Skills for Life (SfL) is ‘the ability to read, write and speak in English and to use mathematics at a level to function at work and society in general.’ SfL is the name of the government strategy to promote these skills. ESOL (English for Speaker of Other Languages) is also recognised and included in this definition of SfL. It can also be referred to as basic skills, essential skills, literacy, language and numeracy or English and maths.
Tools & Resources
The Cumbria and Lancashire Telestroke Network is a collaboration between six Acute Trusts (across 8 sites) and seven PCTs in Cumbria and Lancashire whose aim was to deliver 24/7 stroke thrombolysis for patients with acute ischaemic stroke in a rural area. This has demonstrated cost-savings on long-term care for the stroke patients, and had a positive impact on the workforce due to improved service delivery.
A model of consultative clinical supervision has been implemented for a team of genetic counsellors at Liverpool Women’s Hospital, based at Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust. This integrative, multi-theoretical, dual model, which incorporates recommendations from the AGNC, combines individual and team-based supervision, and has helped the Trust win awards for excellence in; patient care, team-working and partnerships.
The NHS Bursary Scheme is established to provide support for a range of students studying professional healthcare programmes. The Scheme is composed of several elements: Contribution to tuition fee (for courses leading to professional registration as a doctor or dentist)Maintenance award (known as a bursary)Additional allowances including where applicable:
The Knowledge Management (KM) team within Connecting for Health (NHS CFH), is part of the Department of Health Informatics Directorate (DHID). This team has developed a Knowledge Transition Toolkit to support the NHS capture and share learning as it transitions to the future state.This toolkit supports business continuity, providing the means by which the NHS of the future can build on the experience and good practice of its predecessors.
Tate Liverpool’s Opening Doors Programme has been running since 1997, in partnership with local NHS Trusts such as Liverpool PCT and Mersey Care. Each year it is aimed at cross-sector professionals, working within broad health & wellbeing settings, with the aim of empowering them to use art as a way of supporting service users. This has had a positive impact on the mental health of staff, as well as helping patients to express their creativity in a constructive therapeutic way.
The Greater Manchester (GM) PCT Shared HR Service was built with the main aim of keeping the PCT’s HR functions resilient throughout major NHS reforms, and also to ensure sustainability of the service following the abolition of PCTs whilst driving down costs. This service went live on 1st April 2011, the same date a the TCS transfers, and since then has demonstrated significant progress towards the estimated managerial costs saving of 40%.
The first ever NHS North West Games event took place in Merseyside in September 2011, involving over 300 members of staff from 17 NHS Trusts across the North West region.The teams came together to compete in football, netball, badminton, rounders, touch rugby and athletics competitions.
Stockport’s Occupational Health Department, located within Stockport Foundation Trust’s Stepping Hill Hospital, serves both the Trust and the local PCT, as well as a few private and public sector bodies. This department operates as a Hub and Spoke Model, which has received positive feedback from commissioners and continues to meet key performance indicators within acceptable variances.
The aim of the Merseyside Personal Health Budgets (PHB) pilot was to help the Department of Health evaluate Personal Health Budgets, which can be used to purchase goods and services to help individuals achieve their agreed health outcomes.