Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (CMFT) has always offered work experience for school and college age learners, but in addition, since March 2010 a staff volunteering programme has been in place, designed to help inspire young people and to open their eyes to the career opportunities in healthcare.This not only broadens their horizons but serves to nurture the next generation of NHS staff and gives existing staff the opportunity to mentor and support the learning of these young people, which can be a very rewarding experience.
Altogether Now - a Legacy for Blackpool is a multi-agency crusade, delivered by three partners - NHS Blackpool, Blackpool FC and Blackpool Council, serving the Blackpool community of approx 142,000 residents. Launched in 2010 this all-age, all-sport, all-inclusive programme is aimed at improving the health and wellbeing of every person in the seaside town irrespective of age, race, gender or ability, through increased physical activity and targeted health messages.
In 2012, The Walton Centre NHS Foundation Trust rolled out values-based competency interview questions for recruitment to clinical roles. These were developed by the Human Resources (HR) Department, to support recruiting managers and help ensure that new recruits exhibit and share the Trust’s five core values; caring, dignity, respect, openness and pride. These core values were developed by the staff in order to localise the NHS Constitution and provide the guiding principles that underpin everything the Trust does.
St Helens and Knowsley (StHK) NHS Trust became the Lead Employer for junior doctors in the Cheshire and Merseyside (C&M) area on behalf of the Mersey Deanery in August 2010.The scale of this task, which involved managing over 2000 junior doctors, gave the trust an impetus to introduce a more efficient way of recording sickness absence.
Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (Blackpool FT) has worked in collaboration with Lancaster University’s Centre for Training and Development (CETAD), to develop a robust, accredited learning programme for its ward managers, who in the current NHS landscape have had to undertake a range of managerial tasks as well as their normal clinical role.
Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (MCHT), like many similar medium-sized district general hospital trusts, has had a problem with staff absenteeism. The Trust’s rolling average, despite being well within the target of 4.51%, which was previously set by clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) and NHS North West, steadily increased from 2007 to 2012.
Aintree University Hospital NHS Trust has developed an online student placement choose and book system, where students from all disciplines can select and book spoke placements. Placements are available for spokes (one to four weeks) and short visits (from a few hours up to five days). These opportunities supplement their main hub placements and lend themselves to broader learning experiences.
Improving Care Plus Groups; workforce information systems and ensuring data up to date This project focused on bringing Care Plus Groups; workforce information systems and data up to date and concentrated on 7 key data quality priorities within ESR. This included specific targets to significantly improve data quality within Care Plus Group during 2013.
The government launched the Health Visitor Implementation Plan (HVIP) to strengthen the role of health visitors between 2011 and 2015. The Department of Health awarded funding to develop and implement a Commissioner Led Peer Review (CLPR) of this HVIP which aimed to develop a North of England (NoE) wide pool of knowledge, with the completion of a gap analysis, to assure delivery of health visiting services.
Skills for Health Academy North West have developed an Employment Progression Pathway (EPP) in order to provide six month post-programme support to anyone who has undertaken NHS and publically funded training programmes. The aim is to provide support for participants to successfully apply for vacancies within the North West health and care sector and the wider public sector, and to support organisations retain participants which ensures the consistent availability of applicants for band 1-4 posts.