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Learning Matters - North West Health and Care Awards 2017


Warren Escadale CEO Voluntary Sector North West makes a special plea today to all healthcare organisations to make sure they beat the Learning Matters awards deadline and nominate now! He adds, ’We are all expectantly counting down the days as the Learning Matters awards deadline approaches at 12 noon on 10 April. We know your nominations will, as always, help to start to capture the value that real people add to healthcare systems and equally support a better understanding the nature of the contribution people make to better health care, whether these people are delivering care first hand or equally importantly essential support services. But first we need you to tell us how through the range and diversity of nominations you make. We are ready to hear your stories because they all count.’

Gaye Jackson Head of CPD at Health Education England working across the North West said, ’We are looking for nominations for people at any stage in their career with health and care and in any role, including volunteers, patients and carers because everyone can make a difference. We are also looking to tell a story about NHS contributions to social mobility through widening participation in healthcare education so we are especially keen to hear about initiatives which have supported a diversity of people into the NHS. It really helps to hear about people’s experiences on the ground of work experience schemes, veteran transition initiatives and pre-employment support for disadvantaged groups too. But equally we would like to hear about how colleagues support each other’s learning too. It all adds up.’

Sam Popper Policy and Development Officer at VSNW states, ‘In brief, the Learning Matters Awards in Health and Care 2017 consist of 5 individual award categories for:

Apprentice of the Year award

Career Progression award

Supporting Learners award

Widening Participation award

Volunteer of the Year award

And thematically focused project award nominations designed to be very open. We are looking for nominations linked to a broad range of themes, which are about reflecting regional innovation and ingenuity in healthcare. We want to hear about all kinds of projects where project learning is shared and this impacts positively to improve the experience of and effectiveness of healthcare services in the region. More details are again available in the Guidance Notes https://www.vsnw.org.uk/nw-health-awards-2017 But don’t forget the deadline for nominations is 10 April at 12 noon.’

Voluntary Sector North West(VSNW)  is managing the Learning Matters nomination process this year so all the key information related to nominating is on their website. For short descriptions of all award categories and top tips simply go to the Guidance Notes here https://www.vsnw.org.uk/nw-health-awards-2017  and all the nomination forms are here too.

The Health Education England(HEE) Learning Matters webpages contain information on the wider learning campaign and details of FREE courses to encourage and support learning in healthcare: https://hee.nhs.uk/hee-your-area/north-west/our-work/research-innovation/adult-learners-week-awards/learning-matters-north-west-health-care-awards-2017 HEE are managing the award judging process on behalf of all campaign partners and sponsors.

Voluntary Sector North West (VSNW) is proud to lead the Learning Matters 2017, cross-sector award scheme and regional learning campaign. Developed in partnership with Health Education England working across the North West, this joint campaign recognises the contribution that adult learning makes to individual, community and economic wellbeing as well as the continued development of the health and care sector. Through partnership working Learning Matters will emphasise the importance of developing and harnessing all talent. It will highlight the role and value of innovation. It will underpin a commitment to engage with and learn from patients, carers and the public. It will highlight what can be done to enable the health and care system to support people to have the knowledge, skills and confidence to play an active role in managing their own health and showcase how to work effectively with communities and their assets. Above all else it will demonstrate a commitment to driving learning to promote social mobility and reduce health inequality.

Learning Matters, launched on 3 February and nominations are now open until 12 noon on 10 April. For further information and details of how to nominate see: https://www.vsnw.org.uk/nw-health-awards-2017

Singing in the City 3

16 July 12.30-3.30pm

Royal Exchange Theatre Manchester

On Sunday 16 July the Manchester Royal Exchange Theatre’s famous Great Hall will be filled with song and a FREE singing and wellbeing extravaganza. Singing in the City 2017 is back for a third year and continues to be a key element of the Learning Matters learning campaign. The Singing in the City programme is been designed for health and care staff, patients, carers and the public to encourage greater engagement with health and wellbeing. The 2017 event brings together a multitude of NHS workplace and community choirs to showcase their work to each other and the public in order to encourage new people to get involved in singing.

Singing in the City will consist of fourteen fabulous and uplifting performances featuring everything from classic old favourites, to rock anthems, world music and pop legends. Choirs will be drawn from communities and workplaces from across the North West. If you have a community or workplace choir which would like to get involved contact: Jo at email: nwadultlearningconsortium@gmail.com or telephone: 07708 428096.

As part of a broader Learning Matters campaign we are sharing a free training opportunity to encourage greater cross sector working. Health Education England has funded a unique national pilot Connect 5 ‘Train the Trainer’ Programme working with Public Health England and the Royal Society for Public Health.

Connect 5 is a mental health promotion training programme designed to increase the confidence and core skills of front line staff so that they can be more effective in having conversations about mental health and wellbeing, help people to manage mental health problems and increase their resilience and mental wellbeing through positive changes.

The Connect 5 ‘Train the Trainer’ Programme is a five day training programme for new Connect 5 Mental Health Awareness Champions who will graduate to deliver training within their own areas, supported by the membership a new community of practice, to be developed in collaboration with the Royal Society of Public Health and the North West Psychological Professions Network.

Who is it suitable for?

Staff working in:

Primary Care

Allied Health Professions

Justice and Rehabilitation

Social Care


Social Enterprise and Third Sector

Pastoral, Further and Higher Education Support Services

The Offer: 25 funded Connect 5 ‘Train the Trainer’ places are available to staff working in community, health & social care settings in each of the nine PHE centre areas across England, in collaboration with HEE local areas.

Training Delivery Dates for the North West of England (*attendance will be required for all 4.5 days of training):

21/03/2017, from 9:30am - 1:30pm

22/03/2017, from 9:30am - 4:30pm

23/03/2017, from 9:30am - 4:30pm

30/03/2017, from 9:30am - 4:30pm

31/03/2017, from 9:30am - 4:30pm

Venue: LGBT Foundation, 5 Richmond Street, Manchester, M1 3HF (3rd floor Conference Room)

Please be aware there are only a limited number of places available and it is anticipated that demand will be high, so you are advised to register at the earliest opportunity. Registration closes at 5:00pm on Tuesday 7th March 2017 but may close earlier should all available places be filled.

For more information about the programme and to register for a place please visit the event page.


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