Clare Chapman, NHS workforce director general, acknowledged there had been variations in NHS spending on post-registration training.
She suggested that organisations would be wise to increase funding for training to empower nurses to meet the goals of the NHS Next Stage Review, the first part of which was published in summer.
‘We are not spending enough on CPD. If you look across the service, we see there are some organisations spending 1% [of their income] on CPD and others are spending very different amounts,’ Ms Chapman told NT at the chief nursing officer’s summit in Bristol last week.
‘We should have a benchmark and say we need this or that sort of spending around CPD,’ she added.
While she was unable to commit to an ideal level of NHS CPD spending, Ms Chapman said: ‘In the private sector
we are looking at a 2% spend on CPD.’
She also reiterated plans, set out in the NHS Next Stage Review, to make trusts more transparent on training by revealing the level of resources they provided to nurses and other staff – a move that followed NT’s six-month Time Out for Training campaign earlier this year calling on trusts to ringfence funding and time for training.
Ms Chapman said: ‘We’re going to look at coming up with a measure for those given government funding around this, and they will have to stand up their skills to that measure.’
But Ms Chapman also warned that the NHS did not have a ‘big pot of money’ to spend on education and organisations should not just expect new money to be handed out by the government.
Instead, she said that organisations should spend money more sensibly and make the best use of existing resources. She suggested looking at areas where money was currently being wasted and could be transferred to cover post-registration training costs.