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’s clear from the progress we made throughout 2019 that we’ve much to be proud of across our region and as you know, we always like to be ahead of the game in the North East and North Cumbria. We have been determined to hit the ground running in 2020 and we’re pleased to be able to share lots of news with you so early in the year. Read more
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Ken Bremner and Lisa Crichton-Jones

Who’s who

As part of our who’s who series Jo Bodsworth, talent management development lead, has stepped up to the mic!
Jo talks about her excitement about joining the workforce programme and how her experience as a paramedic, mixed with her time as a university lecturer, puts her in good stead to help grow and develop our workforce across the region. Read more

New workforce planning network launched

In our last update, we brought you the news that the WSTB gave the go-ahead to join up workforce planning across health and care in the region.
As part of this, a workforce design and planning network is being launched to share expertise and develop capacity in the workforce planning field. Read more

Major boost for training and development in primary care

The WSTB has approved £1.7million funding for the development of primary care training hubs across the North East and North Cumbria.
The training hubs will bring together education and training in primary and community care to help attract, recruit and retain staff and develop a sustainable workforce. Read more

Region ‘looks beyond’ for national apprenticeship week

National Apprenticeship Week 2020 took place last week, with events taking place across the region to celebrate diversity in apprenticeships and the benefits they bring to our organisations.
Take a look at some of the highlights from across the region as we celebrated our apprentices and the work they do. Read more

News in brief

Primary care network event
An ICS primary care network event was held on the 28 January. The event provided an opportunity for ICS leaders to talk to primary care network clinical directors about the development of the networks, their importance in the ICS and working together moving forward. Chief executives and accountable officers were present on the evening. The ICS workforce team held a workforce breakout session, which was run jointly with HEE. We are awaiting the write up of the evening and discussions regarding next steps.

International Year of the Nurse and Midwife
2020 marks International Year of the Nurse and Midwife, coinciding with the 200th anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale.
This is our time to reflect on the skills, the commitment and expert clinical care each profession brings, and the impact they have on the lives of so many.
You can check out the website for more information and resources. Stories are being gathered to share the inspirational stories of nurses and midwives from all over the country. Please spread the word by asking nurses and midwives to share their stories using the template on the website.
Each region will be holding events to celebrate what’s going on in their area. Our event is taking place on Wednesday 29 April at York Racecourse. Our regional NHS find your place team will showcase its new nursing campaign at the event, promoting the region as a great place to live, train and work.
Nominations open for 2020 HEAT awards
The HEAT (healthcare education and training) awards celebrate the importance of education, training, leadership and workforce development play in delivering high-quality, safe and compassionate healthcare across the NHS in England.
Health Education England are pleased to launch these awards for a second year. Nominations are now open and you can find out more about the awards and access the nomination portal at
Nominations will close on 27 March, with finalists announced in May and with the ceremony being held on 9 July. Nominate someone today and join the conversation at #2020HEATAwards.
Are you under 25 or close to retirement? Tell us what a great place to work looks like for you!
Our region’s trade union representatives are working alongside senior human resource (HR) leaders to explore what being a great place to work looks like for people under 25 and those close to retirement by inviting people to complete a five-minute survey.
Information from the survey will be used to inform workforce priorities moving forward.
Please share the survey widely – and complete it yourself if you’re lucky enough to either be a young worker or are planning to retire in the near future!

Triumvirate programme for teams in primary care and practice managers programme
Applications are now open for the second cohort of North East Leadership Academy’s (NELA) Triumvirate programme and tiers two and three of their practice managers programme.
This programme offers an original approach to enable multi-professional teams to learn and work together to become a collaborative team of change agents delivering positive impacts for the individual, team, practice and wider locality.
More information is available on the NELA website.
Practice managers
This programme will help practice managers enhance their understanding of leadership behaviours, knowledge, skills and provide an opportunity to share good practice. It will equip practice managers to champion and lead change/service improvement in their workplace by developing an understanding of service improvement methods and delivery of a work-based service improvement project.
More information is available on the NELA website.
In other news…
  • Check out NHS England’s chief people officer’s latest update here in the Our People Plan bulletin
  • See the latest news and offers from our regional Health Education team

For more information contact:

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