• To update your knowledge of managers’ decision-making around staff training and education
• To understand how effective decision-making can improve patient care
• To ensure the effectiveness of training for nurses
Aim To explore decision-making and evaluation strategies used by healthcare managers in relation to staff training and education, and to develop a tool to support managers with these tasks.
Method Using snowball sampling, 30 healthcare managers in a variety of healthcare settings were recruited and interviewed using semi-structured interviews. Data were transcribed and analysed using thematic analysis.
Findings Four overarching themes were identified in relation to decision-making regarding staff training: the nature and characteristics of courses relevant to practice; the effect of practice requirements for education and training; staff motivation and interest; and the process of staff selection for training. Managers did not use formal, structured processes to make decisions about staff selection for training, nor to evaluate the outcomes of the training. Instead, they largely relied on their personal experience, knowledge and professional judgements. Based on these findings, the study team developed the Assessment, Planning and Evaluation of Training (APET) tool to support the planning and evaluation of training, and they invited feedback from healthcare managers. Positive feedback suggests that this tool could support managers’ decision-making in relation to planning and evaluating staff training.
Conclusion Healthcare managers’ decision-making in relation to the planning and evaluation of staff training relied on judgements based on their personal experience and knowledge. The APET tool developed by the study team has the potential to ensure vital resources such as time and money are used optimally, which would improve outcomes for staff, patients and healthcare organisations.
Nursing Standard. doi: 10.7748/ns.2019.e10991Peer review
This article has been subject to external double-blind peer review and checked for plagiarism using automated softwareCorrespondence
Padley W, Long J, Welyczko N et al (2019) Development of a tool to support managers in planning and evaluating staff training. Nursing Standard. doi: 10.7748/ns.2019.e10991
Published online: 25 June 2019
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