Workforce Programme - March 2019

Workforce update from Greg Moores, Programme Director

Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent has been leading the way nationally with the pioneering Staffordshire Physician Associate (PA) Internship, the first initiative of its kind to offer placements for groups of PAs within primary and secondary care along with a structured teaching programme.

Led by the North Staffordshire GP Federation in partnership with local NHS provider trusts and a number of GP practices, we’re delighted the programme has been shortlisted in the ‘Primary Care Initiative of the Year’ category in the national HSJ Value Awards.

The Federation is holding a Physician Associates in Primary Care Conference on Thursday 13 June at Keele Hall, Keele University. The conference will explore the current climate, showcase the role of PAs and the opportunities for them within primary care.

PAs are medically trained healthcare professionals. The internship enables them to spend three days a week working in general practice and the other two days as part of an acute or mental health team. Among the tasks they are qualified to carry out include performing physical examinations, seeing patients with long-term chronic conditions and providing health promotion and disease prevention advice.

The conference is aimed at colleagues with vested interests in primary care, such as local GPs, practice managers, PAs and CCG primary care commissioning managers, as well as workforce managers and quality managers in primary care and stakeholders such as Health Education England and NHS England.

In other news, we’ve been working to develop a framework for the retention of health and care staff alongside a toolkit to include best practice and case studies from partner organisations.

The Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Talent Academy will soon be going live on Together We’re Better’s website, including an STP careers advice and support service – the New Horizons Careers Hub –  which is being developed with partners to retain and attract existing and future workforces within Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent. Both areas have been created to bring together new and existing information onto one interactive, engaging and user-friendly platform. The aim is to streamline processes and encourage new and existing workforces to live, learn and work in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent.

Finally this month, we’re really pleased a Health and Care Graduate pathway has been developed with our partners to improve the entry of young people into health and social care careers, with the plan to have first cohort in place by September 2019.