Local Education and Training Boards (LETBs)

The LMCs in Lancashire and Cumbria are covered by 2 LETB areas and the LMCs have representation on both. Dr Jonathon Smith represents North Cumbria and Dr Jim Roberts represents South Cumbria and Lancashire. In addition, Dr Andrew Maddox (Lancashire Coastal LMC) sits on the South Cumbria and Lancashire group representing General Practice.

We have concerns about the future viability of general practice and see the LETBs as another avenue to express these. We shall seek to lobby the LETBs to address issues of great concern regarding manpower planning with particular regard to the recruitment and development of GPs, especially in the light of the potential forthcoming retirement levels.

If members have anything that they would like us to raise through the LETBs please let the office know.

About LETBs

The core functions of (LETBs) were outlined by the Department of Health in Liberating the NHS: Developing the healthcare workforce – From design to delivery, with some further detail supplied from Health Education England (HEE) in the Local education and training board authorisation framework.

LETBs have specific duties and responsibilities in helping to deliver quality education and training outcomes. They are required to bring key stakeholders together to develop a skills and development strategy that meets the needs of providers, responds to commissioning plans and to the views of patients, communities and staff.  An annual strategic education operating framework will provide the structure within which LETBs will develop their plans. It will include national outcomes for LETBs to deliver in regards to workforce planning and education and training quality outcomes.

Local workforce data and plans will be collected and compiled by LETBs. They will then work in partnership with the Centre for Workforce Intelligence to help improve the workforce planning process. This will include examining the whole workforce and ensuring a multi-professional approach is taken to workforce planning. Once workforce plans have been approved by HEE, LETBs will commission education and training for NHS providers in their region, delivering on their workforce skills and development strategy. They will need to be able to demonstrate that local education commissioning is in alignment with service commissioning intentions.

LETBs will seek to assure and improve the quality of education and training, year on year, in line with the Education Outcomes Framework, standards of professional and other regulators and the outcomes frameworks for the NHS, public health and social care.

As well as having a strong partnership with all NHS providers, LETBs will be required to work closely with education providers, clinical commissioning groups and those responsible for research and innovation. In order to address the local health, public health and social care workforce, they will also work with local authorities and Health and Wellbeing boards.

Further information can be found on the Health Education England website.