Tools & Resources

Enabling Workforce Transformation in General Practice

Enabling Workforce Transformation in General Practice’ was hosted by Health Education North West at the Halliwell Jones Stadium, Warrington on 29 January 2015. A total of three sub-regional events were held, with additional events in Preston and Manchester. Each event was attended by approximately 70 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”.

STEMTECH Careers Event

The careers event was held to showcase career opportunities in Science Technology Engineering and Maths (STEM subjects). The event provided an opportunity to showcase NHS careers in STEM subjects and in particular Apprenticeship opportunities that are being currently advertised in Pharmacy, Healthcare Science, the Ambulance service and Dental Nursing. Opportunities in all these disciplines will be advertised in the next few weeks and the majority of these Apprenticeships are planned to start September 2015.

Let's Celebrate Healthcare Assistants: Compassionate Care in Practice Course

Healthcare assistants (HCAs) are essential to the delivery of high quality patient care, and, as identified in the Francis Report and Cavendish Review, there is a real need to improve the support they receive as well as their development in the workplace.In response to this need the Executive Director of Nursing for Mersey Care NHS Trust initiated the development of a two day mandatory course, ‘Let’s Celebrate Healthcare Assistants: Compassionate Care in Practice’.

2014 Adult IAPT Workforce Census Report

The 2014 workforce census achieved a 95% response rate and provides a snapshot of the size and shape of the IAPT workforce at April 2014 in England.The 2014 Census was undertaken because there is currently no national data collection of IAPT practitioners by the Health and Social Care Information Centre.The IAPT team defined the workforce categories to facilitate accurate data collection and to reduce any ambiguities which had been known to impact upon the accuracy of returns in 2012.

Reducing Long-term Absenteeism

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.

Cheshire and Merseyside Forerunner Bid

Health Education North West has been able to set aside £1m for each local workforce and education group to develop local programmes that support transformational and developmental projects within their respective area. For the Cheshire & Merseyside LWEG (C&M LWEG) the decision was made to spend the allocated money on one proposal. This proposal introduces an ambitious initiative to support local and national agendas to work differently and deliver care closer to home.

Setting up a mediation service at Lancashire Teaching NHS Foundation Trust

An internal, formal mediation scheme was set up in January 2014 within Lancashire Teaching Hospitals Foundation Trust. Mediation within the Trust is a voluntary process that supports people in resolving workplace disagreements in a way that is fair and agreed by both parties. The mediator works with people to help them find a solution and reach an agreement about how best to proceed to tackle the situation.