Workforce Transformation

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.

The Francis Report - Dean Royles’ Briefing

There are 290 recommendations within the Francis Report which are fully outlined in the Report’s Executive Summary.This briefing is a summary of the key recommendations that Dean Royles, director of NHS Employers, has identified as having a workforce focus. Dean is a regular conference speaker, published in a number of journals and provides expert opinion in the national media. He was voted HR’s Most Influential Practitioner in 2012. 

Modernising Scientific Careers: The Cardiac Scientist Role and its Impact within the NHS

Within most NHS hospitals the healthcare science workforce is likely to be the second largest workforce responsible for delivering diagnostic investigation and interventions. Yet their existence is still largely hidden, not only from their own individual employers, but also from the general public. The skills possessed by this workforce are critical in ensuring that the NHS is able to recover from the current financial pressures and also to deliver robust high quality services across patient pathways from primary, through to secondary and tertiary care.

Spotlight on the NHS North West Healthcare Science Network

The NHS North West (NW) Healthcare Science Network is a professional network created in 2004 and has been instrumental in promoting, supporting, developing and representing the Healthcare Science workforce of over 7000 scientists in the NW.This funded network represents Healthcare Scientists from over 45 different specialisms across the three divisions of Life Science, Physiological Science and Physical Science and Engineering.Locating Healthcare Scientists in the NW couldn’t be easier as a new NW Healthcare Science Directory for 2012 is now available for download at

Pride in Practice - Supporting GPs to achieve better health outcomes for lesbian, gay and bisexual patients

Pride in Practice is a service provided by The Lesbian & Gay Foundation to GP practices to support improvements in health outcomes for their lesbian, bisexual and gay (LGB) patients, as well as strengthen their engagement with and understanding of the LGB community.It publically celebrates GP practices that are delivering inclusive services and supports them to further develop their services through advice, support, resources and training through a practices account manager.

Orthoptics - An invisible profession?

This information is primarily aimed at service commissioners and workforce planners, however it is also an awareness raising tool for all in respect of a small profession that is often misunderstood and, in some cases, not fully recognised in terms of its importance.Two key facts about the Orthoptist profession:

  •       they save lives and make a real and highly valuable difference to the patients they treat
  •       they offer value for money services and can make a significant contribution to cost savings and the QIPP agenda

   

Health Education North West - The North West Local Education and Training Board

Local Education and Training Boards (LETBs) are part of the new education and training architecture, first introduced in Liberating the NHS: Developing the healthcare workforce - From design to delivery.The North West Local Education and Training Board, known as Health Education North West, is a collaboration between healthcare organisations and other partners in the region to ensure that they develop a highly skilled workforce capable of meeting the needs of patients today and in the future. Health Education North West will work through devolved arrangements with three Local Workforce and

Greater Manchester Forerunner Fund Bids

Health Education North West (HENW) has been able to set aside £1m for each local workforce and education group (LWEG) to develop local programmes that support transformational and developmental projects within their respective area. Each LWEG may establish its own principles and process in agreement with HENW officers, on the basis that the requirements of HENW as the accountable organisation are met.This document contains an overview of the 15 projects in Greater Manchester that have been funded by the HENW Forerunner Fund.

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