National Education and Training (NETS) Survey now live!

The National Education and Training Survey (NETS) is now live and is due to run until the 28th November.

Here is everything you need to know.

What is NETS?

The National Education and Training Survey (NETS) is an important part of the work at NHS England to continually improve the student experience and ensure learners can develop the skills, values and behaviours required by the professions.

The NETS is quick and simple for learners to complete online, and features:

  • A core questionnaire covering Induction, Clinical Supervision, Facilities, Learning Opportunities and Teamwork.
  • Health and wellbeing and equality, diversity, and inclusion questions.
  • A small series of profession-specific questions.
  • The ability to provide feedback on what is working well and what could be improved.
  • The option to recommend a placement area.

The survey takes 10 minutes to complete and will be open for 8 weeks until 28 November at 11:59pm.

What makes NETS unique?

The NETS is the only national survey open to all undergraduate and postgraduate students and trainees undertaking a practice placement or training post in healthcare as part of their education and training programme.

The survey gathers opinions from students and trainees about their time working and training in practice placements and training posts, asking them to provide feedback on what worked well and what they think could be improved.

Every survey response, across every profession and location, counts and helps to improve the experience of current and future students and trainees.

Who needs to complete the survey?

The NETS is a requirement in the NHS Education Contract and education and placement providers are expected to ensure that all healthcare learners have access to the survey and are encouraged to complete the survey.

All undergraduate and postgraduate students, trainees and doctors and dentists in training undertaking a training post or practice placement as part of their education and training programme are eligible to complete the survey.

This includes the following professional groups:

  • Advanced Clinical Practice (ACP): All ACP learners.
  • Allied Health Profession (AHP): All pre-and-post registration AHP learners including sonography, assistant practitioner and AHP support worker.
  • Apprenticeships: All apprenticeship learners undertaking a placement or post in
  • Dental Undergraduate: Learners at dental schools studying towards an undergraduate dental degree.
  • Dental Postgraduate: Dental Public Health, all postgraduate dental training programmes.
  • Health and Social Care: Learners studying towards a health and social care
  • Healthcare Science: Learners on Healthcare Science programmes, including the Scientist Training Programme (STP), Higher Specialist Scientist Training Programme (HSST), Echocardiography Training Programme (ETP), and Practitioner Training Programme (PTP).
  • Medical Undergraduate: Learners at medical schools studying towards an undergraduate medical degree, including medical associate
  • Medicine Postgraduate: Medicine Public Health, all postgraduate medical training programmes.
  • Midwifery: All midwifery learners, including those returning to practice.
  • Nursing: All nursing learners, including trainee nursing associates, nurse paramedic and clinical
  • Pharmacy: All GP trainee pharmacists, trainee pharmacists, pre-registration trainee pharmacy technicians and undergraduate pharmacy learners.
  • Physician Associates: All learners undertaking physician associate training.
  • Psychological professions: Psychological Professions: All undergraduate and post- graduate learners and trainees.

How do NETS improve the placement experience at LTHTR?

The Education Governance team at LTHTR is committed to listening and responding to the views of all learners and trainees as a key element of its quality review and improvement processes.

As a learner/trainee at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, you are required to complete the NETS survey with feedback used to support action planning and highlight areas of best practice.

External surveys such as NETS are used alongside internal feedback gathered throughout the academic year to improve the placement experience for current and future learners.

Where can I access NETS?

The survey is available on the Health Education England Website. To access it, please click here.

How can I get involved?

There are multiple ways that you can promote NETS, even if you are not required to undertake the survey. This can be by any of the following ways:

  • Sharing a direct email invitation with all students undertaking a practice placement or training post as part of their education and training
  • Asking Student Representatives to promote the NETS within each cohort and encouraging their peers to complete the survey.
  • Signposting the survey during planned teaching or training
  • Adding a promotional feature to Intranet sites, statutory and mandatory training, virtual learning environments and e-learning packages.
  • Displaying posters and flyers in relevant areas, such as rest areas, student unions and education centres.
  • Discussing the NETS via organisation/hospital/practice social media