Workforce Transformation

Enabling Workforce Transformation in General Practice - Manchester event

Enabling Workforce Transformation in General Practice’ was hosted by Health Education North West at The Place Aparthotel, Manchester on 5 February 2015. A total of three sub-regional events were held, with additional events in Preston and Manchester. Each event was attended by healthcare professionals, including practice managers and general practitioners.Transformation of the workforce is an essential component of Health Education England’s vision. In the North West this means “Developing a workforce responsive to changes in care, now and in the future”.

Workforce Development Funding Update

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 Psychological Professions Network (PPN North West)

The Psychological Professions Network (PPN North West) is a new multi-professional network established with the support of Health Education North West (HENW) in collaboration with the Centre for Professional Workforce Development (CPWD).The network brings together a wide range of psychological practitioners from across the region including; psychologists, counsellors, psychotherapists, clinical academics, trainers and trainees, and the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) workforce including psychological wellbeing practitioners and high intensity cognitive behaviour therapist

Social Enterprises in the North West

According to the Social Enterprise organisation, a social enterprise is “a business that trades for a social and/or environmental purpose. It will have a clear sense of its ‘social mission’: which means it will know what difference it is trying to make, who it aims to help, and how it plans to do it. It will bring in most or all of its income through selling goods or services.

Advancing Clinical Practice

Health Education Yorkshire and the Humber (HEYH) is making significant investment in the recruitment and training of 200 Advanced Practitioners (APs) recruited over the next three years, to be deployed throughout the region to maximise staff potential and help reduce reliance on medical staff. Advanced Practioner Framework To ensure sustainability for the initiative, HEYH are developing a multidisciplinary AP Framework to provide system-wide recognition of these roles, aid transferability between organisations, and support diffusion of best practice.

Why is Health Visiting a Hot Topic?

In recent years the numbers of health visitors in the workforce have declined, as has the number of health visitor student placements offered by PCTs. Increasing the numbers in the health visitor workforce is part of the NHS Operating Framework and the SHA (Strategic Health Authority) Assurance Framework as well as a key priority for the government as set out in the coalition agreement and comprehensive spending review.  This document seeks to outline what the North West objectives and implementation plan is following the recent call to action. 

Skill Mix to Support Productivity

There is increasing recognition at a national level that our health and social care workforces need to work differently - across traditional professional boundaries, in different settings, with greater communication and integration with other services, at all levels of the career framework, with different individual skills and team skill mixes.The predicted ageing of our population, with increasingly complicated health and care needs, led to the introduction of the national Quality, Innovation, Productivity and Prevention programme (QIPP) in 2008.

Modernising Scientific Careers: The Hidden Workforce - it’s time for healthcare scientists to stand up and be counted!

Based on current available data, the healthcare science (HCS) workforce is understood to form approximately 5% of the workforce, yet their work is believed to provide input to around 80% of all diagnostic decisions.But wait, do we (the NHS) really understand where healthcare scientists are within our organisations, what roles they are undertaking and even how many there actually are?The answer will probably come as no surprise, but evidence shows that at organisational level there is very little knowledge about the healthcare science workforce.