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Lesley Marsh, Director of the Institute of Vocational Learning

Lesley Marsh

Director of the Institute of Vocational Learning

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    020 7815 8464
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    Health and Social Care / Institute of Vocational Learning

Lesley leads the staff in the Institute of Vocational Learning, which supports career development for working professionals.

Lesley Marsh joined the School of Health and Social Care at LSBU in 2012 and is currently on a secondment as the Director of the Institute of Vocational Learning. She trained as a Registered Adult Nurse at Guy's Hospital in the 1980's, gaining clinical experience in older people's nursing and gastroenterology nursing. She then worked clinically in a variety of roles including Deputy Director of Nursing mainly in North London.

Lesley is passionate about the development of the Band 1-4 workforce, especially as they make up around 40% of the 1.3 million workers in the NHS and are responsible for an estimated 60% of direct patient contact. Lesley believes that it is essential that the investment in training and development for this workforce begins to change to reflect the contribution they make to patient care. Currently 5% of education funding is used to develop Health Care Support Workers.

Lesley's current interests are around the role to be played by Higher Education in supporting the Band 1-4 workers in the NHS and others who provide a support role in both social care and the voluntary sector, and ensuring the NHS and care managers have access to the highest quality learning opportunities for these staff.

Lesley's specialist areas include:

  • Health education
  • Health training
  • Health care assistants and support workers

The Institute of Vocational Learning is well known across London for delivering timely, responsive bespoke training for both health care support workers and bespoke skills training for qualified staff. The Institute delivers bespoke workshops with or without objective structured clinical assessment (OSCE's), accredited courses for un-qualified staff at academic level 3 and above, and accredited modules for qualified staff at academic levels 6 and 7. The Institute works with staff groups in Mental Health Trusts, Acute Care Trusts, Foundation Trusts and community based services across London, and all of the staff team are registered healthcare professionals with a range of background knowledge and skills.

Lesley has worked in the fields of both pre-registration and post-registration nursing education.

Lesley's development and research activity throughout her career has been focused on improving the quality of care through effective education suited to the particular needs of the staff members and their employers.