It would not be possible to deliver health and care services for our communities without the dedicated and skilled workforce we have.

Rob Walsh - Strategic Workforce Board Chair

As many of you are aware, it would not be possible to deliver health and care services to our communities without the dedicated and skilled workforce we have; so thank you for all your hard work. However, many of you know that having the right level of workforce available with the right skills to deliver the services across health and care is also a significant challenge that we face. This is why health and care organisations plus other partners such as the Universities and Local Enterprise Partnership across Humber, Coast and Vale have agreed to come together to develop a workforce plan.

I have had the pleasure recently to meet a number of people working on this agenda through one of two workshops we held recently (which have been held with a wide range of representatives from organisations across the region). We worked together to understand the issues, share good practice, appreciate the good work that is already happening in terms of addressing our workforce challenges and also generating great ideas for how we tackle these in the future.

There is a lot we can do and targeting this will be difficult. The intention is that the plan will cover actions that can have an impact in 12-18 months’ time such as collaborating on recruitment  and providing apprenticeships and new roles that enable people to experience different areas of health and care, as well as those that will have impact in 5 or more years such as training more doctors. I want to ensure we take a genuine collaborative approach to the development of the plan and consideration needs to be given to where we are going to make the most impact around developing and retaining our existing workforce and increasing the future supply, which are emerging as the two main priorities. If you have any ideas you would like to share then please let us know.

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