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Clinical training(For up to date guidance see the BMA website.) There are no statutory regulations that specify how often primary care clinical staff should be trained in their clinical skills.  Fundamentally,  if anything untoward happened in your practice, the Partners must be able to stand in front of a coroner or judge and justify that the training they had provided for their staff was sufficient to ensure they were competent and confident to undertake the task given to them.  It would be wise to check guidance from:

  • GMC
  • CQC
  • Health and Safety Executive
  • Resuscitation Council
  • Enhanced Services Specifications

to see if they are making specific training recommendations.

'Mandatory' means that specified training is compulsory at the discretion of the employer, however there are many other examples of good practice in training that you may wish to follow to keep all staff up to date.

Non-Clinical training(For up to date reference see the BMA website.) There are mandatory training requirements for all staff, including doctors and practice nurses, basically as follows:

  • Induction: once (within first month of employment and reviewed as necessary)
  • Fire Safety: as required - make sure everyone knows the procedures and how to find and operate appliances
  • Manual Handling: once then refreshed when necessary
  • Infection Control: as required
  • CPR/Basic Life Support: annual updates recommended, but not mandatory
  • Information Governance: once, then refreshed annually.

In addition the following are also recommended:

  • Safeguarding (adults and children): e-learning is acceptable. (PNs and doctors are required to do a higher level of training)
  • Equality and Diversity: once, and refresh as necessary
  • Mental Capacity Act: once, and refresh as necessary
  • Conflict resolution: once, and then every 3 years

For team leaders or managers of staff or appointed leads it is also recommended that the following are covered at least once and periodically refreshed:

  • Managing Performance
  • Recruitment and Selection
  • Appraisal training
  • Managing sickness and absence
  • Risk assessment
  • Health and Safety

By the way, there is no obligation on general practitioners to take part in PREVENT training.  If  you have no nominated PREVENT lead in the practice you can legitimately say 'no' in the eDec questionnnaire without fear of any come-back.  Whilst completing the eDec is mandatory, practices should not expect to answer 'yes' to all questions and a number of the questions are intended to assess the current situation and are not for performance management purposes. The Prevent question falls into this category. 


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