Workforce Programme - Exciting new projects being developed from Think Tank and successful NHS Careers Event

Following our successful Workforce Think Tank event, which was well attended by staff from 30 organisations across the system, we have been analysing the outputs and are working on rolling out several new projects and groups.

These will support flexible retirement and retention, careers hub/’itchy feet’ conversations, a new route into nursing, the Apprenticeship Levy sharing process and a young people’s marketing strategy linked to an APP or website targeted directly for them.

All of these projects and groups cover topics raised in the three workshops held at the event, which focused on marketing and branding, flexible working and sharing the apprenticeship levy.

This month we also attended the annual NHS Careers Event which took place at County Showground in Stafford. Youngsters in Years 8-10 from schools all across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent attended the event, which showcased a plethora of hugely different roles available in the NHS.

Each of the partner providers from Together We’re Better was represented at the event, as well as representation from services such as the Royal Navy and the Armed Forces.

We really valued talking to young people about their career aspirations. It was remarkable how clear so many 12 and 13-year-olds are about what job they want to do. Lots of them wanted to enter the health and social care sector, which was encouraging. We need to ensure there are enough pathways into health and social care; some traditional degrees and other apprenticeship pathways to make sure everyone who wants to join us can.

The day helped us to refine some of the projects aimed at increasing workforce supply. We will continue working with schools to expand uptake of work experience in our sector, apprenticeships and pathways into more senior roles.

The recruitment process to the End of Life/Palliative Care rotational apprenticeship is planned to get underway in December and will see eight recruits beginning placements in NHS, private and voluntary organisations across the county.

The aim of this scheme is to improve partnership working, increase skills and increase the knowledge and understanding of the entire care pathway, ultimately enhancing the quality of care delivered to patients.