Concerns over hospital staff not completing mandatory courses

First published in News

MORE than half the staff in one of the Royal Bolton Hospital’s busiest divisions have not completed mandatory training.

Only 45.98 per cent of staff working in the Acute Adult Care Division have completed core modules and only 53.44 per cent of staff in the Family Division have done their mandatory training.

The figures were revealed at Bolton NHS Foundation Trust’s board meeting, where directors said something must be done to improve the uptake of training.

Across the Trust, only 53.82 per cent of staff have completed the training, which includes health and safety, safeguarding children and lifting and handling.

The target is 95 per cent by the end of March.

Of the hospital’s 11 divisions in August, only three had completed more than 90 per cent of training, and three had completed less than 60 per cent. Many divisions have blamed low staffing levels for the poor uptake of training.

In June, only 66 per cent of 880 places were taken for a mandatory training session and the highest uptake for an E-Leaning package stands at 50 per cent for safeguarding children.

Nicky Ingham, director of workforce, delivered the report at the meeting, which showed mandatory training had increased in August, compared to July, by just over two per cent.

Ms Ingham said: “It is going in the right direction, but it is not going fast enough.”

The trust’s chairman, David Wakefield, said training needed to be improved and asked for management from the two worst-performing divisions, Acute Adult Care and Family, to appear at the next board meeting to explain why staff have not completed their mandatory training.

But Harry Hanley, secretary of the Royal Bolton Hospital’s Unison branch, said management was not to blame. He added: “It is unfair on them as they have got to juggle staff. You can’t be short-staffed in wards or on theatres.”

Mr Hanley was not surprised both the Family Division and Acute Adult Care were the worst performers, as they were two of the busiest departments. This training must be provided in working hours, he added.

A hospital spokesman insisted the mandatory training did not include that for the skills needed for performing surgery or medical interventions.

It covers a wide range of clinical governance and risk management issues from safeguarding adults and children, infection prevention and control, lifting and handling, to equality and diversity and fire procedures.

Staff in clinical areas or working with patients receive additional instruction as appropriate such as in the safe handling of patients, medicines management, protection of patients through conflict resolution and the safe use of equipment.

The mandatory training we provide is in line with national requirements including those of the National Health Service Litigation Authority.

l THE Bolton News would like to clarify that the shortage of midwives at the Royal Bolton Hospital is not putting lives at risk. This was reported in yesterday’s paper.

Chairman David Wakefield did say he was concerned about safety and did not want any adverse situations to take place in the maternity department.

But he did not say the current situation was risking lives.

l See tomorrow’s paper for a full report on falls at the hospital.

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10:00am Thu 11 Oct 12

Bendix says...

It just goes from bad to worse. When are we going to see a major clear out?
It just goes from bad to worse. When are we going to see a major clear out? Bendix
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4:25pm Thu 11 Oct 12

toby_jugg says...

”It just goes from bad to worse. When are we going to see a major clear out?”

I agree, lets start with "Harry Hanley, secretary of the Royal Bolton Hospital’s Unison branch"...
”It just goes from bad to worse. When are we going to see a major clear out?” I agree, lets start with "Harry Hanley, secretary of the Royal Bolton Hospital’s Unison branch"... toby_jugg
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5:38pm Thu 11 Oct 12

Bendix says...

Good point.
Good point. Bendix
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5:35pm Fri 12 Oct 12

tigerlilly1 says...

In some departments staff are so busy looking after people that they don't get lunch breaks, coffee breaks and often stay late to help provide cover. When exactly are the staff going to get the time to sit at a computer to do these courses?
In some departments staff are so busy looking after people that they don't get lunch breaks, coffee breaks and often stay late to help provide cover. When exactly are the staff going to get the time to sit at a computer to do these courses? tigerlilly1
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5:42pm Fri 12 Oct 12

tigerlilly1 says...

What's more this was in the Bolton news last week.....is Bolton so sad that it's local paper has to recycle old news like this? It seems the Bolton News is heading up a witch hunt for the hospital when in fact Bolton is very lucky to have a local hospital and to be honest if it continues to print all these negative stories about Bolton Hospital some health minister somewhere will just close it.

Why does no one notice the Royal Bolton hospital for all the good it does which is far greater than the bad!
What's more this was in the Bolton news last week.....is Bolton so sad that it's local paper has to recycle old news like this? It seems the Bolton News is heading up a witch hunt for the hospital when in fact Bolton is very lucky to have a local hospital and to be honest if it continues to print all these negative stories about Bolton Hospital some health minister somewhere will just close it. Why does no one notice the Royal Bolton hospital for all the good it does which is far greater than the bad! tigerlilly1
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