The Department of Health, (DoH) is accountable for the management of a budget to support the education, training and development needs of post-registered nurses and midwives to ensure that it’s workforce has the skills and competence to deliver safe and effective care to patients and clients.

Education and training needs of the nursing and midwifery workforce are identified by Health and Social Care (HSC) Trusts in Northern Ireland on a yearly basis. Programmes are purchased by the DoH from education providers, and form part of a commissioning process or cycle which has four phases.

The four phases of the Commissioning process and further information regarding each phase can be viewed by clicking on the appropriate phase of the diagram below (Each Prospectus can be accessed by clicking on the Learning Needs Analysis Phase Segment of the Cycle).

The DoH circulates a commissioning proforma to all HSC Trusts for completion. On return of these, regional priorities are discussed by the Education Commissioning Group (ECG) which submits their proposed commissioning plan to the DoH for agreement. The membership of the ECG includes HSC Trust Education Leads for nursing and midwifery, Board Directors of Nursing and DoH personal including the Post-Registration Business and Contracts Manager, who is the contact person for all post-registration education, training and development business and liaises with HSC Trusts through their Education Lead.

View the Learning Agreement Template for Post Registration Commissioned courses.

View the Action Plan from the Transforming Your Care Workshop held on 20th October 2012

Download the Workshop Report from the Transforming Your Care Workshop (dated 23rd October 2012)

View the PDF version of the Commissioning cycle of DoH Post-Registration Education diagram

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