At a recent workforce summit a number of important areas were discussed. It was great to see statutory and mandatory training discussed along with a working group that is already looking at a process to standardise and share the delivery. This would take the form of a scheme that delivers the training across the STP. The plan is to roll it out eventually to include local authorities and Nursing homes. There is also a plan to share specialised training programmes and create opportunities for face to face training rather than just e-learning.
A pre-employment checks system will be developed for sharing between organisations to prevent duplication and there are also plans for a shared bank across the STP to decrease agency use and also for a reduction in management consultancy use.
Other issues that were discussed included, improvement in career progression to allow staff development opportunities and options to move within HIOW and try other areas of work such as internal transfers. There is a desire to make working within HIOW more attractive to improve retention and include more flexibility for staff and improve mangers’ training.
The RCN has an all-important seat as part of the staff forum along with other unions and local reps. At our first meeting, the workforce transformation team took the group through their plan which included a scoping of the current workforce, looking at new roles and how they would fit in, service redesign and moving activity into the community, portability of statutory and mandatory training, consistency of notice periods, consistency of golden handshakes, onboarding and why people leave. This will be an important group as the STP moves forward and it is great that we are able to help shape these conversations at an early stage.