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Employers’ views sought on future commissioning of education and training

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 19 January 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d258

NHS Employers wants employer organisations to pitch in on what they think about the government’s plans to overhaul the way in which the healthcare sector plans, trains, and develops its workforce.

It has produced a discussion paper Influencing the future of education and training commissioning, which both summarises the Department of Health’s proposals outlined in Liberating the NHS: developing the NHS workforce and raises key questions for employers to consider.

These range from asking what the top three must haves are for the new system to more complex issues, such as the functioning and funding of the proposed skills networks; how providers will engage the public in workforce planning; and the requirements of the new body, Health Education England, due to operate in shadow form from later this year.

The responses will help shape NHS Employers’ final submission to the Department of Health’s consultation, which closes at the end of March. NHS Employers is also holding a free, web based discussion to outline the consultation’s key elements and to answer any questions.

The discussion paper can be downloaded on the NHS Employers website ( Comments should be submitted by 28 February 2010 to: whitepaper{at}

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