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.
Learning & Development
The University Hospital Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust (UHMBT) faces a unique communication challenge due its large geographic area. This makes it very difficult and time consuming for the Trust to communicate effectively with its three different constituencies of Lancaster, Kendal and Barrow. Therefore in an innovative move, it has been using emerging social media as a potential solution to this problem.
The Trust adopted a Coaching for Quality Strategy which included a commitment to developing a coaching programme across the Trust to allow trained coaches to support, challenge, develop and build success in all areas of the organisation. In addition, it was accepted in the strategy that coaching would become the preferred leadership approach.
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.
The Cheshire and Merseyside Healthy Providers Network (C&M HP network) is a voluntary, professional, peer support network formed in the summer of 2012 that aims to provide a unified approach to health improvement across Cheshire & Merseyside (C&M). The network currently meets on a bi-monthly basis and is keen to establish an online forum as well.
The Community Pharmacy Competence group supports staff working in community sectors of pharmacy across the North West. The group was set up in 2013 and is responsible for taking forward work to enable community pharmacists to complete Declarations of Competence (DoCs), in order to deliver locally commissioned services.
Some organisations and individuals in the NHS already offer their support to health systems in developing countries.Through this work we can play our part in improving health globally while developing leadership and other skills in the NHS and further building and sustaining international networks. This is not just for clinical professionals but also can include none clinical staff (IT, HR and Medical Records staff) and healthcare managers.This Hot Topic describes how individuals and organisations can get involved in international healthcare projects.
Building Learning & Development Excellence is the title given to a Competency Framework and Development Programme aimed at supporting Learning and Development (L&D) leaders to lead high performing L&D functions.The resource recognises the pivotal role of learning and development functions in enabling a workforce that is; fit for purpose, flexible to service and patient need, and aligned to the quality and productivity agenda.With over 203,000 staff working in patient health care across 41 NHS providers in the North West, the challenge to meet the range and scale of learning and
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.
Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust (PCNHSFT) is committed to developing inter-professional learning (IPL) opportunities within clinical practice to enable learners to better understand individuals and situations, adapt to changes, maintain and develop the future of client/patient care.A study day was planned for undergraduate health care students who were placed within a community setting across PCNHSFT to promote the concept of IPL.