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May 21, 2012

Severe lack of staff training is putting NHS patients at risk: study

Over three quarters of healthcare managers in the UK believe that patient care is at risk due to a lack of proper staff training and development, according to a new study.

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Over three quarters of healthcare managers in the UK believe that patient care is at risk due to a lack of proper staff training and development, according to a new study.

The research, from the Institute of Healthcare Management (IHM), found that 87% of managers believe the training gap has led to low team morale and a further 87% feel a lack of confidence in staff as a direct result.

A quarter (24%) of managers believe they don’t have access to the support they need to develop their leadership and management skills while a third (33%) feel their direct line manager doesn’t have the skills and experience necessary to further improve them, according to the survey.

IHM found that 58% of managers have only had mandatory training in the last year despite a large majority of those surveyed (69%) calling for leadership and management training to develop skills in the NHS.

To improve the present scenario, 75% of health managers feel that senior managers should be supported to develop and train others, while 46% believe that more funds should be allocated to run leadership courses.

"IHM found that 58% of managers have only had mandatory training in the last year despite a large majority of those surveyed (69%) calling for leadership and management training to develop skills in the NHS."

IHM chief executive Sue Hodgetts said that despite widespread acknowledgement about the importance of strong leadership and management in the NHS, it is clear patients’ health and even lives may be at stake as a result of the current lack of relevant, good quality leadership and management development programmes.

"Moreover, 48% of those surveyed believe this lack of investment in continuous professional development makes the NHS an unattractive employer," Hodgetts added.

The IHM study has come hot on the heels of the Government commissioned King’s Fund’s report into leadership for engagement in the NHS, which will be launched at its Second Annual Summit on 23 May.

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