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Commissioning for Quality

Through the 2015/16 Mandate, we committed to developing a single HEE Quality Framework for education and training.  Since August 2015, we have been developing the framework and an over-arching quality strategy developed with our local and national partners and stakeholders.


The work has been led by the Commissioning for Quality programme team, HEE Postgraduate Deans and shaped by seven task and finish groups and four national co-design events, the final event on 2nd March, focussed on implementation planning.

The Quality Strategy and Framework were approved for publication and implementation at the HEE Board meeting on 15th March. The full suite of quality documents includes the Quality Strategy, Framework, a framework handbook describing some of the processes we will be implementing, a multi-professional National Education and Training Survey (NETS) and glossary across the documents.

The framework sets out the expectations for quality within the work-based learning environment and our local teams will work with placement providers and higher education institutes to drive quality improvement and ensure that innovation and best practice is celebrated and shared across the country. The standards are also clear that patients are partners in developing and supporting education and training, setting out that providers proactively engage with patients, service users, carers, citizens and learners to shape curricula, assessments and course content to support an ethos of patient partnership within the learning environment. You can watch Sam Illingworth, Head of Commissioning for Quality and Marie Moore, Quality Transformation Manager talk about the quality documents and how they will enable Health Education England and others to drive up the quality of learning and assesment in the film above. 

"Through this work we will have a consistent and comparable view of quality in education and training across England. It will enable HEE and our partners to continually drive improvements in the quality of learning and assessment to ensure our current and future healthcare workforce have the right skills, values and behaviours to deliver high quality patient care.

"We consider this to be a positive proposition to the entire health and care educational system and it underpins HEE's role as a system leader in education and training".           

In the section below you will find the following documents:

  • HEE Quality Strategy – describing our vision for a consistent, multiprofessional approach to improving quality.
  • HEE Quality Framework – describing the domains, standards and expectations to demonstrate a high quality learning environment.
  • HEE Quality Standards - a summary of the standards referred to in the strategy
  • A HEE Quality Framework Handbook – describing our systems and processes by which we will evaluate, assess risks, manage and improve quality (to follow)
  • A national core set of metrics, supported by the National Education and Training Survey (NETS)* to be administered at local level to support our insight into the quality of learner placements (to follow)
  • Quality Framework Glossary - (to follow)

Our local teams will work with their partners to test the framework, standards and the National Education and Training Survey during 2016 so we can refine and build our evidence base that underpins it. HEE is planning a Quality Conference later in 2016 to share the learning from this testing and implementation phase.

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