Workforce transformation and strategy board
As part of the ICS, a workforce transformation and strategy board has been established and oversees the development and implementation of a workforce strategy for the north east and north Cumbria. The board provides a strategic leadership role – building and developing communication, relationships and collaboration across health and care.
The board meets every two months and is made up of chief executives from across health and care along with a wide range of partners including the voluntary and housing sector, directors of adult social services, NHS England/Improvement, Health Education England, North East Leadership Academy, Public Health England, representatives from integrated care partnership and heads of human resources from local authorities.
Two further groups have been established to support the board.
Workforce programme leadership group
Our workforce programme leadership group oversees the delivery and co-ordination of our priority areas, which are:
- 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, see below).
- Supporting and valuing leadership at all levels (system development); responding to cultural change, leadership and resilience.
A great place to work delivery board
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) replaces the regional streamlining board* and works with the North East Social Partnership Forum to further develop the excellent work carried out by current streamlining teams. The board held its first meeting on 20 June and agreed its key priorities:
- Statutory and mandatory training
- Occupational health
- Flexibility of employment,
- Equality, diversity and inclusion
- Health and wellbeing
*The regional streamlining board led work to ensure a consistent approach and improvements to recruitment, occupational health and statutory training as part of the national streamlining programme.
Sarah Kilner is the streamlining programme manager.