Health Education England (HEE) has set out how it will support the NHS now and, in the future, and meet the ongoing challenges of the coronavirus pandemic, in its Business Plan for 2021/22.
The business plan sets out how HEE will respond to the challenges facing the NHS, as outlined in the Long-Term Plan, the People Plan and due to COVID-19. The focus is on recovery and delivery as HEE oversees the undergraduate and postgraduate health education and training for around 240,000 students and trainees.
HEE has outlined three strategic long-term goals, which are supported by objectives that reflect current NHS priorities:
Future Workforce – Reform clinical education to produce the highest quality new clinical professionals ever in the right number. This includes helping to deliver 50,000 more nurses by 2024, increasing the number of GP training places to 4,000 and reducing health inequalities by widening access to health careers.
Current Workforce – Transform today’s workforce into a co-operative, flexible, multi-professional, digitally enabled system. This includes supporting the expansion and development of multi-disciplinary teams in primary care and expanding the advanced practice programme.
Quality - Assure and deliver with partners, quality education and training that is rigorous, highly sought after and future focussed. HEE will listen to healthcare learners and work with partners to make lasting improvements to education and training.
Dr Navina Evans, Chief Executive of HEE, said:
“We are pleased to publish our business plan which sets out our aims for the coming year. We have refreshed our organisational goals to be more ambitious, strategic and challenging and to respond to the needs of the NHS which have been impacted by coronavirus in many ways.
“Over the past year, we have all needed to be agile, innovative, and cooperative. Now we must refocus and recover by learning lessons, supporting our people, and working together. In our case, continuing to support the NHS; helping learners deal with the mental and physical aftermath; and securing the future progress of qualified clinicians with as little delay as possible.”
Read the HEE Business Plan https://www.hee.nhs.uk/about/work-us/recovery-delivery-hee-business-plan-202122
You can also read HEE's latest Mandate from the Government here https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/health-education-england-mandate-2021-to-2022