With the festive season now upon us we would like to say a huge thank you to staff across the region who will be looking after others at Christmas. We hope you get some time with your own family and friends. Thanks for continuing to put other people first and making a difference to so many lives.
Reflecting on 2019, it’s clear we have much to be proud of across our region and the dedication of our workforce never ceases to amaze us.
Learning about the great work already in place across the North East and North Cumbria has been a particular highlight for us. We’ve had the privilege of meeting some incredibly talented and committed people who are passionate about the potential of our region and what we can achieve by working together.
As you know we always like to be ahead of the game in the North East and North Cumbria! So, we are delighted to announce that we have launched an accredited training programme for social prescribing link workers – the first of its kind in the country. You can read more here.
As you may remember from our last bulletin, just shy of half a million pounds has been allocated to some exciting workforce related projects across the ICS, thanks to funding from our partners Health Education England (HEE). This training programme for link workers is just one of them, and a great example of how working together we can continue to make a real difference.
As part of our who’s who series Jane Hartley, health and wellbeing associate for voluntary organisations’ network north east (VONNE) and north east regional social prescribing facilitator, has stepped up to the mic! You can watch Jane’s film here. Jane talks about the social prescribing project and the important role the voluntary and community sectors play in ensuring the wellbeing of our communities.
We were delighted to be invited to attend a meeting of directors of nursing from across the region in November. We received support for our plans to work collaboratively to raise the profile of nursing and midwifery in the North East and North Cumbria by expanding the Find Your Place recruitment campaign which is currently focused on medical trainees. Next year is the international Year of the Nurse and Midwife so there couldn’t be a better time to promote our region as the best place to live, work and train as a nurse or midwife.
At our recent Workforce Strategy and Transformation Board (WSTB) we agreed to take forward some really important areas of work. Some are highlighted in this bulletin and include the go-ahead for system-wide workforce planning.
Just last week our strategic apprenticeship group met for the first time to look at how we can work collaboratively across health and care and share best practice. This is an exciting development for this important part of workforce.
We are delighted that the deputy chief people officer for NHS England/Improvement Professor Em Wilkinson-Brice will be joining us at the next Board meeting. We have received a supportive festive message from Daniel Hartley, regional director of workforce and organisational development for the North East and Yorkshire. You can read that here.
As ever, there’s more to do in 2020.
As we publish this bulletin the Queen’s speech has taken place and has set out the Government’s priorities for health and care following the general election. In January we are expecting publication of the final People Plan which we will be reflected in our local plans moving forward and discussed at our January Board. We will of course share our response to this with you as soon as we can.
At the same time the strategic plan for the ICS is expected to be published in early 2020 – the transformation of our workforce is just one of the many areas reflected in this future vision for how we work together across the North East and North Cumbria.
Our next edition will be out after the new year so feel free to send us any comments about this issue or ideas of what you might like to see included in the future. Please share this bulletin with your colleagues and encourage them to subscribe.
In the meantime, have a great Christmas and a happy new year!
Ken Bremner and Lisa Crichton-Jones
- Ken Bremner is the senior responsible officer for workforce transformation and chief executive of South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust
- Lisa Crichton-Jones is director of workforce transformation for the ICS