The support in training and development of our Bands 1-4 Workforce has been identified as a core objective in the NHS Health Education England Mandate (April 2013 to March 2015) and is also recognised as a key priority for HEE and its Local Education and Training Boards (LETB’s).
Our staff in bands 1-4 make up around 40 per cent of the NHS’s 1.3 million workforce and is responsible for an estimated 60 per cent of direct patient contact. However, this group receives only around 5 per cent of the whole training budget.
There are three strands of work aiming to improve healthcare by developing the training and career options for our staff in bands 1-4 positions which we will be concentrating on:
1. A bands 1-4 national strategy – “The Talent for Care”
We are developing a national strategy for our bands1-4 workforce, also taking into account those people who are not yet employed by the NHS but may be encouraged to consider careers within the health service.
2. Mandate Deliverables
These are the specific outputs we wish to achieve:
The project is also specifically responsible for three of the 18 Cavendish recommendations, those focused on Progression, which will be achieved as these map very closely with two of our deliverables. The Cavendish recommendation around a Certificate of Fundamental Care falls to our Chief Nurse, Lisa Bayliss-Pratt but we understand the close links between this and our project work.
3. A Campaign for Change
Supporting the standard actions of engagement through workplace and education networks, we propose to mobilise the bands1-4 workforce to help promote discussion and development at local level.
The project is expected to take around 18 months to complete, leaving a legacy and best practice for the NHS to adopt. The SRO for the project is Stephen Welfare and is being led by his team in Health Education East of England.
For more information about this project, please contact Emma Wakelin, Deputy Programme Manager.
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