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Information and guidance around Quality during the Covid-19 pandemic

Health Education England is stopping all routine education quality activities during the Covid-19 pandemic. Our focus remains on the quality of the clinical learning environment and its impact on the safety of learners and patients. Our principles, expectations and information on how to raise concerns during this time are set out in the documents below:

Our Quality Strategy and Quality Framework, which underpins our approach can be found here. Please note these documents are currently under review, with updated versions due to be published in early 2021.


Our Quality Framework

Our HEE Quality Framework for education and training sets out the expectations for quality within the work-based learning environment. 

The multi-professional framework enables us to support our system partners and education and placement providers by delivering a whole workforce quality perspective. This approach will also provide a platform to respond to concerns about education and training quality from across the system, and enable the identification, sharing and adoption of good practice across the health and care system.

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. 

We have signed an agreement to help us share concerns with 7 other system and professional regulators more effectively. The ‘Emerging Concerns Protocol’ seeks to provide a clearly defined mechanism for organisations with a role in quality and safety of care provision to share information and intelligence that may indicate risks to users of services, their carers, families or professionals. It includes 5 overarching objectives for our organisation: thinking and leading, analysing and influencing, changing and improving, delivering and implementing and focusing on tomorrow.