Managers’ role in maximising investment in continuing professional education
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Managers’ role in maximising investment in continuing professional education

Jan Draper Professor of nursing, Faculty of Health and Social Care, the Open University, Milton Keynes
Liz Clark Retired senior lecturer, Faculty of Health and Social Care, the Open University, Milton Keynes
Jill Rogers Director, Jill Rogers Associates, Cambridge

Jan Draper and colleagues look at ways to create positive cultures that make the most of learning in practice

Healthcare organisations face the challenge of delivering care in increasingly complex environments. To do so they depend on competent professionals, and continuing professional education (CPE) plays a major part in ensuring that staff maintain and develop their knowledge and skills. However, there is limited evidence of the effect of CPE on healthcare outcomes, and an emphasis on outcomes has overlooked the contribution of the processes that underlie effective CPE. This article reports the results of a study that explored a range of stakeholders’ perceptions of the processes that maximise the positive effects of CPE on practice. Analysis of results shows that CPE can help improve care when supported by positive organisational cultures, effective partnership working between stakeholders and supportive learning environments that enable individuals to maximise their learning. This article discusses how managers play a pivotal role in creating positive cultures in which CPE can flourish by being role models and change agents, ensuring organisational strategic objectives are aligned with personal development plans, and by working collaboratively with education colleagues to ensure that learning from CPE is embedded in practice.

Nursing Management. 22, 9,30-36. doi: 10.7748/nm.22.9.30.s29

Correspondence

jan.draper@open.ac.uk

Peer review

This article has been subject to double-blind review and has been checked using antiplagiarism software

Conflict of interest

None declared

Received: 18 September 2015

Accepted: 04 December 2015