Our health and care five year plan made a commitment to develop a system wide workforce plan by early 2020 that is inclusive of all staff from health and social care; to set out how future demand can be achieved via various means such as increasing supply, retention strategies and upskilling the current workforce, supporting new models of care, international recruitment and new role development. It builds on the 2018 workforce strategy ‘A Healthy Place to Live, a Great Place to Work’
The COVID-19 global pandemic has not only impacted on our ability to deliver a system wide plan in this timeframe, but has also raised a new set of workforce challenges which we now need to build into our workforce strategies and priorities in the short, medium and long term.
Health and care five-year plan
A healthy place to live, a great place to work (workforce strategy)
In addition, the NHS People Plan was published by NHS England and Improvement (NHSE/I) in July 2020 and a further refreshed document was issued in March 2021 which sets out the following four pillars:
Whilst the NHS People Plan has set a framework to influence our West Yorkshire People Plan, for our ‘one workforce’ this has also been informed through other important publications such as the Future-Ready Skills Commission, supported by the West Yorkshire Combined Authority, the Skills for Care strategy and the recent Vision for a future workforce strategy published by national Social Care Leaders.
These plans actively inform our People Plan to ensure it provides the co-ordinated commitment to develop an integrated ‘one workforce’ across West Yorkshire for health and care.
Our People Plan has embraced widespread engagement of partners across West Yorkshire in an on-going dialogue, which will continue as this plan is a live approach that develops each day.
The West Yorkshire People Plan recognises the diverse nature of our Partnership and its people, and represents the full range of health and care sectors; including universities, those working in Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) Sector and unpaid carers.
Rotational paramedics across Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust and Primary Care
Rotational trainee nurse associates
Growth in many areas highlighted in 2018
Collaborative approach to international recruitment across the health and care system
Local maternity system approach to recruitment
Mental Health and Wellbeing Hub and Enhanced Occupational Health pilots
Trainee nursing associate -309 Staff in post 2021 (circa 455 learners on programmes)
Physician associate – 94 Staff in post 2021 (circa 90 learners on programmes)
Advanced clinical practitioner (circa 480 trainees)
More than £1.5m workforce development funding for cross systemworkforce development
West Yorkshire Health and Care Workforce Observatory in development
with Yorkshire Universities