National Bands 1-4 Project

Formal consultation of our Strategy, The Talent for Care, will run from 1 January 2014 – the end of March 2014. We continue to welcome engagement from all stakeholders. For more information please see the Consultation tab on this page.


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

We have recently undertaken a consultation to develop a national strategy for this section of our workforce, entitled “The Talent for Care”. This strategy will be for both clinical and non clinical members; taking into account those people who are not yet employed by the NHS but may be encouraged to consider careers within the health service.

“Delivering high quality, effective, compassionate care: Developing the right people with the right skills and the right vales” a mandate from the Government to Health Education England has focused some elements of the strategy:

  • Ensure that a plan and implementation programme is introduced that supports progression of Healthcare Assistants into nursing.
  • Establish a robust baseline of the number of support workers entering professional training in 2013 and achieve a significant improvement against the baseline in 2014.
  • Establish minimum training standards for Health Care Assistants to reflect increasing levels of seniority.
  • Establish a robust baseline of Healthcare Assistant training standards in 2013 and achieve a significant improvement against the baseline in 2014/15.
  • Increase the numbers of healthcare apprentices.

The project is closely aligned to the recommendations of the Cavendish report, specifically those focused on Progression. 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.

We also recognise the importance of engagement through workplace and education networks, and as such propose to mobilise the bands1-4 workforce to help promote discussion and development at local level in a campaign for change.

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 Vanessa Convey (, Project Manager.

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