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BMA guide to help practices understand mandatory training obligations

The BMA has launched a new guide to help GP practices meet their training obligations and make clear what is mandatory training. The guide explains what training practices should provide to GPs and their staff and how often this training is needed.

All staff should undergo regular training in adult and child resuscitation (Picture: iStock)
All staff should undergo regular training in adult and child resuscitation (Picture: iStock)

The BMA said that in some instances ‘what is described as mandatory or statutory training may not actually be the case.’

The guide points out that the CQC does not have a list of mandatory training for GPs and members of the practice team. During an inspection it will look at whether staff have the right qualifications, skills and knowledge to undertake their role. Read more on the CQC's view on this here.

The CQC says that the practice is responsible for determining what training staff need to meet the needs of their patients. However, it will look at how the practice identifies the learning needs of staff and whether they have appropriate training to do their job during an inspection.

The BMA guidance covers the following

Basic life support: All staff, including non-clinical, should undergo regular training in adult and child resuscitation appropriate to their position. Clinical staff should have annual updates but this is not mandatory.

Infection control: There is no defined level of training required. However a DH code of practice on prevention and control of healthcare associated infections says that all relevant staff should receive suitable and sufficient information on, and training and supervision in, the measures required to prevent the risks of infection.

Safeguarding vulnerable children: There is a statutory requirement that staff receive appropriate support and training, but no statutory requirement on the frequency of this training. However the Intercollegiate guideline suggests minimum refresher training times for each safeguarding training level.

Safeguarding vulnerable adults: Training requirements for safeguarding adults are not clearly defined in guidance in the same way as they are for Safeguarding children. However, the CQC advises that formal face-to-face training is one way that practice staff can develop their competency in this area.

Fire safety: There is no defined level of training required

Mental capacity act and deprivation of liberty safeguards: There is no defined level of training required. However, the CQC will need evidence that staff have been trained, and that they understand, how the Mental Capacity Act and deprivation of liberty safeguards impacts on general practice.

Staff induction: Providers must ensure that they have an induction programme that prepares staff for their role.

Health and safety: The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 requires you to provide whatever information and training necessary to ensure, as is reasonably practicable, the health and safety at work of your employees. The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 identifies situations where health and safety training is particularly important, for example when people start work, on exposure to new or increased risks and where existing skills may have need updating.

Manual handling: Employers have a legal obligation under the Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992 to make a suitable and sufficient assessment of the risk to employees from manual handling. This should identify any training needs.

First aid: There is no requirement for training for doctors and nurses. Providing they can demonstrate current knowledge and skills in first aid, the training and experience of doctor or nurse qualifies them to administer first aid in the workplace without the need for an extra qualification.

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