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Planning and Commissioning

Planning and Commissioning

There are over 300 different careers in the NHS, we commission education and training programmes for 129  different types of healthcare staff ranging from paramedics, pathologists, midwives, biomedical scientists, GPs, paediatric nurses and more.

Each year we identify the numbers, skills, values and behaviours that employers tell us they need for the future. Please view our Workforce Plan for England. Based on the national plan, we then develop local workforce plans.

Our planning and commissioning programmes ensure that the NHS has the right number of staff with the right skills, values and behaviours, in the right areas to provide safe, effective care for patients.

The Wessex 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.

Our work is governed and directed by a range of assurance processes (World Class Commissioning, Commissioning Assurance Framework) and input from NHS Trust Workforce Plans. In this way we ensure that funding for education and training 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.

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.

Existing registered staff also benefit from the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) 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.

Bands 1-4 staff will also be interested in opportunities for apprenticeships and widening participation.


The responsibilities of the Education Commissioning team include:

⇒ Engaging with our stakeholders to develop an integrated workforce education commissioning strategy in line with NHS trust workforce plans, skills development strategies and organisational development 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 and drive value for money.

⇒ Ensuring that education commissioned is of high quality supported by high quality placement learning.

⇒ Working with medicine and dentistry to enable an inter-professional approach to education commissioning.

⇒ Supporting the pre-registered 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.


For more information please contact:

PA: Jenny Vincent, 01962 718526, jenny.vincent@hee.nhs.uk

Education quality

Wessex has a responsibility to all healthcare learners within the region, that the education and training they receive, meets all required standards and provides a safe, high quality educational learning experience.

Education quality

Education providers

Wessex has worked with commissioned higher education providers and many more further education colleges and independent providers, and ensured that students received high quality education and training to prepare them for a career in healthcare.

Education providers