Access to Learning and Development

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2008 Health Care Service Group Conference
12 December 2007
Carried as Amended

Conference notes the re-launch of the Knowledge and Skills Framework which accompanied the 2007 pay settlement for England.

Conference recognises that the original intention of KSF was to provide learning and career development for all NHS staff rather than a small proportion of staff using the majority of the training budget.

At a time when many NHS trusts are in deficit and cutting services, it becomes difficult for staff who do not require CPD evidence for registration purposes to access learning and development opportunities.

Conference also believes that the majority of learning opportunities take place within a traditional 9-5 working day thus limiting access to part-time and exclusively unsocial hours workers, the majority of whom are women.

Conference calls on the Health Service Group Executive to :

1)Call on government to equality impact assess the implementation of the KSF to assess how it currently benefits women and part-time workers;

2)Lobby for increased funding to undertake NVQs / SVQs up to and including level III for all staff;

3)Lobby for increased availability of learning and development opportunities for workers on exclusively unsocial hours contracts.