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Attracting and developing our workforce

It’s important that we attract people to the healthcare workforce to ensure that we have the right number of people, with the right skills, delivering healthcare at the right time, in the right place.

Our work also covers healthcare staff currently employed to ensure they continuously have the skills, competencies and behaviours to work in the NHS. We are currently working on a number of projects locally and nationally to ensure we attract and develop flexible, competent staff, who hold the NHS values at heart.

The regulators also have an important part to play in this, as do providers who are ultimately responsible for employing, maintaining and developing their staff and the quality of care they provide.

Health visiting

Health Visitors aim to promote good health and prevent illness by offering practical help and advice, usually supporting new parents and pre-school children.

Health visiting

Pharmacy

The Pharmacy Workforce North West team supports pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, pharmacy students, pre-registration trainee pharmacists and pharmacy technicians, medicine counter assistants, pharmacy assistants and other support staff working in all sectors of pharmacy across the North West.

Pharmacy

Psychological professions

The North West Psychological Professions Network is a multi-professional network that’s brings together all psychological practitioners, including clinical psychologists, psychological therapists, counsellors and psychological wellbeing practitioners.  They work for NHS commissioned services in the North West to promote clinical excellence and inform education, training and workforce planning.

Psychological professions

Public health

The public health workforce team are a satellite workforce education and development team of Health Education England, working in the North West.

Public health

Scientific careers

The North West Healthcare Science Network is a professional network created to promote, support, develop and represent the healthcare science workforce of over 7000 scientists in the North West.

Scientific careers

Workforce Transformation

In January 2014, we established a dedicated workforce transformation function called the Workforce Modernisation Hub. Now called the Workforce Transformation Team they support whole system service transformation, their primary purpose is to develop a workforce responsive to changes in care, now and in the future.

Workforce Transformation

Enhanced Training Practices

Enhanced Training Practices are an exciting initiative, funded by Health Education England, to develop placements for inter-professional healthcare students in Primary Care across the North West. As outlined in point 3 of Building the Workforce - the New Deal for General Practice, these hubs or networks will enable groups of GP practices to offer inter-professional training to primary care staff, extending the skills base within general practice and develop a workforce which can meet the challenge of new ways of working.

Enhanced Training Practices