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Central Manchester Foundation Trust scoops prestigious national training award

Central Manchester Foundation Trust's International Induction Programme has won 'Internal Learning Solution of the Year' in The Learning Awards 2015, a national ceremony that recognises excellence in organisational Learning and Development.

The 'Innovative Training and Support Programme for International Doctors' fought off tough competition from across the globe, beating organisations such as Sainsbury's, GlaxoSmithKline, Telephonica, Legal & General and LV to win the award, a national level award organised by the Learning & Performance Institute.

The Trust's success was a result of the introduction of a bespoke online training programme for new international doctors to provide them with enhanced information and knowledge on social, ethical, legal, professional and patient safety aspects of patient care and UK clinical practice, before they begin providing direct patient care for the NHS.

Learning Award 2015

The 18 module programme is underpinned by a support system of peer buddies and educational supervisors, to help the transition into UK clinical practice. Last year, 36 international doctors completed the programme and there has been an increasing interest from various organisations and national bodies to adopt it as best practice. 95% of doctors stated that the training would be useful in enhancing the patient care they provide.

It has been estimated that the programme will save the organisation approximately £21,000 a year compared to delivering face to face training.

This year's awards had record number of submissions from individuals and organisations and the winners were selected from a competitive field of entrants, all of whom demonstrated exceptional vision and depth in providing learning solutions with a proven business impact. The ceremony was hosted by Claudia Winkleman at The Dorchester, London.

PHOTO: Claudia Winkleman, Dr. Sujesh Bansal (on behalf of CMFT's Postgraduate Medical Education Department), Stuart Martin, Director, QA.