Human resource management (HRM) policies are vital to quality improvement in respiratory and other forms of care. One such policy is training and development, which focuses on developing and updating worker skills (Buljac-Samardzic et al., 2020). The training policy of an organization is vital because it determines the activities and procedures implemented and their effect on the competence and delivery of care. For example, the training can be tuned to respond to predefined organizational principles, including crew resource management (Buljac-Samardzic et al., 2020). Additionally, training can be designed to improve worker performance and patient safety. Lastly, training can be offered depending on the emerging issues that affect the quality of care. In all these cases, training is directly linked with quality improvements because the quality of care depends on the abilities and competencies of the staff.
If the training did not exist, quality would suffer because workers could still be using outdated procedures and practices that undermine the quality. The most important aspect of quality is patient safety, which means poor patient outcomes are regarded as low quality. Additionally, the absence of training means the workforce cannot address emerging issues related to quality. New technologies and methods are continuously being developed, which are intended to improve the quality of care and, therefore, training policies are the perfect approach to update workers.
Training policy and procedures can be improved by incorporating evidence-based practice in the design and delivery of the training program. Evidence-based practice can be described as an approach to problem-solving in healthcare, which integrates evidence from research and patient care data to improve health outcomes (Chiwaula et al., 2018). In this case, the evidence-based practice will require the HRM function to explore the training needs which are aligned with the quality improvement initiatives. The design and implementation of training procedures and protocols have to be informed by scientific and empirical research.
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Chiwaula, C., Chinkhata, M., Kamera, H., & Haruzivishe, C. (2018). Evidence-based practice: a concept analysis. Health Systems and Policy Research, 5(3), 1-7.