From Mish Irvine, Programme Director
The Together We’re Better Workforce Programme has been busy planning ahead for an exciting 2020. This year will see the continuation of recruiting to new apprenticeships, creating new schemes to address workforce challenges and working with system partners to bring sustainability and positive transformation to the Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent health and care workforce. Here is an update on work so far:
- In January, the Palliative Care apprentices began their first rotational placements across different care settings in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent. Over the next five months the apprentices will be placed at Belong Care Village in Newcastle-under-Lyme, Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (MPFT) Palliative Care and Admission Avoidance Services, Douglas Macmillan Hospice and a variety of services at University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust (UHNM).
- In November, the first Together We’re Better Digital Workforce Group met for a collaborative workshop. The group focuses on bringing together all key stakeholders within the Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent health and care system to retain and engage the workforce, inspire and develop digital skills and leadership and increase staff capacity. The group has identified key areas of interest which will be developed with the help of system colleagues. Our programme is also beginning to work closely with Primary Care Networks to support digital innovation in primary care.
- Building on the outputs of the Think Tank workshops, which took place at the end of last year and focused on sustainability, the team is also developing plans in relation to flexible working and retaining people within our system and career pathways. Workshops will take place throughout this month and February, which will include clinical, professional leads and operational colleagues, looking at how we can really tackle retention at Trust and system level.
- Step into Work, a new programme created with Health Education England and developed with the DWP and Stoke-on-Trent College, will be rolled out across Staffordshire, Stoke-on-Trent and Shropshire Job Centres at the end of January. The scheme helps those who are currently unemployed to start their careers in health and social care. The scheme is for individuals aged 19 and over, who live locally.
- The new health and social care scheme, I Care…Ambassadors (supported by Together We’re Better and the Care Market Development Team), is relaunching on Monday 24 February. This is a scheme for colleagues who are already working to widen participation, as they engage with schools and careers advisers to motivate and inspire working within the sector.
- Two Young People’s Conferences will be taking place in March to support Gatsby benchmarks, giving young people exposure to many roles across health and social care.
- Colleagues across the system can also apply for the Apprenticeship Levy Sharing Programme and submit applications to help develop themselves and their staff. Applications can be submitted here.
- The Redeployment Service continues to provide support to staff at risk of redundancy across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent, seeking suitable alternative employment wherever possible. To date, the service has co-ordinated the successful redeployment of 167 members of staff and have saved the NHS £4.2 million in redundancy costs.