All Trusts have now adopted the Electronic Staff Record (ESR) system and are going on to further develop and utilise its functionality. This is an opportunity to record one example of the good practice behind how the original implementation of an ESR payroll was achieved.
Workforce Strategy and Planning
The North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) has recently developed a single monthly workforce information dashboard, both at Trust level and for each service line, to enable the effective use of workforce information across the Trust. This dashboard was developed in response to internal audit reports, which identified that improvements were required across the Trust for the reporting of performance metrics, of which workforce information was one element.
Cheshire HR Service, founded in 2006, provides a blueprint for NHS HR shared services. Hosted by East Cheshire NHS Trust it provides the full range of HR services through a Service Level Agreement (SLA) Partnership Arrangement, to East Cheshire NHS Trust, Central and Eastern Cheshire PCT and NHS Western Cheshire and is currently looking to extend its coverage and build a broader customer base. With no obligation on NHS organizations to go down the shared service route there is a need to ensure value for money and the economies of scale that a shared service brings.
The NHS Commissioning Board (NHS CB) have released Everyone Counts: Planning for Patients 2013/14, which outlines the incentives and levers that will be used to improve services from April 2013, the first year of the new NHS, where improvement is driven by clinical commissioners.
The North West (NW) Allied Health Professions (AHP) Workforce and Education Report provides a comprehensive profile of the current (2012) regional AHP workforce, and identifies workforce risks and opportunities for this professional group in the future.The NW AHP Workforce Board is a strategic group focusing on a broad range of issues to support the AHP workforce. The Board provides strategic leadership and influence, working in partnership with key stakeholders at a national and local level.
The national call to action for Health Visitors (HV) which was instigated in Feb 2011 detailed a requirement for significant growth in Health Visitors and a transformation of services in support of children and their families.
The Workforce Development Fund (WDF) is a funding stream from the Department of Health disseminated by Skills for Care. It focuses on the achievement of qualification units and supports the ongoing professional development of staffacross the adult social care sector.For employers, accessing WDF significantly contributes towards the costs of workers’ completing units and qualifications on the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF). It can also be used to help fund the delivery of intermediate and advanced level Apprenticeships in social care.
The North West LETB, Health Education North West (HENW), identified the need to investigate the requirements of primary care in respect of workforce development, starting with GP Practices. As such the LETB has launched a Primary Care Intelligence and Demand Project (running from 2013 until 2015). This project sits under a wider remit of work, within the Integrated Workforce unit.The Integrated Workforce Unit (IWU) has been developed by HENW in response to the changing organisational landscape and context in order to maximise the use of resources across a number of current work streams.
National General Practice (GP) Profiles are designed as a tool to support GPs, clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) and PCTs to ensure that they are providing and commissioning effective and appropriate healthcare services for their local population.Using a variety of graphical displays such as spine charts and population pyramids, the tool represents a range of practice-level indicators drawn from the latest available data, including:
The primary aim of the GP Tool is to collect information on primary care practice staff. This includes GPs, nurses, direct patient care workers, practice management and apprentices so that:Health Education Yorkshire and the Humber (HEYH) can invest in training and education in primary care GP practices are supported in workforce planningCommissioners of services can understand the current and future workforce challenges in Primary CareThe pilot at HEYH has developed a web-based tool to collect and record primary care workforce information.