Why are local education and training boards (LETBs) important to physiotherapy?
- We need investment in training and skill development to ensure we have the physiotherapy workforce we need now and in the future. LETBs are making the decisions on this investment
- LETBs are setting out employer’s responsibilities – to provide placements, practice learning for students, and continuous professional development (CPD)
- So what LETBs do will affect all CSP members: students, support workers and qualified physiotherapists
- Our health services are going thorough major changes,bringing both challenges and opportunities for the physiotherapy profession
- We need a voice for physiotherapy on LETBs in workforce planning, education and training to make sure student places and CPD opportunities for CSP members are maintained through these changes.
What are local education and training boards?
- LETBs are sub committees of Health Education England (HEE). There are 13 LETBs, one for each region. They were formally constituted from 1st April 2013
- They bring together providers of NHS funded services with education providers, professionals, local government and research sectors
- They plan and commission education and training for the local health community, with funding allocated by HEE
- They take on the functions of post graduate deaneries, with most deaneries incorporated into LETBs
- They collect information about the workforce and the local health economy and feed this into the Centre for Workforce Intelligence.
What can I do?
What makes sense for you will depend on your situation. These are just a few ideas:
- We need to make sure there is a strong advocate for physiotherapy on each LETB - working together with other allied health professions is likely to be the best way to make sure this happens
- Search online for the LETB in your area to see who’s involved and how it is organised
- See if you or a colleague can join the partnership council, and ask to go on the mailing list
- If there is a physiotherapist or other AHP on the LETB Board or the LETB Partnership Council then get in touch with them and share your ideas on local training and workforce planning issues
- If there isn’t, then why not contact the LETB chair to make the case for an AHP on the Partnership Council and put yourself or a colleague forward
- Link up with others with a shared agenda, such as other members, AHP colleagues, patient groups
- Find out what other CSP members are doing and share what you find out. Get in touch with your Regional Network
- CSP staff centrally will be working with Health Education England. The more we can learn from you about your LETBs the more effective we can be in standing up for the profession nationally. So please let us know how you get on through your CSP Regional Network Chair.
This information forms part of the CSP's influencing toolkit