NHS Learning for Life campaign

The NHS Learning for Life campaign aims to:

  • Raise the level of awareness of learning opportunities,
  • increase the amount of learning taking place and
  • demonstrate the positive impact of learning.

The campaign was developed by the NHS Social Partnership Forum (SPF). The health sector trade unions – UNISON; Unite; GMB; Royal College of Nursing (RCN); the Royal College of Midwives (RCM); the Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists (SCP); and the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) – are members of the SPF along with NHS Employers and the Department of Health and others.

The campaign aims to grow a learning culture across the NHS, engaging, especially, the lower pay bands of staff to take up learning and encourage unions and employers to develop learning agreements.

One of the starting points for the campaign was a survey carried out by Skills for Health where they found that "the bottom 40% of NHS staff deliver 80% of patient contact but receive only 4% of the training budget."

Unionlearn has been working actively with the health sector unions and the NHS Employers to deliver a winning partnership campaign.

More information:

Contact: unionlearn Bargaining for Skills Officer Kirsi Kekki [email protected] (t: 020 7079 6953).

Making the Case for Learning and Skills in the Health Sector

Unionlearn has produced a short handout on some of the key arguments on benefits of learning in the health sector. The handout is a resource summarising central business arguments for employers and benefits for health sector employees that negotiators may wish to raise with health sector employers.