Today Health Education England (HEE) has published Facing the Facts, Shaping the Future – a health and care workforce strategy for England to 2027. Attached you will find our on the day briefing summarising the key announcements.
This is a draft version of the workforce strategy and is now open for consultation until Friday 23 March 2018. Regional meetings and webinars will be offered by HEE among other ways to contribute. We will submit a formal response and will engage with you on this in the New Year. The final version of the strategy will then be published in July 2018.
In the meantime, if you have any initial views on the draft strategy or on the questions that HEE plans to consult on, please do get in touch as we would be very happy to receive your input. To share your views please contact Paul Myatt, policy advisor (workforce) Paul.Myatt@nhsproviders.org. Alternatively you can respond directly to: consultation.hee.nhs.uk.
Health Education England has unveiled its plan to ensure the NHS can recruit, train and retain the necessary staff to deliver improvements for people affected by cancer over the next three years.
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The Department of Health is currently running a 12-week consultation which will result in the biggest reform of the professional regulatory system across health and social care.
The proposals in the consultation Promoting professionalism, reforming regulation could affect how employers determine the suitability and fitness to practise of healthcare professionals in their workforce.
The proposals which will impact employers include:
It is important that this consultation helps develop a modern system of healthcare regulation which can meet the demands of a rapidly changing health and social care landscape.
NHS Employers will be preparing a collective response to the consultation on behalf of employers. If you would like your feedback to be considered for inclusion in our response, you can respond in either of the following ways:
We would be interested to hear your views on what works in the current system, what are the challenges and whether the proposals outlined in the consultation paper will address some of these issues. If not, what other considerations do you think should be taken into account?
We would also urge employers to provide feedback directly to the Department of Health by 23 January 2018.
A new national framework that sets out and defines the role of advanced clinical practitioners (ACPs) has been launched by Health Education England (HEE), in partnership with NHS Improvement and NHS England.
Drawing on existing practice, the new framework has been developed to ensure that there is consistency about what advanced level practice is. It includes the requirements for entry into the role, and defines the core capabilities with a recommended standard of education. This not only gives clarity to current and future ACPs, but also for other healthcare staff, employers and patients.
ACPs support existing and more established roles within multi-professional teams, and can help to provide and improve clinical continuity and access to high-quality care for patients. HEE expect the new resource will help to transform and promote team working across traditional professional boundaries and support the delivery of high quality healthcare for local people.
The National Framework for Multi-Professional Advanced Clinical Practice is available to download.
You can read more about Advanced Clinical Practice on our website.
HEE's workforce Star tool was launched at the Health and Care Innovation Expo 2017. The tool helps provide a simple framework to guide local conversations and help systems define their workforce transformation requirements. It is also a 'go to' directory of workforce transformation solutions including tools, training materials and case studies.
Details have been released by Health Education England (HEE) regarding the arrangements for funding additional clinical placements in nursing, midwifery and allied health pre-registration education.
Following a government announcement in which it committed to fund an additional 10,000 clinical placements by 2020, HEE has now written to higher education institutions with the detail of how the money will be allocated.
The placements will give universities flexibility to deliver extra places for students across a range of roles and includes an additional 1,500 places for courses starting from 1 August 2017.
For more details about the announcement, please visit HEE
Health Education England (HEE) has launched a new report looking at the mental health workforce plan for England Stepping Forward to 2020/21: the mental health workforce plan for England.
This report has been developed to support the delivery of the Five Year Forward View for mental health, which sets out the improvements needed in mental health services by 2020/21.
Stepping Forward to 2020/21: the mental health workforce plan for England sets out a high level road map and reflects the additional staff required to deliver this transformation. It provides a summary of the shape of the current workforce, including vacancy rates, recommendations for mental health providers in thinking about their workforce pipeline, and recommendations for arm’s length bodies and the wider NHS to identify the best skill mix to deliver evidence-based care in the optimal way. Broadening the traditional workforce and using a comprehensive skills mix will enable the NHS to fulfill the plan and the wider strategy.
The report shows how nurses, occupational therapists, psychiatrists, peer support workers and other professionals can help deliver the care needed. It highlights that the NHS will establish 21,000 posts and hire 19,000 additional members of staff by 2020. 11,000 of these will be from the traditional pools of professionally regulated staff. In addition, there will be 8,000 people recruited into new roles such as peer support workers, personal wellbeing practitioners, call handlers, or nursing associates.
This report follows the same ambitions as the recent report by the Nuffield Trust, Reshaping the workforce to deliver the care patients need, commissioned by NHS Employers, which emphasised the value of and the need for new and extended roles in the NHS workforce.
Learn more about the report on the HEE website.
You can find good practice and more information about reshaping the workforce on our new reshaping the non-medical workforce webpages.
NMC agrees to regulate new nursing associate role
The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) has formally agreed to a request from the Department of Health to be the regulator for the new nursing associate role.
Jackie Smith, NMC Chief Executive and Registrar of the NMC said: “After a thoughtful and thorough discussion, the NMC’s Council has agreed to a request from the Department of Health to be the regulator for the new nursing associate role.
“The Council recognised that there is strong support for the regulation of nursing associates and I have always maintained that the public would expect any role with nursing in the title to be regulated."
“As an organisation we are well-equipped to regulate nursing associates and this is a positive endorsement of our progress. We will continue to work closely with stakeholders including the Department of Health and Health Education England to ensure the successful development and implementation of this new role.”
Health Minister Philip Dunne said: “Robust professional regulation is important, so patients can continue to be confident they are receiving high quality care and I am delighted with today’s decision by the Nursing and Midwifery Council.
“The introduction of the Nursing Associate role is key to strengthening the future NHS workforce and we look forward to working with them and other key stakeholders to ensure that appropriate safeguards are put in place for this new profession.”
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