Health Education England

Health Education England (HEE) exists for one reason only to support the delivery of excellent healthcare and health improvement to the patients and public of England by ensuring that the workforce of today and tomorrow has the right numbers, skills, values and behaviours, at the right time and in the right place.

HEE is responsible for not only attracting the right people to the National Health Service (NHS), but also for developing people already working within healthcare, to make sure they have the education and training, and the flexibility, to deliver high quality care to patients now and in the future.

The work of HEE covers a wide range of professions, programmes and activity, from planning and commissioning, to recruiting and developing healthcare staff in a range of healthcare and community settings. More than 160,000 students are at this moment studying to be part of the future healthcare workforce in England.

That includes doctors, nurses, midwives, paramedics, physiotherapists and many more roles – in fact there are over 300 different types of jobs performed by more than one million people in the NHS…

In addition to its responsibilities for the education and training of the healthcare workforce, HEE’s contribution to embedding research and innovation within the NHS is also crucial. HEE’s first contributions to FutureLearn will come from HEE’s Genomics Education Programme.

This programme aims to ensure that NHS staff have the knowledge, skills and experience to ensure that the health service remains a world leader in genomic and precision medicine.

HEE welcomes increase in numbers applying for places at medical schools

Figures released by UCAS today show that there has been a surge in the number of people wanting to study medicine. Around a third of this year’s “early deadline” applicants have applied for courses in medicine. The 20,730 applications in this category amount to the largest number since 2014 and an 8 per cent increase on last year.

Professor Wendy Reid, Executive Director of Education and Quality and Medical Director, Health Education England said:

“Health Education England welcomes these figures which underline that medicine remains a highly popular career of choice for students and confirms the UK’s world class reputation for medical education and training.

It is very encouraging that we are seeing such record levels of interest following the announcement from Government of 1500 more medical student training places in England – the biggest ever increase.”

Health Foundation report on workforce planning

Health Education England said:

“Health Education England acknowledges the important issues flagged in this report and remains focussed on supporting the NHS to get the workforce it needs both now and in the future through priorities such as:

  • Increased adult nurse commissions by 15% over the four years we were responsible for those nurses, who will have only graduated this year.
  • Secured 3,596 nurses on return to practice programmes
  • Creating the new nursing associate role which already has 2000 people training and providing care to patients.
  • Recruited the largest number of GP trainees ever.
  • For the first time in history the training places for Accident and Emergency junior doctors on run through programmes are fully filled and we are increasing places year on year.

Of course challenges remain and we are working with NHS partners to reduce turnover and improve retention in the existing workforce.”