Health Education England (HEE) was established as a special health authority from 28 June 2012. These directions allow HEE to put in place preparations to ensure that it will be fully operational to take on its full education and training functions when SHAs are abolished on 1 April 2013. The published directions are for stakeholders with an interest in planning and commissioning education and training for the healthcare workforce.

Specific functions include:

  • Building its capacity and capability, including appropriate governance and operational and financial systems
  • Developing and publishing its HR policy, strategic education operating framework and criteria for establishing local education and training boards (LETBS)
  • Putting in place its advisory structure
  • Reviewing and approving strategic health authority education and training plans for 2013/14
  • Considering how education and training can raise awareness of the NHS constitution and promote its values
  • Establishing the appointment criteria and setting up governing bodes for LETBS as committees of HEE

From its establishment, HEE will provide national leadership to the new system of education and training in healthcare. This new system will give employers greater responsibility and accountability for planning and developing the workforce.