In addition, the RCN has been key in getting a staff side group established at an early stage for this STP area so I also attend those meetings on a regular basis. This forms an important part of our work to defend jobs and working terms and conditions in the health and social care sectors.
The LWAB is made up of a combination of employer representatives from all sectors as well as commissioning bodies (CCGs). We have had a seat in this group for about six months and we have been attending meetings regularly.
An overriding question for the LWAB in this area is how to attract experienced and skilled clinical and healthcare staff to the Humber, Coast and Vale area and how to keep them there once they are in post. Geographically the HCV region is fighting to retain staff against some of the bigger and better known cities and hospitals such as Leeds and Sheffield. A key aim for our LWAB is to strengthen its voice for workforce planning to ensure this historic local issue is addressed as any new ways of working and partnerships are devised.
Among suggestions to improve this situation are some really positive ideas to increase mentoring and supervision for new recruits, but not surprisingly there are some justifiable doubts over current staff capacity for providing an augmented level of support and development.
All the employers involved are liaising with Hull and York Medical School which is based at the Hull and York hospitals, in order to establish how to bring these ideas to fruition.
As part of a new excellence centre there will be a central jobs hub that will bring together posts currently advertised through NHS jobs or local authority websites and the hub will also offer space for sharing best practice, training schedules and details of apprenticeship programmes.
It is really useful to be able to meet with this group and get fully involved in discussions around what will encourage people into jobs in the region and to stay in those jobs.
I’m now looking forward to opportunities for further discussions around what services can and must be provided and where they should be located for the best and most appropriate and safe patient care.