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Care Act 2014

Section 97 – Planning education and training for healthcare workers etc.

593.The Secretary of State has a duty in section 1F of the National Health Service Act 2006 (the 2006 Act) to carry out his functions under prescribed enactments, including section 63 of the Health Services and Public Health Act 1968 and the 2006 Act, to secure an effective system for the planning and delivery of education and training to persons who are employed, or who are considering becoming employed, in an activity which involves or is connected with the provision of services as part of the health service in England. The duty applies in relation to people working in the NHS and public health system, and to trainee professionals at the start of their career, before they enter employment in the NHS and public health system. The Secretary of State’s duty was introduced in the Health and Social Care Act 2012.

594.Section 63 of the Health Services and Public Health Act 1968 gives the Secretary of State a power to provide, either directly or by entering into arrangements with others, education and training to persons specified in that section, which include all NHS and public health workers. Section 258 of the 2006 Act imposes a duty on the Secretary of State to make available facilities required by universities for clinical teaching and research connected with clinical medicine or clinical dentistry.

595.Subsection (1) delegates to HEE the Secretary of State’s duty under section 1F, so far as it applies to its functions under section 63(1) and (5) of the Health Services and Public Health Act 1968, section 258(1) of the 2006 Act and any other of the enactments listed in section 1F(3) of that Act as regulations may specify. The delegation of the Secretary of State’s duty gives HEE powers to take on responsibility for a wide range of matters relating to education and training, for example relating to workforce planning, the commissioning of education and training and the quality assurance and management of education and training provision. This power will also enable HEE to take on responsibility at a national level for continuing professional and personal development (CPD) provision, for example coordinating and leading CPD activities and investing funds in CPD.

596.Subsection (2) gives the Secretary of State a power by regulations to specify other functions of the Secretary of State to which section 1F(1) of the 2006 Act will apply, and to require HEE to carry out the resulting duty.

597.Subsection (3) gives the Secretary of State a power to specify that the duty in section 1F of the 2006 Act may be applied to persons of a specified description.

598.The 2006 Act places a duty on providers of NHS services, the National Health Service Commissioning Board (known as NHS England) and clinical commissioning groups to promote education and training to assist the Secretary of State in the discharge of his duty in section 1F. These duties are amended by subsection (4) to require co-operation with HEE to assist HEE, in addition to the Secretary of State, in the discharge of the section 1F duty.

599.Subsection (5) gives the Secretary of State power to make regulations to specify further functions for HEE relating to education and training.

600.Subsection (6) gives HEE a power to carry out other activities related to education and training, with the consent of the Secretary of State.

601.Section 63(6)(b) of the Health Services and Public Health Act 1968 gives the Secretary of State a power to pay travelling and other allowances to persons who are undertaking education and training under that section. Subsection (7) amends section 63(6) of that Act to give the Secretary of State a power to make such other payments as the Secretary of State considers appropriate and for payments to be made subject to such terms and conditions as the Secretary of State decides. The Secretary of State’s power to make such payment means that provisions can be made about suspension or termination of payments, and overpayments could be required to be repaid.

602.Subsection (8) provides that the power of the Secretary of State under section 63(6) of the 1968 Act is exercisable concurrently with HEE, but in exercising the power HEE must have regard to any guidance or other information issued by the Secretary of State.

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