Training, education and development

As a major university teaching Trust we are committed to providing appropriate training and development opportunities for all our staff.

Working closely with the University of Nottingham and University of 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 continuing professional development.

Mandatory training

Mandatory training is coordinated through one-stop training sessions, e-learning and induction training for new starters.

Mandatory training includes health and safety training, manual handling, fire, and conflict resolution.

The mandatory training matrix provides reference for all staff groups to ensure that they are up to date with their mandatory training.

As an organisation we support all staff to access their own training record through the Learning Management System relevant to their site of work.

Learning Management Systems

To keep all our employees up to date with their mandatory training, we currently use both ESR and the Training Passport depending on your site of work.

Staff can complete e-learning modules or register for the latest drop-in training sessions on either system.


The appraisal and development review helps staff to gather and discuss any evidence around performance and behaviour, identify any development needs and plan next year’s focus through agreed objectives. This appraisal is an annual culmination of all the performance, behaviour and development conversations between an appraiser and appraisee.

Leadership development

Within our Trust, we offer a structured and clear approach to leadership development. We use leadership principles to implement a philosophy throughout our leadership framework and strive for a style of leadership that embraces coaching and empowering others.

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.


UHDB is committed to developing a culture where coaching is our preferred style of managing people and teams.

The Learning and Development team support the development of a coaching culture within UHDB. Staff are invited to take an Introduction to Coaching course, encouraging them to have effective conversations, lead teams more effectively, and improve patient interaction.

Formal coaching is also available, providing opportunities for individuals to unlock 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.