The health group bringing a host of economic benefits
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: email@example.com
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.