We have so much to be proud of across our region and the dedication of our workforce never ceases to amaze us.
But we know there is more we can do to make our region the best place to work, to improve employee experiences and ensure a strong and sustainable workforce which can meet the demands of an ever-changing health and care system to deliver 21st century care.
Of course lots of work is already happening to do just that, but becoming an ICS provides us with the ideal opportunity to harness all our efforts and work, at scale, to build on innovations and share best practice so that we are stronger together.
We’ve seen results when we have done this before and we have a long history of partnership working and involvement across many different organisations.
Moving forward we have a clear focus for our ambitions and the workforce transformation and strategy board, which includes representatives from partners, has agreed key priorities which are also reflected in the NHS Long Term Plan and the recently-published interim People Plan. In a nutshell, the three key areas are about making our region the best place to work, valuing and supporting leadership at all levels and getting supply and education right.
We’ve put in place a number of working groups which alongside the board will help drive forward the innovations we all want to see across the region (you can read more about our governance arrangements). While having these in place is important, this is not the whole picture. Our success will depend as much as on what happens on the ground; listening, learning and acting on the views of people from all professions and organisations. Something we will continue to do as we move forward.
We hope you find this first issue of the bulletin helpful and please do stay in touch.
Ken Bremner and Lisa Crichton-Jones