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From Alex Brett, Programme Director

At the beginning of September, 14 health and social care graduates began their five-year programme. Rotational placements in primary care, social care, mental health, district nursing teams and acute care in a hospital setting will give them a unique experience and insight into many different areas of health and care. Five palliative care apprentices also began their 14-month programme, with rotational placements across UHNM, Douglas Macmillan Hospice, Belong, Katharine House Hospice and MPFT. Both groups will be completing their Healthcare Support Worker Level 2 diploma with Newcastle and Stafford College Group.

Over this summer’s 12-week listening exercise, 1,215 health and care staff have been engaged across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent at a variety of events. Coordinating partners’ submissions and feedback on the Long Term Plan has been a lot of work – this will inform the overall system plan to be submitted at the end of September

We have been working with the STP Digital workstream and partners to develop programmes to support, enable and empower the workforce in digital and technology.

At the end of July, the Apprenticeship Levy Sharing Programme invited applications for funding requests for the second time, receiving seven applications from a variety of organisations across the county. In total, £102,000 of levy share monies have been requested to be shared. Following both funding rounds, a total of 111 apprenticeships have or will be benefitting from the scheme and £672,000 of levy funds have been applied for.

The redeployment service continues to support and guide members of staff at risk of redundancy and seeks suitable alternative employment wherever possible. To date, the service has co-ordinated the successful redeployments of 159 members of staff and has saved the NHS over £4 million in redundancy costs. Recently, the team have been focusing on aiding a large-scale management of change.