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The Skills for Health Quality Mark – recognising outstanding health care training

The Skills for Health Quality Mark – the only standard for the UK's health sector – defines and endorses superior delivery of learning and training that healthcare employers need for a highly motivated and effective workforce. The benchmark:

  • shows which employers and training providers are delivering world-class training for the health sector
  • is one of the ways that Skills for Health is championing better training for the support workforce
  • is administered by our partner organisation, the NSA Health.

  • Benefits for health sector employers who commission external training

    When you choose a training provider holding the Quality Mark you will

    • know you are working with an organisation that has met the ‘gold standard’ for health specific training
    • be assured that the provision is high quality and value for money
    • save time and effort in having to research the provision you need
    • be able to easily identify and secure training that's the best in the industry
    • support the learning and development of your staff
    • contribute to improved staff productivity and, most importantly, improve patient care

  • Employer feedback

    "In light of the recently published reports by Robert Francis QC, Sir Bruce Keogh and Professor Don Berwick, all of which emphasises the role of students and learners in relation to the quality of care for patients, the importance of assuring the quality of education delivery against standards in the Quality Mark will be highly welcomed."

    Jo Woolgar, Head of Quality & Intelligence - Health Education Kent, Surrey and Sussex

  • Benefits for health sector training providers

    Achieving the Quality Mark demonstrates:

    • your organisation has met the unique health sector quality framework for learning and training
    • you meet the high standards expected by health care employers
    • yours is a trusted organisation that understands the unique needs of healthcare employers.

    In addition, The Skills for Health Quality Mark

    • provides a robust process for measuring the quality of your training and learning provision
    • gives internal and external colleagues, customers and commissioners greater confidence that the training you offer has been quality-assured by an external auditor
    • paves the way for new business opportunities
    • allows you to benchmark your organisation's training standards against a recognised audit standard
    • offers a greater profile, recognition and credibility.

  • Training provider feedback

    “Employers can feel confident in the services they are purchasing and ...the end user knows the person caring for and supporting them is a professional who has the skills required.”

    Christian Wilkins Beacon Education Partnerships

    “Holding the Quality Mark has enabled and assisted regional growth. Staff are highly motivated with increased level of morale, and increased learner confidence equals ‘the best of the best’.”

    Elaine Shahabeddin, Assistant Head, Preston’s College

Let others know about your organisation’s world class training

In addition to displaying the Quality Mark logo on course materials and advertising, successful applicants will be included in our database that employers use to search for learning and training providers and courses.

The Quality Mark focuses on the key factors that underpin high-quality teaching, learning and assessment. It does not endorse the subject matter and content of programmes.

The Quality Mark is administered by our partner organisation, the NSA Health. To apply and find out the costs of Quality Mark, please start here. Further information and FAQs are here.


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