The health group bring­ing a host of eco­nomic ben­e­fits

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THE ES­TAB­LISH­MENT of the Hum­ber LEP Health Group fol­lowed agree­ment at the ini­tial LEP board meet­ing, with re­spon­si­bil­ity for ac­tion sit­ting with the LEP em­ploy­ment and skills board.

The Hum­ber LEP Health and So­cial Care Group brings to­gether rep­re­sen­ta­tives from a va­ri­ety of ed­u­ca­tion, skills and em­ploy­ers from across the health and so­cial care sec­tor. The mem­bers work col­lab­o­ra­tively to iden­tify the cur­rent and fu­ture skills gap within health and so­cial care while also cre­at­ing innovative lo­cal so­lu­tions to address them.

Due to the com­mon­al­i­ties of ac­tiv­i­ties to at­tract, re­cruit, de­velop and re­tain sup­port staff within health and so­cial care, the group is also work­ing with the Hum­ber Coast and Vale (HCV) Sus­tain­able and Trans­for­ma­tional Part­ner­ship (STP), Lo­cal Work­force Ac­tion Board (LWAB) to de­velop the fol­low­ing work­force strands of ac­tiv­ity:

De­velop a HCV in­te­grated health and so­cial care ap­pren­tice­ship pro­gramme

De­velop a ca­reer frame­work for HCV em­ploy­ers

Max­imis­ing HCV ac­cess to the ap­pren­tice­ship levy to ben­e­fit the lo­cal work­force.

The group mem­bers’ ex­per­tise en­ables them to work to­gether to iden­tify best prac­tice ini­tia­tives on a re­gional and na­tional ba­sis and to build on them ac­cord­ingly. These in­clude a re­cent DWP NHS Jobs Cam­paign where DWP worked closely with NHS trusts to de­velop an ini­tia­tive to re­cruit to their work­force.

Fur­ther­more ‘This Abil­ity’ events have been fa­cil­i­tated across the Hum­ber in re­sponse to the Gov­ern­ment’s Dis­abil­ity Con­fi­dence Cam­paign. This Abil­ity pro­motes the ben­e­fits of fo­cus­ing on an in­di­vid­ual’s tal­ents and re­cruit­ing peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties, whilst also en­cour­ag­ing em­ploy­ers to be­come Dis­abil­ity Con­fi­dent.

Af­ter an ini­tial em­ployer en­gage­ment event held in Hull to over 150 par­tic­i­pants, a sec­ond event was or­gan­ised in North East Lin­colnshire. A fur­ther event has since been planned for North Lin­colnshire in Oc­to­ber, re­veal­ing the suc­cess and sup­port for this ini­tia­tive.

The key to the suc­cess of the Hum­ber LEP Health and So­cial Care Group is the shared vi­sion, val­ues and com­mit­ment of mem­bers from ed­u­ca­tion, skills and em­ployer back­grounds. It is these part­ner­ships which con­tinue to sup­port the health and so­cial care sec­tor to de­velop their work­force and to rise to chal­lenge of new ways of work­ing.

In such a pe­riod of change and op­por­tu­nity for the sec­tor, the sup­port of the Hum­ber LEP in recog­nis­ing the im­por­tance of col­lab­o­ra­tion and lead­er­ship to achieve sus­tain­able out­comes is much wel­comed.

Since its in­cep­tion the Hum­ber LEP Health and So­cial Care Group has achieved many suc­cesses in at­tract­ing, re­cruit­ing and re­tain­ing peo­ple within the health and so­cial care sec­tor. Ac­tiv­i­ties linked to the group have also been high­lighted within the HCV STP Work­force Re­port, pub­lished June 2017, as key foun­da­tions in achiev­ing the STP’s aim of in­creas­ing the num­ber of sup­port staff.

Ex­am­ples of these suc­cesses are the ac­knowl­edg­ment of best prac­tice em­ploy­a­bil­ity mod­els such as the multi award­win­ning Care Plus Em­ploy­a­bil­ity Ser­vices path­way model of ini­tia­tives, Kingston upon Hull City Council work place­ment scheme for schools and events such as re­cruit­ment fairs and A Day in the Life. To­gether, these strengthen the work and rep­u­ta­tion of the group to sup­port the HCV STP LWAB sup­port staff steer­ing group aims, as well as other health and so­cial care skills and em­ploy­a­bil­ity strate­gies.

On­go­ing, the group is fo­cused on fur­ther in­creas­ing en­gage­ment with schools, em­ploy­ers and train­ing fa­cil­i­ties, in par­tic­u­lar to re­cruit tal­ent from all walks of life, ad­di­tion­ally men­tor­ing and rais­ing aware­ness for oc­cu­pa­tions in the health and so­cial care sec­tor.

The group has strong vis­i­ble lead­er­ship from both the Hum­ber LEP and the health and so­cial care sec­tor. The threat of los­ing re­sources to an­other or­gan­i­sa­tion de­liv­er­ing sim­i­lar ser­vices was par­tic­u­larly preva­lent.

How­ever, ac­tiv­i­ties such as the map­ping ex­er­cise led to a de­vel­op­ing cul­ture change amongst part­ners and new and im­proved part­ner­ships have formed, re­sult­ing in much more aligned think­ing and more trac­tion gained. The chair of the health group con­tin­ues to be mind­ful of such bar­ri­ers and in­ter­venes as nec­es­sary to address them ac­cord­ingly.

Con­tact Sharon Stead, chair of Hum­ber LEP Health and So­cial Care Group:

PAVING THE WAY: The Health and So­cial Care Group is fo­cused on fur­ther increasing en­gage­ment with schools, em­ploy­ers and train­ing fa­cil­i­ties in the Hum­ber re­gion.

SHARON STEAD: The Hum­ber LEP Health and So­cial Care Group has achieved many suc­cesses.

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