Quality Assurance Framework: Evaluating the Impact in Practice of Commissioned Education Programmes
In 2017 NIPEC undertook work to revise the Learning Agreement and Evaluation of Learning in Practice template. The aim of this template was to support Nurses and Midwives and their Line Managers within the HSC Trusts in capturing the impact and outcomes on practice of undertaking commissioned education programmes. Further revision of this template was undertaken in 2020 to ensure its applicability of use in practice.
Each year the DOH commission post-registration education programmes for Nurses and Midwives working in the HSC through the Education Commissioning Group (ECG). Programmes may include: study days; standalone modules; courses leading to an academic award; and a range of other development activities, such as development of practice.
It is recognised that continued education for nurses and midwives positively affects practice however little work has been undertaken to evaluate the impact of education on nursing and midwifery practice and clinical outcomes. Bearing in mind that investment in education is under ever increasing pressure it is important that employers and practitioners can demonstrate the impact of education activities improves and supports the delivery of person centred, safe effective care.
Further revision of this template in 2020 will provide assurances that the template is fit for purpose and supports the HSC Trusts to measure the impact in practice of nurses and midwives undertaking commissioned education programmes.
View the Learning Agreement Template here