Your Personal and Professional Development

In Belfast Trust, we are committed to the continuous development of skills and knowledge of our staff. The focus on learning and development is imperative to ensure the Trust’s vision and purpose are met, i.e., to improve health and wellbeing and reduce health and social inequalities.

There are a range of Learning and Development teams across the Trust who support this aspiration by ensuring that all members of staff - at every level and in every department - have access to learning and development opportunities. In addition there are a number of statutory mandatory training programmes that our staff must complete. Information can be obtained by speaking to your line manager and by referring to the Learning and Development Portfolio.  

Developing yourself

Statutory Mandatory Training

Belfast Health and Social Care Trust (BHSCT) recognises that statutory and mandatory training is of vital importance in the provision of high quality services to our patients and clients and is essential for effective risk management and the maintenance of required standards.

All employees, regardless of contract type, including those engaged in a regular volunteer capacity, are required to attend, within the specified time frames, all mandatory training as defined within the Trust’s corporate training matrix or as identified specifically for their post.

Information on Statutory Mandatory Training can be found in the Statutory Mandatory Training Policy and Statutory Mandatory Training.

There are four imperatives that govern whether or not training is classified as Statutory or Mandatory:

  1. A statutory obligation – where the law defines that training must be undertaken.
  2. A Health and Social Care mandate – where a formal, official directive has been handed down within the Health and Social Care sector.
  3. A corporate mandate – where the Trust has identified training as being essential to organisational priorities.
  4. Training which is regarded as being a requirement of individual professions for their members to maintain core occupational competences. (Professions and service managers will determine and record separately what training is mandatory to cover core role skills).

Information about Leadership and Management development

Leadership and Management development is a priority for the Belfast Trust. Developing leadership and management capabilities and capacity across the Trust is imperative and is an integral part of improving quality to enhance patient safety and people's experience of our services.

The HR Learning and Development team offer a wide range of managerial skills programmes and specific details are contained within the annual Learning and Development Portfolio.

In addition, the Trust also offers a number of development programmes for Senior Managers under the Living Leadership Series.

Information about Lifelong Learning

One of the Trust's values is Learning and Development. We are proud to be a learning organisation and encourage all staff to use their personal development plan to continuously build their knowledge and skills. Lifelong learning is a journey of many steps and can be about learning on the job, learning from others as well as formal types of learning such as attending courses. If you would like more information on lifelong learning or have questions about your development, contact the Learning and Development team on (028) 950 48904.

You can access the Learning & Development Portfolio 2014-2015 on the HUB

What are PCF/KSF and the process for staff review in the Trust?

Belfast Health and Social Care Trust use a local framework, the 'Personal Contribution Framework' (PCF) and the nationally agreed 'Knowledge and Skills Framework' (KSF) as the main tools to facilitate the review process for staff.

N.B. Dentists, Doctors and Directors have separate review arrangements and will need to discuss this with their line manager.

This is an essential part of the Trust's commitment to developing its staff and to the delivery of a high quality service.

Its purpose is to enhance work effectiveness and facilitate career development. It involves discussion between employee and manager about ways of working, development opportunities and how difficulties and obstacles to progress can be removed. Staff review ensures staff are clear about their responsibilities and they have access to formal, regular opportunities to receive feedback and discussion on support required.

Staff should speak to their supervisor or manager to discuss when their first review is scheduled for and what they should expect.