Learning and development

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Our staff are our greatest asset and we will invest in your training and development, whether you join us in an entry-level role or a senior leadership position. We're also committed to achieving teaching trust status, which will open up even more opportunities for you and your future.

All staff have an annual appraisal which provides the opportunity to develop a clear career pathway and identify the support needed to help you get where you want to go.

Learning and Development Team

From an induction focussed on your wellbeing to a range of statutory and mandatory training subjects to support you in your role, the training team are here to support your development.

The team provide opportunities to become a Mental Health First Aider and a First Aider at Work. They also provide management training for existing and aspiring managers alongside opportunities to access psychometric assessment to enhance your self development and coaching programmes, leading to nationally recognised qualifications.

Our head office, Wayside House, in Coventry is home to a fantastic Learning Hub. Training is also delivered in dedicated venues at Brooklands Hospital in Marston Green and Woodloes House in Warwick.

More information can be found in our Training Brochure.

Talent for Care Team

Our dedicated Talent for Care Team help people to get in, get on, and go further in their NHS career. They offer career conversations and can provide support to help you progress in your career pathway.


We offer apprenticeships from Level 2 (GCSE equivalent) up to Level 7 (Master’s degree equivalent) in both clinical and non-clinical subjects.

Find out more about the apprenticeships available in our Apprenticeship Brochure

We also offer opportunities for new staff to join us through apprenticeships.

Distance Learning 

Distance learning courses are a great opportunity to expand your professional skillset. These courses are aimed at members of staff who are interested in upskilling, progressing their career, or want to learn more for personal development. Courses range from Lean Organisation Management Techniques to Awareness of Mental Health Problems.

For more information visit the Talent for Care careers website.

Functional Skills 

We can support you to obtain your Level 1 and Level 2 qualifications in Functional Skills for Maths and English.

The Functional Skills course equips learners with essential skills that are useful in everyday life and are often needed as entry requirements for further learning and internal opportunities.

For more information visit the Talent for Care Careers website.

The Care Certificate

The Care Certificate is a national requirement to be completed by non-registered clinical staff in a health or social care setting as a part of their induction.

Even if you have previous care experience you should still complete the Care Certificate. It can be completed in 12 weeks. If you are considering any further clinical education, we require a completed Care Certificate first.

Your manager will support you to complete your Care Certificate by identifying who will be your workplace mentor/assessor. We also have a designated Care Certificate lead who can offer you support too. Once you have the Care Certificate it is transferable, which means you will not need to complete it again.

For more information visit the Talent for Care Careers website.

NHS Ambassadors

Talent for Care supports those looking to join the NHS as well as internal staff. We are always seeking dedicated staff with varying experience to become our ambassadors. Our ambassadors help give a real insight into our NHS roles, careers, and opportunities from their unique perspectives. Our ambassadors visit schools, participate in online ‘sneak a peek’ events, host work experience placements, become apprenticeship mentors, and much more.

Talent Management

Talent Management opportunities are for people in supervisory, management, and leadership roles, as well as those aspiring to be. We have a new manager network which showcases essential information and training each month, a dedicated leadership learning platform with over 50 eLearning, audio, and video resources to enhance your skills, knowledge, and behaviours, and links with the NHS Leadership Academy to enrol people onto national NHS leadership programmes.

Professional Development Team

Our Professional Development Team are available to support you in developing your physical health skills and continuous professional development by providing a range of training courses. These include diabetes training, safe injection technique, anaphylaxis, Physical Health Skills, ECG, Venepuncture and Medicines Management. These courses are delivered online or face-to-face at our Head Office, Wayside House.

The team supports nurses in their professional development, however training is also available for anyone who has clinical responsibilities in their role.


Preceptorship is a 12-month programme for newly qualified and registered practitioners who are new to an area of practice or speciality and those who have taken on increased managerial or professional responsibilities. This is open to nurses, nursing associates and allied health professionals.Picture of Sally

"Working for CWPT is a fantastic and rewarding experience. Undertaking substantial training has enabled me to become highly skilled in my field and progress in my career."

 – Sally, Clinical Lead Nurse 

Psychological Skills Development Service

This service facilitates access to high quality, evidence based, psychologically informed interventions around the Trust. An aspect of this service is the provision of staff wellbeing workshops geared towards the wellbeing, growth and development of all staff.

Quality Improvement

The Quality Improvement Team provide teaching, coaching, and mentoring and staff are encouraged and empowered to have ideas and facilitate changes in their areas of work as part of our continuous improvement journey.

Library and Information Services

We’re committed to evidence-based practice and have four library facilities across the organisation (Caludon Centre, St Michael’s Hospital, Manor Court and Brooklands Hospital). We also have a wide range of electronic resources which can be accessed remotely.

For more information about our library and knowledge services, please visit the library website. 

Research and Innovation

Our Research and Innovation Team are largely funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR). The team recruit service users, carers and NHS staff members to what is known as NIHR portfolio studies and commercial studies.

If you're passionate about contributing to research, there may be an opportunity to get involved and help to carry out research studies. These studies are developed by universities and trusts nationwide and by staff at CWPT. The main areas are mental health, dementia and learning disabilities. 

Learning from each other

Coaching and mentoring

We fully support the use of coaches and mentors, and it is a great opportunity to receive support and feedback on your work. People who have a coach may find that they feel more supported and motivated. Our coaches can help to increase confidence and ultimately improve performance. 

Shadowing opportunities

Shadowing is a great way to learn more about roles and opportunities within the Trust, by following, or shadowing, someone in their role. 

Recipriocal mentoring 

Staff have the opportunity to be part of an inclusive reciprocal mentoring programme. Reciprocal mentoring enables people in senior positions to learn from and understand issues from the perspective of people in less senior roles from under-represented groups.  At the same time, less senior people are exposed to new ideas, experiences and networking opportunities.

Our opportunities