The Academy learning pillar supports the collaboration of BSW health and care employers and education institutes to increase knowledge and skills and optimise the quality of care we deliver to our communities via greater accessibility and quality of training opportunities across BSW.


What is the learning pillar?

The learning pillar represents the ambitions and work of the BSW system education specialists. It provides structures and forums as well as resources to enable us to work collaboratively to improve the quality, access, and support in all areas of learning and development.

Our collaborative programmes support people working and who want to work across BSW health and care by creating opportunities to learn and opening doors into exciting careers in health and social care.

Who is involved?

The work of the pillar is delivered via a network of steering groups and communities of practice. Many of those involved work in an educational role across BSW either in a health and care organisation or in an education institution, such as a school, college or university.

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Learning pillar priorities

Implement staff passporting of statutory and mandatory training and the care certificate across health and social care

Increase clinical placement capacity for learners aligned with workforce supply priority areas and with improved quality of learner experience

Undertake an annual system wide training needs analysis that becomes translated into sustainable skills and continuing professional development opportunities

Promote apprenticeships as a method for enabling new and sustainable staff development and employment pathways

Increase the range of training and employment supply routes such as T levels, traineeships NHS cadets and DWP (Department for Work and Pensions) initiatives such as SWAP (Sector Based Work Academy Programme) and Kickstart that attracts talent representative of local communities

Establish a dynamic, collaborative digital space able to communicate and improve access to development opportunities across the BSW system

Coordinate and deliver flexible, employer led training pathways and supervision models for new roles and aligned to the BSW workforce strategy such as nursing associates and advanced clinical practitioners

Identify new models of education supply routes that promote ‘a grow your own’ philosophy and reflect place-based partnerships and communities

BSW System Education

Visit our training and education site to find out more about the system education and apprenticeships offer and how to sign up.

Relevant links

Health Education England

Skills for Care

Skills for Health


Regional Faculty for Advancing Practice – South West

eLearning for Healthcare