Learning and Education

At Derby Teaching Hospitals we believe in investing in and developing our most valuable asset, our employees. Renamed in 2015 to reflect the Trust Teaching status, we are committed to providing appropriate training and development opportunities for all our staff.

Working closely with the University of Nottingham and Derby, we train around 340 doctors, over 200 nurses and midwives, and over 50 allied health professionals and healthcare scientists each year. We have a national reputation as a centre of excellence for many clinical specialties.

Our training is designed to provide staff with the knowledge and skills the need to carry out their jobs to the highest standard. Learning and development is a continuous process and an important component of CPD (Continuing Professional Development).

The Learning and Education Department provides support and training to the following groups of staff:

  • Students  – through the Practice Learning Support Unit
  • Band 1 – 4 – through the Vocational Training Team
  • Registered staff and Flexible staff – through the Professional Development Unit

In addition to this, through the learning process we empower staff to deliver high quality and effective patient care. Here are just some of the ways to develop our staff:

Mandatory training

Mandatory Training is co-ordinated by the Learning and Education Advisor through the provision of One Stop Training events and Induction Training for new starters.  Essential to Role training includes Health & Safety training, manual handling, fire, and conflict resolution.

Training Passport

To keep all our employees up to date with their mandatory training, we have developed an innovative solution. Our award winning Training Passport is a web based app accessible at any time via a tablet, phone or computer. Our staff can book onto our e-Learning modules or check out our latest drop in training sessions.


Our staff are given the opportunity to discuss the progress they have made annually, in which we seek to evaluate job performance, behaviour and personal development. Quality appraisals are the foundation to creating a coaching culture, which motivates staff and facilitates a persons development, which in turn drives and improves patient care by maximising a persons potential.

The appraisal process should include a Talent Conversation including utilising the Talent Map. The Talent Map enables the organisation to measure where an individual currently sits and where they want to be i.e. their aspirations.  This assists managers to facilitate the succession planning process.

 Leadership Development

Within our Trust, we offer a structured and clear approach to Leadership Development. We use the leadership principles of Kouze and Posner and are committed to implementing this philosophy throughout our leadership framework and strive for a style of leadership that embraces coaching and empowering others.

Derby LEAD (Listen, Engage, Aspire, Develop) is a leadership approach which is used within the Trust. The elements that sit underneath Derby Lead are:

→ Listen – online forums, events, staff impressions
→ Engage – Awards – Celebrating Success & Pride of Derby, News, Best Practice, CEO -Face to Face Briefs
→ Aspire – Talent Management, Succession Planning, Innovation & Creativity, Transformation
→ Develop – Leadership Development, Training Opportunities, Coaching/Mentoring, Secondments, Projects, Shadowing

The Leadership Development Team have links with East Midlands Leadership Academy (EMLA) and they also run leadership courses at different levels including Masterclasses, workshops, coaching, discussion and network opportunities.


Derby Teaching Hospitals is committed to developing a culture where coaching is our preferred style of managing people, teams and is the ‘way we do things in Derby’.  The Learning and Development team support the development of a coaching culture within DHFT.  This is through the Intro to Coaching courses for our staff which encourages our staff to have effective conversations, to leading out teams more effectively and improve patient interaction.

Formal coaching is also available through Learning and Development, to provide  opportunities to develop an individual’s performance by unlocking their capabilities through guided conversation and questioning. Coaching sessions provide a confidential safe place where individuals can explore issues, enabling them to discover strengths, explore areas for development and learn from mistakes.