Development of a tool to support managers in planning and evaluating staff training
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Development of a tool to support managers in planning and evaluating staff training

Wendy Padley Research assistant, School of Nursing and Midwifery, De Montfort University, Leicester, England
Jaqui Long Research associate, School of Health and Related Research, University of Sheffield, Sheffield, England
Nikki Welyczko Associate professor, Nursing and Midwifery, De Montfort University, Leicester, England
Deborah Dowsett Senior lecturer, Nursing and Midwifery, De Montfort University, Leicester, England
Nick Salter Retired senior lecturer, Nursing and Midwifery, De Montfort University, Leicester, England
Karen Ford Lecturer, Nursing and Midwifery, De Montfort University, Leicester, England
Carol Greenway Associate professor, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, De Montfort University, Leicester, England
Jayne Brown Professor of nursing (older people), Nursing and Midwifery, De Montfort University, Leicester, England

Why you should read this article
  • 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.e10991

Peer review

This article has been subject to external double-blind peer review and checked for plagiarism using automated software

Correspondence

wpadley@dmu.ac.uk

Conflict of interest

None declared

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