A warm welcome
We welcomed some new members to the workforce transformation programme including Kate North, Mike Curtis regional director for Health Education England in the North East & Yorkshire and Daniel Hartley, head of workforce and organisational development for NHS England/Improvement for the north east and Yorkshire.
Interim NHS People Plan
NHS England/Improvement has published the interim People Plan which sets an agenda to tackle the range of workforce challenges in health and care. The plan was developed collaboratively with national leaders and partners and there have been discussions taking place across our integrated care system to ensure an understanding of what this means for the north east and north Cumbria.
Key themes include making the NHS the best place to work, improving NHS leadership and culture, addressing workforce shortages, delivering 21st century care and developing a new operating model for workforce. The substantive People Plan will be published following the spending review. You can view the full plan.
There is also a useful summary from NHS Employers.
Workforce operating model
We are delighted that our region has been chosen as a pilot area for scoping the new workforce operating model for integrated care systems (ICSs).
The interim People Plan makes a commitment that ICSs will, overtime, take on greater responsibility for people planning and transformation activity. With this in mind, a new ICS workforce operating model will be used to assess readiness to take on responsibilities locally and help systems develop to more mature levels of functioning across a wide range of workforce topics.
Stakeholders from across our patch will be working with KPMG to ‘test’ the draft model, suggesting improvements and feeding back learning and financial implications.
A finance sub-group of the workforce board is to be set up to oversee and co-ordinate the financial aspects of the programme and will be chaired by director of workforce transformation, Lisa Crichton-Jones.
Trainee nursing associates
Opportunities to work together to recruit and place trainee nursing associates were discussed by the workforce transformation and strategy board and it agreed to take collective responsibility for meeting the proposed increase in numbers across the north east and north Cumbria. It was agreed that Dr Lesley Young-Murphy at North Tyneside Clinical Commissioning Group would take this forward and discuss with the director of nursing forum. Nursing associates are a new role designed to bridge the gap between health and care assistants and registered nurses.