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The Trust invests in learning, education and training to enable staff to achieve the Trust’s strategic goals and objectives and to assist staff to reach their full potential. Continuous learning and development supports staff to deliver excellent care for patients and contributes to excellent patient and staff experience.

ASPH makes a significant investment in its staff by offering financial support and paid time for study as well as supporting on the job learning. We recognise that learning and development is supported through a number of activities including work shadowing, reading and reflecting on our work. In addition we provide internal facilities including the education centres, library facilities and in-house education and training staff. We support staff to attend programmes with education partners where places are funded by Health Education England.



This policy specifies the corporate responsibility for planning and enabling learning and development activities and in this respect covers all employees of the Trust. All staff may apply for study leave (full time, part time, permanent or fixed term employees). Study leave is for learning events that prevent the member of staff undertaking normal duties for a significant period of time (half or more of a working day / shift).

This policy does not apply to contractors, agency /bank workers, staff on honorary contracts, volunteers, those on training contracts including junior doctors and students of any type for whom there are separate policies. The study leave and professional leave policy for consultants sets out the specific provision of study leave for consultants and as such the study leave provisions in this policy do not apply to consultants.


Policy Details

Download: PDF version
Compiled by: Karen Archer-Burton, Assistant Director HR
Ratified by: Trust Executive Committee
Date Ratified: March 2020
Date Issued: July 2021
Review Date: April 2023
Target Audience: All staff
Contact name: Karen Archer-Burton, Assistant Director HR


See also:

  • Appraisal Policy
  • Medical Appraisal and Revalidation Policy
  • Professional Registration Policy
  • Staff Induction Policy