Tools & Resources

Skills for Health Academy North West

The Skills for Health Academy North West works with a range of partners to deliver education and learning programmes for people who wish to work, or who are currently working in the healthcare sector. With the support of NHS organisations the Academy coordinates and delivers programmes aimed at promoting the NHS as a career of choice for young people and supporting pre-employment programmes aimed at getting people on working age benefits back into work.

Horizon Scanning Bulletins: A Collaborative Project from NHS Librarians in the North West

The Library Information Health Network (LIHNN), has undertaken a ‘Horizon Scanning’ project which involves producing a series of ‘Current Awareness’ bulletins to summarise new information on best practice, innovation and future risk factors in a series of topic areas, with eighteen titles currently being distributed monthly.

A Workforce Strategy to Improve Staff Engagement

Bolton NHS Foundation Trust has undertaken a staff engagement strategy, supported by the development of the Bolton Improving Care System (BICS) and lean processes, as well as by a comprehensive leadership development programme.Throughout its journey the Trust has had to demonstrate its ability to respond flexibly and positively in an ever-changing NHS landscape where major NHS reform are creating new economic environments, workforce and service uncertainties.

Supervision of Midwives Clinic

In August 2010 East Cheshire NHS Trust set up an innovative Supervisor of Midwives (SOM) clinic which includes offering advice to pregnant women regarding birth planning to help support normal births.As well as helping mothers and babies this initiative has led to greater job satisfaction for the midwives and an overall reduction in NHS costs.    

Transforming Workforce in Partnership to Achieve Integrated Care

In 2011 East Cheshire NHS Trust, together with Eastern Cheshire Clinical Commissioning Group (ECCCG), Cheshire & Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and Cheshire East Council formed a partnership to facilitate integrated care for the population of East Cheshire.The Eastern Cheshire ‘Transforming Workforce in Partnership’ (TWIP) project now forms the initial work programme of the over arching Leadership, OD & Workforce workstream of the integrated care programme.

Resident Shift Working Consultants

In 2009, Greater Manchester Children, Young People and Families’ NHS Network undertook the expansion of a consultant-delivered service using a ‘Resident Shift Work Consultant (RSWC) work plan’. The public consultation decision to this reconfiguration was to reduce the number of 24 hour consultant-led units for paediatric and maternity services in the Greater Manchester area from 12 to a maximum of eight, and to increase the number of neonatal intensive care units from two to three.

North West Junior Doctor Advisory Team (JDAT)

The North West Junior Doctor Advisory Team (JDAT) is a successor body to the local regional action team formed to implement a new junior doctor contract (the New Deal) in 1991. This team consists of two junior doctors from different backgrounds and at different stages in their careers, plus a project officer.The JDAT provides independent guidance and oversight for matters such as New Deal issues and is the point of contact within the NHS North West for Junior Doctors who need help and advice about their rotas and working conditions.