LETBs bring education, training and development together locally, to improve the quality of care and treatment of patients through the development of skills and values for staff. All providers of NHS services should be a member of, and be involved with the work of their local LETB.
Providers now have the opportunity to lead the education and training agenda and help decide the skills and values they require for staff and how funding is spent.
The three main functions of a LETB are to:
- identify and agree the local needs for education and training to deliver the right people and skills to meet future service needs
- plan and commission high quality education and training in its region in order to secure future workforce supply and improve patient outcomes
- bring providers and relevant stakeholders together to provide a forum for developing the whole workforce.
Hosted as part of Health Education England (HEE), LETBs are governed by boards that will have representation from local providers on them.
There are 13 LETBs covering the whole of England, these are:
Health Education East Midlands
Health Education East of England
Health Education Yorkshire and the Humber
Health Education Wessex
Health Education Thames Valley
Health Education North West London
Health Education South London
Health Education North Central and East London
Health Education Kent, Surrey and Sussex
Health Education North East
Health Education North West
Health Education West Midlands
Health Education South West
Find out more about the LETBs and how to engage with your own via the appropriate link above.