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Learning and development

Bedford Hospital NHS Trust is proud to be a University of Cambridge Associate Teaching Hospital

Bedford Hospital NHS Trust recognises the contribution that employees make to the success of the organisation. It is therefore committed to ensuring that there are adequate opportunities made available to all employees for learning in order to maintain a motivated and competent workforce.

The Trust is committed to developing a culture of lifelong learning and establishing itself as a learning organisation. Our aim is to develop new ways of working in order to become an employer of choice that responds to the needs of its patients and community. A key element of this strategy is to ensure that staff are well trained and supported.


Learning and development strategy group

The Learning & Development Strategy group is responsible for determining workforce education priorities based on a collection of annual training needs based on service objectives, professional or legal requirements and risk management. The group also interprets national guidance and educational policy documents and monitors the effectiveness of education delivered across the Trust.


Appraisals and performance reviews

Learning is supported across the Trust through formal appraisals which provide the opportunity for cascading service objectives and agreeing team or individual objectives as well as identifying levels of skill, knowledge and ability.


Medical Staff


As a University of Cambridge Associate Teaching Hospital, education and training for all doctors within Bedford Hospital NHS Trust, including career development and pastoral care is overseen by the Learning and Education Resource Centre. For more information for Doctors in Training please click here.

Post Registration Education

Active post registration development is encouraged to MSc level (or equivalent) based on development pathways which must focus on service needs, improvements to patient safety and the patient experience with the applicant obtaining rounded advice from their line manager, training and development advisers or identified higher education institutes.


Internal Training Programme


The annual internal training programme is aligned to Trust, divisional and department objectives with one of the key drivers being the delivery of quality patient care.Programmes are delivered by specialists in the relevant field and are prepared to support multi-professional learning and include statutory training, health and safety, clinical skills, management and leadership development, communication skills and IT skills.

All new staff attend an induction programme which introduces them to the Trust and essential topics such as health and safety, infection control, fire safety, manual handling, and equality and diversity.


Pre-Professional Workforce

We aim to continue developing our pre-professional workforce through the provision of Apprenticeships including National Vocational Qualifications (NVQs), English for Speakers of Other Languages, Literacy, Numeracy and have built up excellent links with our training providers who help us scope provision of such essential training as and when the need arises.


Equality and Fair Treatment

The Trust is committed to equality and fair treatment, particularly through opportunities for appraisal, the design of personal development plans and access to training and education programmes.


Booking a learning event

All learning events should be booked centrally through the Learning and Education Resource Centre via educationcentrebookings@bedfordhospital.nhs.uk