday 26 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what training courses were (a) available to and (b) taken up by civil servants in his Department in the last 12 months. (210578)

The corporate training courses available to and taken by staff in the Department between September 2007 and May 2008 are shown in the following table:

Course title

Number of courses held

Number of attendees

Business planning action learning sets

1

10

Coaching for performance

1

6

Competencies, self assessment and development planning

1

5

Conducting a performance review

2

14

Corporate induction

9

158

Dealing with excellent and poor performance

1

8

Dispute resolution—mediation training

1

5

Equality impact assessment

12

111

Introductory certificate in project management

1

9

Introduction to performance management

5

62

Leadership—accountability, project and plans workshop

3

23

Leadership—effective leadership/managing people workshop

3

27

Leadership—financial leadership workshop

2

19

Leadership—organisation and change workshop

1

8

Leadership—personal impact workshop

4

41

Leadership—resource budget workshop

1

8

Leadership—strategic leadership workshop

4

38

Leadership workshop

5

41

Managing and working in diverse teams

5

38

Managing change

4

24

Mentoring

8

61

Monitoring performance, collecting and giving feedback

1

8

Finance—resource budget management

7

78

Finance—strategic management

1

29

Setting objectives

1

9

The manager as a developer

3

21

Thinking through slides

5

44

Working with local Government

5

50

Working with Ministers

10

119

The requested information has only been collated in the form presented since September 2007, and therefore cannot be provided for the whole of the last year.

In addition to corporate training, decisions will have been taken at a local level to send staff on external training courses where a need was identified for training not provided within the Department. There is no centrally held record of this type of action, and it would involve disproportionate cost to gather the information.