The Trust invests in learning, education and training to enable staff to achieve the Trust’s strategic goals and objectives and to assist staff to reach their full potential. Continuous learning and development supports staff to deliver excellent care for patients and contributes to excellent patient and staff experience.

ASPH makes a significant investment in its staff by offering financial support and paid time for study as well as supporting on the job learning. We recognise that learning and development is supported through a number of activities including work shadowing, reading and reflecting on our work. In addition we provide internal facilities including the education centres, library facilities and in-house education and training staff. We support staff to attend programmes with education partners where places are funded by the Local Education and Training Board (LETB).



This policy specifies the corporate responsibility for planning and enabling learning and development activities and in this respect covers all employees of the Trust. All staff may apply for study leave (full time, part time, permanent or fixed term employees). Study leave is for learning events that prevent the member of staff undertaking normal duties for a significant period of time (half or more of a working day / shift).

This policy does not apply to staff members working for, contractors, agency /bank workers, staff on honorary contracts, volunteers, those on training contracts including junior doctors and students of any type for whom there are separate policies. The study leave and professional leave policy for consultants sets out the specific provision of study leave for consultants and as such the study leave provisions in this policy do not apply to consultants.



The Trust Board has overall responsibility for ensuring that staff are competent and capable of undertaking their roles. In addition each member of staff is responsible for maintaining and developing themselves in order to perform their role safely and effectively. This policy identifies how the Trust allocates leave to attend education and development events and the process for granting financial assistance. This policy sets out how the Board will specify the priorities for learning and development so that:

  • All staff achieve training essential to their roles and are offered opportunities to apply for further relevant development.
  • Access to learning opportunities is equal and fair.
  • The Trust makes best use of the scarce resources committed to supporting study including time and funding.
  • Staff who are supported with time and or funding to take part in learning activities do so in order to benefit patient care and ASPH.


Policy Details

Download: PDF version
Compiled by: Learning and Development Consultant
Ratified by: Trust Executive Committee
Date Ratified: May 2015
Date Issued: May 2015
Review Date: May 2018
Target Audience: All staff
Contact name: Director of Workforce Transformation


See also:

  • Appraisal Policy
  • Medical Appraisal and Revalidation Policy
  • Professional Registration Policy
  • Staff Induction Policy