How do you know if the training you are doing is worth it? Here are four simple tests:
- 1. Reaction – how the participants feel about the training; qualitative
- 2. Learning evaluation – have learning objectives been attained?
- 3. Behaviour evaluation – has behaviour in the work place changed?
- 4. Results evaluation – are outcomes better as a result of the training?
Again, in the NHS, doctors rarely evaluate their study leave in these terms. However, I would suggest that clinical and medical directors are well-placed to control the use of study leave and to intervene by establishing organisational processes that affect training. The human resource (HR) function in most NHS Trusts has virtually no input into doctor training (other than providing the generous funding for it). A wise medical/clinical director should liaise with HR to shape study leave to the organisational requirements! Shock, horror!