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.


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. Read more
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Ken Bremner and Lisa Crichton-Jones

Who’s who

As part of our who’s who series, Jane Hartley, health and wellbeing associate at VONNE and north east regional social prescribing facilitator, shares with us her passion for voluntary and community sectors as well as detailing how they are important players in the health and care workforce. You can watch Jane’s short film here.

Welcome to…
Janice Barclay has recently joined our Great Place to Work Delivery Board helping to ensure the priorities of those with responsibilities for social care throughout local authorities are also represented. Read more

Workforce planning

The WSTB has given the go-ahead to a programme of work to join up workforce planning across health and care in the region. Phase one will focus on three areas - frailty across the North Integrated Care Partnership (ICP), cancer, and learning disabilities and autism. Read more

Preparing our workforce to embrace the digital future

Within 20 years, 90 per cent of all jobs in the NHS will require some element of digital skills. Preparing our workforce for this change is a key part of our plans to transform care across the ICS. A team from our region is taking part in a Yale Global Health Leadership course, funded by NHS Health Education, to support this. Read more

Exclusive opportunity for social prescribing link workers in the North East and North Cumbria

The North East and North Cumbria is one of the first areas in the country to give link workers access to a new accredited level three qualification in social prescribing. The programme is part of a £500,000 investment for workforce related projects across the ICS funded by our partners Health Education England (HEE). Read more

News in brief

Population health leadership programme
More than 50 people from across health and care in the region are taking part in a new population health leadership programme developed in partnership with the King’s Fund and the North East Leadership Academy.

At the first event on 18 December, the North East Commissioning Support Unit and Public Health England shared the work underway to tackle population health challenges across the region. In January, the King’s Fund will start their system leadership development days which will include participants completing ‘placed-based’ projects, supported by a further three facilitated sessions. Each project will be evaluated with learning and impact shared.

For more information contact

New campaign to ease pressure on frontline services
A public awareness campaign has been launched by the North East and North Cumbria Urgent and Emergency Care Network, in a bid to help ease pressure on frontline services over the festivities and throughout the winter period. This is always a very busy time of year for our staff who are all working incredibly hard to safely care for patients in times of unprecedented demand. The regional public awareness campaign includes TV, radio, digital/social media and outdoor advertising to appeal to people across the region to think before they act and to use our valuable NHS resources wisely.

Our region, your future
Every student at every school and college in the North East will have access to world-leading careers guidance as part of a new initiative by our colleagues at the North East Local Enterprise Partnership (North East LEP).

North East Ambition will support schools and colleges to adopt, implement and achieve the good career guidance benchmarks; eight clearly defined benchmarks for high quality careers education that improve students’ transition from school to work by appropriately preparing them for their next stage.

Michelle Rainbow, skills director at the North East LEP, said: “North East Ambition is about making sure every single student in our region can make fully informed decisions about their futures and identify routes into a successful working life.

“We want to create 100,000 more and better jobs by 2024 and improving access to employment or training for our young people is key to making that happen.”

Check out their short film, made by high school pupils to find out about the career opportunities that await them when they leave education. We love it!

Transforming care for people with learning disabilities and challenging behaviours
Northumbria University’s first students have graduated from positive behavioural support programmes.

Positive Behavioural Support (PBS) is an evidence-based approach which is recognised as best practice in supporting people with learning disabilities and behaviours that challenge.

Northumbria University, NHS England North East and North Cumbria and the North East and Cumbria Learning Disability Network, have worked together to adopt a system-wide workforce development approach which focuses on the education of individuals, and developing infrastructure in organisations for positive behavioural support to be enabled in practice. As such, the positive behavioural support approach will become a way of life across health, social and education care in the North East and Cumbria.

Interested in finding out more about programme? Visit here.

Junior doctors showcase our region as fantastic place to train and research
Check out this fab film about why our region is a great place to train and research which was showcased at the National Research Collaboratives Meeting (NRCM 2019) at the Sage Gateshead in December.

The film was developed by some of our medical trainees in partnership with the Find Your Place in the North East and North Cumbria campaign. It was shown at the start of the conference which was opened by Professor Derek Alderson (President of the Royal College of Surgeons) who is also a proud Geordie! You can view the short film here.

For more information contact:

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