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Health Visitors: Training

Volume 498: debated on Monday 26 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the mechanisms are for funding of training health visitors; and how much such funding is being provided by (a) the Government and (b) private sources in 2009-10. (295460)

Health visitor training is funded from the £4.6 billion multi-professional education and training budget (MPET) allocated to strategic health authorities (SHAs) and is commissioned by SHAs. Within the overall MPET resources allocated, it is a matter for each SHA to determine their own priorities including how much is spent on post-registration training commissions for health visitors. Under the current service level agreement with SHAs, each SHA is expected to provide for investment in training commissions based on long term workforce need and local financial plans.

Information on how much funding is being provided for health visitor training from private sources in 2009-10 is not held centrally.