The Education Directorate recognises that excellent training and development of East Lancashire NHS staff is essential in delivering safe, personal and effective care and services.

The Directorate enables ALL staff, whether just stepping out of school or college, or joining the Organisation in a more senior post-graduate role, to feel engaged and empowered to contribute to a change in the way services are delivered.

Education, training and development is, therefore, an integral part of our core business.  The Education Directorate is committed to developing a workforce of the highest quality across all disciplines; we aim to help staff achieve their maximum potential by developing their personal and professional skills throughout their career at East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust.

The Directorate of Education comprises of the following departments:

  • Department of Post Graduate Medicine
  • Department of Under Graduate Medicine
  • Clinical Education Team
  • Work-based Education Team
  • Education Support Services
  • Library and Knowledge Services

East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust has two excellently resourced Learning and Development Centres, based at the Royal Blackburn Teaching Hospital and Burnley General Teaching Hospital.    

Our locations and facilities

- The Learning Centre (Park View Offices), Royal Blackburn Teaching Hospital

- Training and Development Centre, Burnley General Teaching Hospital

- The Mackenzie Centre

Facilities include:

Auditorium – seating for 100 delegates

Simulation Suite

IT Training Suites

Library and Knowledge Services Centres

Clinical Skills Laboratory

Practical Training Rooms

Moving and Handling training facility

Seminar Rooms, equipped with PC and projectors

Meeting Rooms

Dining facilities: Learners’ Lounge (BGTH) and Deli Bar (RBTH)

On-site parking

Service leads

Dr Ian Stanley  - Deputy Medical Director for Quality Education

(Consultant Anaesthetist)


Mrs Ruth Smith - Director of Medical Education (Obstetrics and Gynaecology Consultant)


Dr Damien Lynch - Director of Undergraduate Medical Education


Julia Owen - Associate Director of Education


Alison Walmsley - Clinical Education Lead


Gillian Cairns - Education and Workforce Lead


Helen Aston - Education Support Services Lead


Abbas Bismallah - Head of Library and Knowledge Services

Key staff

Education Support Services


Carl Dearden - Education Development Practitioner


Ruth Fort - Education Development Practitioner


Rachael Rogers - Education Development Practitioner


Karen Mainwaring - Education Development Manager: Induction, Core and Essential Skills


Rita Ansbro - Business Support Manager


Clare Morton - Library and Knowledge Services Operational Manager


Clinical Education Team

Stuart Warburton - Life Support Trainer

Helen Punshon - Clinical Skills and Preceptorship Lead

Jenna Kenny - Clinical Skills Trainer

Marion Willcocks - Infection Prevention and Control Advisor

Eunice Davies - Safer Handling Lead

Vivien Shaw - Administration Manager


Clinical Skills Tutors (Starting September 2018) 

Sally Dumon

Samantha Boast

Natalie Cartmell


Postgraduate Medical Education

Melanie Stuart - Medical Education Manager


Undergraduate Medical Education

Laura-Jane Lloyd - Undergraduate Manager


Practice Education Facilitation Team

Andrew Keavey - Practice Placement Facilitator


Work-based Education Team

Denise Owen – Work Based Learning Lead

Sufiya Rasul – Widening Access and Apprenticeship Facilitator

Lesley Nuttall – Assistant Training Officer

Suzanne Lang – Vocational Pre-Employment Co-Ordinator

Lauren Barker – Marketing and Administration Apprentice

General enquiries

General enquiries

Department of Post Graduate Medicine

Microsite web address:

Department of Under Graduate Medicine

Microsite web address:

Clinical  Education Team

Advanced Life Support Courses:

Clinical Skills:


 ​​​​​Work based Education Team


Pre-registration and practice information:

Education Support Services

Education Support:

Revalidation:  N&

Learning hub

Learning Hub email:

Learning Hub Web address:

Skills and training

Core and Essential Skills Training:

Corporate Induction:

Library and knowledge services

Library and Knowledge

Microsite web address:

Library Facebook: @elhtlibrary

Library Twitter: @elhtlibrary


Follow us on Facebook: @ELHTEdDev

Find us on Twitter: @ELHTEdDev

Opening times

The Learning and Development Centres are open from 8am to 5pm.  The libraries are staffed 8:30am - 4:30pm (Mon-Thu), 8:30 - 4pm (Fri), but are available 24/7 for registered users.

The Education Directorate supports the whole workforce outside of our Education Centre provision. 

This includes:

·         Site visits

·         Ward and departmental education & training

·         Supervision

·         Coaching & mentoring

·         Marketing events and roadshows, for example pop-up


The education directorate facilities are open to staff from local healthcare organisations via external membership.

Library facilities

The Trust’s library services are open to all ELHT staff and students on placement, whatever their grade or discipline.  Our online library, the ELHT Evidence Hub, offers quick access to resources and best evidence to all staff on whatever site they are based, and gives a comprehensive list of our services.

Both the learning centres and libraries enable staff to have quiet time and access to a range of resources both for learning and development and personal health and well-being. We provide access to a range of books, journals, databases and electronic resources to inform evidence-based patient care, education and personal development.  We offer ‘hot-desking’, computer, printing, study and document supply facilities. Training sessions covering evidence-based literature searching are also available, and can be delivered within hospital departments or on community sites. Literature searches to support best practice and service development can be arranged through our Clinical Outreach service. Our library facilities are also open to staff of local healthcare organisations via External Membership.

Learning hub

The Learning Hub system enables Trust staff to have an accessible, personal and professional portfolio, capturing attendance and compliance with training requirements.   This supports both personal and professional development and registration requirements.

Your Learning Journey at ELHT will commence at Trust Induction.  For further details regarding our Corporate Trust Induction Programme, visit our Induction Welcome Lounge  All training and development opportunities for staff are advertised via the Learning Hub, an electronic platform enabling staff to easily enrol on courses. 

(see general enquiries section for contact details for our services)