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A network can offer huge potential for continuous professional development and training, using the expertise available among professionals at other sites as well as buddying, mentoring and support for staff in difficulty.

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  • Appraisal and continuous professional development are particularly important in a network to ensure that staff are adhering to standards and to identify and address training needs.
  • It can be helpful for some appraisals to be performed by staff from a different site to facilitate integration and prevent staff becoming too inward looking.
  • Where training needs are identified, time and any travel costs must be considered essential.

“It’s good to get out sometimes and do an external course – it stops you getting too internally focused and you find out what other people’s issues are.”

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