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Education Commissioning

The Education Commissioning Team works with NHS Trusts, Education Providers (including Universities and Further Education Colleges), and other health and social care bodies in the public and private sectors. We commission and manage a range of education and development opportunities to support the whole workforce and we aim to;

“commission and educate outstanding healthcare workers who are well trained, flexible and competent to meet changing public and patient needs in an increasingly cost-conscious environment”

Our work is governed and directed by a range of assurance processes (World Class Commissioning, Commissioning Assurance Framework) and input from Trust Workforce Plans from across the whole of the South Central region. In this way we ensure that the Multi-Professional and Education Training Levy ( MPET ) is spent in the development of a workforce that is well trained, flexible and competent to meet changing public and patient needs in an increasingly cost conscious environment.

The Education Commissioning Strategy for 2012 - 2013 has been published. For further information, please follow these links:


Information about our aims and objectives, business plans and up to date reports can be found on this page.

Potential students will be interested in the range of funded training opportunities that we commission to ensure that we have the right staff, in the right place in the right quantities both now and in the future.

An image of a Physiotherapist and new mother.Existing staff also benefit from the Continuing Professional Development modules we commission in conjunction with your Trust’s education team. The CPD needs of all professional groups are considered so there should always be something of interest. Don’t forget, there are also opportunities through Widening Participation and the Innovation and Development team.


The responsibilities of the Education Commissioning team include:

  • Supporting both Thames Valley and Wessex Local Education and Training Boards ( LETB s) to deliver the core functions of LETB s as directed by Health Education England ( HEE ). These include the following:
  • Engaging with our stakeholders to develop an integrated workforce education commissioning strategy in line with the skills development strategy and workforce plans.
  • Implement all elements of the education commissioning strategy, for example: procurement; contracting, performance management and working with education and placement providers to develop educational solutions to deliver better patient care.
  • Ensuring that education commissioned is of high quality supported by high quality placement learning.
  • Working with medicine and dentistry to enable an interprofessional approach to education commissioning, wherever possible.
  • Supporting the unregistered workforce and the existing clinical workforce to ensure that all staff have the required knowledge, skills, competencies, values and beliefs to drive enhanced patient care.
  • Ensuring that students, patients and carers contribute to the education we commission.


The current key drives include:

  • Refocus education commissioning on quality.
  • Drive value for money.
  • Fully reflect the principles of World Class Commissioning.
  • Deliver a workforce that is fit to deliver high quality care within evolving NHS service delivery models.
  • Moving to care pathways.

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