As part of the emerging ICS, a strategic workforce board is overseeing the development and implementation of a workforce strategy for the north east and north Cumbria. This will focus on some of the key areas where organisations will work together to ensure a strong and sustainable workforce; tackling – at scale – joint challenges including recruitment and retention through to education and training. Two further groups are being been established to support the board.
A new programme leadership group will drive forward plans for:
- Getting supply and education right (workforce development and innovation); responding to regional demand.
- Becoming a great place to work; responding to the flexibility, efficiency, standards and consistency of our workforce HR practices and focusing on retention of staff (overseen by delivery board below).
- Supporting and valuing leadership at all levels (system development); responding to cultural change, leadership and resilience.
A Great Place to Work delivery board, chaired by Lynne Shaw (currently acting director of workforce and organisational development at Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust). This replaces the regional streamlining board. The delivery board will continue to work with the North East Social Partnership Forum to further develop the excellent work carried out by current streamlining teams; as well as three new priorities covering equality, diversity and inclusion, flexibility of employment and health and wellbeing.
- Discussions have started around a more devolved accountability for planning and developing workforce in the regions. This follows a letter from Baroness Dido Harding, chair of NHS Improvement, which sets out and seeks views on the emerging themes of the national workforce implementation plan. Devolved responsibility for workforce is widely supported by the ICS and we have established a task and finish group to scope what this will mean in practice.
- Kate North, head of workforce futures and inclusion, from Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust has been appointed into the role of system talent management lead and a new regional talent board was launched on 5 June.
- A draft primary care workforce strategy for the ICS will be submitted to NHS England Improvement in June. It is a crucial element of the five year plan for primary care across the region and will set out how we intend to deliver workforce requirements set out in the NHS Long Term Plan, including new contract arrangements for general practice and development of the new primary care networks.
- Our regional Find Your Place campaign, which aims to attract more medical trainees to the north east and north Cumbria and is a collaboration across all our trusts and Health Education England North East, continues to grow from strength-to-strength. Recently published trainee fill rates show a 10.5 per cent increase since 2017/18.
For more information, please contact:
Workforce programme transformation lead
Director of workforce transformation