Workforce Programme - May 2019

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Workforce update by Greg Moores, Programme Director

The programme team have been focusing on several projects across the health and social care system since we last updated you.

Firstly, workforce listening events are scheduled throughout June to July 2019. Events will include roadshows, organisational engagement events and cross sector events, and there will also be an opportunity to complete a survey. The team will be engaging with staff and listening to how they feel service provision is currently working well, what can be improved and what’s important to them. More information is available on Together We’re Better’s website at  

In terms of the Health and Care Graduate Pathway, two focus groups were held in April with students from Newcastle-under-Lyme College. This presented an opportunity for students to find out more, ask questions and engage with the process. So far, 43 individuals have expressed an interest in being considered for the pathway and had until 17 May to return their applications for consideration. Once shortlisting is complete, an assessment day will be held for the successful candidates in June. A total of 20 students will then be recruited, with a start date planned for September 2019.

The Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Talent Academy is now live on the Together We’re Better website. We’re excited to showcase working in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent through our three unique user journeys - ‘About Staffordshire’, ‘Want to Join Us?’ and ‘Already Work for Us?’. Whether you’re looking for information on moving to Staffordshire, interested in finding out more about an apprenticeship, or looking for careers advice, within these areas there’s information and guidance for everyone. As previously mentioned, the aim is to streamline processes and encourage new and existing health and care staff to live, learn and work in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent.

Health Education England hosted a New Roles Conference in partnership with Together We’re Better and Shropshire’s STP this month. This was an opportunity to showcase new roles, new ways of working and good practice to support collaboration across the systems.   

Finally this month, we’re excited to share that Palliative Care Rotational Apprenticeship interviews have concluded and apprentices have been appointed for several host organisations. Next steps will include finalising exciting placement plans with our partners ready for start dates around September 2019.