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Departmental Training

Volume 502: debated on Wednesday 16 December 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much (a) his Department and (b) its agencies have spent on away days in the last 12 months; and what the (i) subject and (ii) location of each away day was. (306406)

The Department is strongly committed to developing its staff and equipping them with the skills, knowledge and expertise they need to carry out their work. Away days make a significant contribution to such development.

Away days are typically arranged by individual teams in the Department and involve activities such as work planning, skills development and strategic thinking. No central records of these events are kept and extracting the necessary data from local sources would entail contacting approximately 200 teams and asking them to search for and retrieve the necessary information.

To collect this information task in the core Department would incur disproportionate costs.

The NHS Purchasing and Supply Agency has arranged the following away days in the last 12 months:

Date

Subject

Location

Spend (£)

28 January 2009

Corporate Services team development

Birmingham

1,071.52

11 February 2009

Procurement Enablement team development

Hinckley

5,499.51

15 April 2009

Change Management Group team development

Warwick University

608.16

30 April 2009

Sourcing staff development

Solihull

819.79

17 August 2009

Centre for Evidence-based Purchasing

Eynsham Hall

2,552.66

Total

10,551.64

The Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency has arranged the following away days in the last 12 months:

Division

Date

Subject

Location

Cost (£)

Licensing

8 January 2009

Licensing Division Managers SDI teambuilding and communication improvement event

Missenden Abbey Conference Centre, Buckinghamshire

9,931.26

IE and S

19 January 2009

GLP/GCP/PV Away Day

Node Conference Centre, Hertfordshire

2,389.60

Devices Medical

6 February 2009

Clinical Targets, Business Planning, Value for money and efficiency (Managers’ Away Day)

The Royal Horseguards, Whitehall, London

588.80

Devices Medical

6 February2009

Away Day

Penn, Buckinghamshire

0.00

Executive Board

24 February 2009

Executive Board Away Day

Springs Hotel, Wallingford, Oxfordshire

5,243.95

Policy

9 March 2009

Training/development day on diversity

Windrush Exhibition, Imperial War Museum, Lambeth, London

649.75

VRMM

13 March 2009

SDI teambuilding event/VRMM Information for Public Health Group Away day

Brit Oval, Kennington, London

6,285.13

Directorate

26 March 2009

Directorate Away Day/Belbin team roles and work planning

Institute of Directors, Pall Mall, London

834.00

Device Technology and Safety

23 April 2009

Away Day

Athenaeum Hotel, Piccadilly, London

868.50

Human Resources

6 May 2009

FIRO-B teambuilding event

Wallacespace, Covent Garden, London

2,900.00

Licensing

8 May 2009

ECSSM Away Day/Belbin team roles

Brit Oval, Kennington, London

1,863.58

VRMM

15 June 2009

VRMM Management Away day

London Marriott Hotel County Hall, Westminster Bridge Road, London

1,717.39

Communications

26 June 2009

CCM—Strategy day

Wallacespace, Covent Garden, London

3,198.50

IE and S

17 August 2009

Leadership Team Awayday

Regency Hotel, South Kensington, 100 Queen's Gate, London SW7 5AG

448.00

VRMM

10 September 2009

VRMM Therapeutic Review Group Away day

Brit Oval, Kennington, London

1,715.23

Device Technology and Safety

17 September 2009

Away Day

Athenaeum Hotel, Piccadilly, London

810.00

Communications

25 September 2009

Information Centre Away Day

Chelsea Physic Garden, Central London

1,154.00

Policy

27 October 2009

Training/development day

Jodrell Laboratory, Kew Gardens, London

65.00

Policy

3 November 2009

Policy Skills and Business Planning

Riverside Park Plaza, Albert Embankment, London

1,419.00

IE and S

17 November 2009

Away Day

Hitchin Priory, Hertfordshire

2,119.37

IE and S

25 November 2009

Team Building Event

The Belfry, Birmingham

2,743.44

VRMM

8 December 2009

VRMM Signal Management Group Away day

The Raceway, Docklands, London

2,700.00

Comms

15 December 2009

Senior Manager Away day

Brighton

2,805.00

Total

52,449.50