Across the North East and North Cumbria we are working together to build the workforce we need for the future so we can improve the health of our communities. This bulletin provides information for everyone working in health and care about plans to grow our workforce, support and develop leaders at all levels and be the best place to work. This programme is one of the six priority areas for the Integrated Care System (ICS). You can find out more by visiting or joining us on social media.


It was great to see standing room only at our recent Workforce Transformation and Strategy Board meeting – a clear demonstration of the commitment we have from our colleagues to work together across the region.

With this in mind we would like to start by saying a huge thank you to everyone who has been involved so far in our plans to become an ICS, from board level to front line teams across both health and care.
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Ken Bremner and Lisa Crichton-Jones

Who’s who

As part of our who’s who series, service director for adult social care at Gateshead Council, Stephanie Downey, steps up to the mic and shares her views on the importance of joining up health and care, her role within the workforce and digital workstreams, and why she is positive about the future.

Welcome to…
Catherine Withington is our workforce transformation programme manager and is responsible for programme management and reporting as part our assurances to the Workforce Transformation and Strategy Board. Read more

£500,000 investment for strategic workforce projects in our region

Seven innovative projects from across the ICS priority areas have been awarded funding from our partners Health Education England (HEE) to drive forward workforce initiatives focused on prevention, improving population health and healthy life expectancy. Read more

Testing our readiness

Our region was chosen, along with seven other ICS areas, to test the national draft workforce development and readiness tool. We’ve now received feedback and recommendations and are starting to discuss these with the workforce board and chief executives across the patch. Read more

Leaders of the future

The NHS graduate management trainee scheme has been expanded with 500 places now on offer. A campaign has been launched to encourage people to apply - with a renewed focus on increasing diversity among leaders and enabling greater access to the scheme to existing NHS staff. Applications for September 2020 intake close on Wednesday 18 December. Read more

£40,000 boost to support volunteering across the region

Helpforce is supporting NHS England on a new programme to embed volunteering within the plans for integrated health and care. ICSs were invited to bid for funding and we are delighted that our bid has been successful and we’ve been awarded £40,000 to take forward our proposal. Read more

News in brief

Leadership academy publishes annual report: The NHS North East Leadership Academy (NELA) annual report for 2018/19 highlights the depth and breadth of development opportunities available for staff in the North East and North Cumbria. There are also several videos embedded in the report which share first hand experience of participants. The report can be viewed and downloaded on the NHS North East Leadership Academy website.

When you care, every day makes a difference: We are supporting the Department of Health and Social Care’s (DHSC) national recruitment campaign - when you care, every day makes a difference - to encourage more people to work in adult social care. Please do what you can to promote this campaign across your own organisations. You can access resources here.

Primary care workforce board: A primary care workforce board is being established and will be chaired by Rob Carter (associate director for recruitment and speciality training, HEE) and Jonathan Slade (deputy medical director NHS England and NHS Improvement). This follows our recent board meeting where we received an update on the primary care workforce from Tracey Johnson (head of primary care NHS England and NHS Improvement) and Rob Carter.

Coming soon … our library of good stuff: We are starting to build our own library of good practice across the region so we can learn from each other and scale up some of our brightest workforce ideas! Send your good stuff to

For more information contact:

Workforce programme transformation lead, Amanda Venner
Director of workforce transformation, Lisa Crichton-Jones