Local Health and Care Workforce Groups

Local health and care workforce groups  have been established in North and North East Lincolnshire, Hull and East Riding and York and North Yorkshire.  These service led forums have been established to enable employers from across health and care to attract, recruit, develop and retain the workforce across Humber, Coast and Vale.  Each local group will be addressing workforce needs in their area.  Below you will see what the group are working on across Humber, Coast and Vale, along with news on stakeholder activity. To get involved in any of our work please contact the workforce team

North Lincolnshire, North East Lincolnshire and Goole

Placements Task and Finish Group

This group comprises colleagues from health, care and education in North and North East Lincolnshire. Members are working together to address placement capacity issues acknowledging the need to support increasing numbers of students and new roles as a community.

The group has been unable to meet since February 2020 due to the restrictions and changes to working practice brought about by the Covid19 pandemic. However meetings will resume ‘virtually’ via video link from July 2020 with an additional focus on the impact of Covid19 on placement activity.

Improving the Workplace and Staff Wellbeing

The Workforce Consortium is committed to exploring improvements to the workplace and a focus on staff health and wellbeing as part of an integrated approach to making our area a great place to work. Since the advent of the Covid19 pandemic, Health and Care staff have been faced with changes to their working lives. This inevitably has implications for their mental health and wellbeing.

The following links are sources of free advice and dedicated support for staff in North and North East Lincolnshire in response to the challenges brought about by Covid19:

Public Health Resources for Health and Care Employers in North and North East Lincolnshire

The Workforce Consortium is working with Council public health colleagues to promote health and wellbeing schemes for the staff working in health and care settings across North and North East Lincolnshire. You can find out more below: 

We want to give people Career Confidence in North and North East Lincolnshire!

Northern Lincolnshire and Goole Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust are working in partnership with the Workforce Consortium and other key partners to lead a structured and system-wide approach to school engagement and employability schemes in North and North East Lincolnshire – this programme is Career Confidence. The goal is to encourage more local people to choose a Health and Social Care career; as part of this there will be a focus on empowering young people with the skills and knowledge to choose the right pathway for them into the wide variety of rewarding careers available. This is in recognition of the need to act on the issue of an ageing Health and Care workforce in North and North East Lincolnshire coupled with a growing and ageing patient/service-user population with increasingly complex needs. As the project is fundamentally reliant on engagement with schools and young people, the group is currently evaluating ways in which to deliver Career Confidence in light of social changes brought about by Covid19.

Hull and East Riding

Outstanding Employer Practice

The Workforce Consortium is working with health and care employers to develop a Framework of Outstanding Employer Practice. Using national, regional and local examples as well as case studies of innovative practice, this framework will support employers recruitment and retention plans.

Seminars for Registered Managers

We are delivering a series of seminars to support Registered Managers, Deputies and Aspiring Managers in Hull and East Riding. Topics for the seminars have been suggested by local care sector providers and will be themed around, personal development, team development and service development. 

Rotational Apprenticeships

In Hull and East Riding, care providers including East Riding of Yorkshire Council and larger independent care providers have agreed to employ rotational apprentices. Hull University Teaching Hospitals will provide the health placements for this first cohort of apprentices which will start the programme in January 2020. An evaluation of the project benefits for both apprentices and employers will provide evidence to determine the future growth of the programme across Humber Coast and Vale.

York and North Yorkshire

Increasing Supply Task and Finish Groups

Two task and finish groups have been established in Scarborough and York to consider initiatives to increase supply. The Scarborough group have recently delivered the first ‘Could You Care? health and social care recruitment event for local school pupils as well as the general public. The group are continuing to work together to establish this as an annual event. The York group have focused on mapping events already in place and collaborating to ensure representation as well as producing localised information to promote the sector.

Developing the Workforce

In the York and North Yorkshire area we are benchmarking existing development and support opportunities in order to share good practice.  Our aim is to  strengthen local information and routes into health and social care with a local career pathway for new and existing staff.

Developing the Workplace

Work is ongoing to look at Organisational Development policies including recruitment and retention initiatives and non-pay benefits to see how these can be adopted sector wide in York and North Yorkhire.

Humber, Coast and Vale Wide