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Development projects

To help deliver our annual investment plan we undertake a range of development projects that will help us to achieve our key objectives.


The Health Education England's Annual Business Plan 2015/16 for the south west sets out the investments agreed to support the priorities and work identified by the membership for 2015/16 and was approved by the Governing Body in March 2015.

The plan requires a programme of activities to be set up and managed to deliver the workforce development priorities.

The workforce development projects are summarised below. For more information on any of the projects, please contact PMO.ProjectTeam@southwest.hee.nhs.uk, Health Education England's programme management office for the south west.

  • Frail elderly including those with dementia/older people with complex needs/end of life care – areas of care with overlapping skills requirements. 14 joint or partnership projects are being supported during 2015/16 which are being delivered by providers and/or commissioners of health and/or social care acting on behalf of their communities;
  • Health visitor retention – as additional support to the health visitor workforce expansion targets set by the Government, we are supporting the local health visitor workforce working with communities of rractice, employers and NHS England teams across the south west;
  • Integrated health and social care – as a significant area for the future of care, we are working with partners across the south west to help develop a shared vision of Integration across health communities; where possible support the work of the two Pioneers sites and work with members to support this key development;
  • Mental health and learning disability development – disseminate learning disability awareness raising resources for the health and care workforce, roll out the national learning disability skills and competency framework;
  • National dementia project – plans are being developed to ensure access to appropriate tier two dementia training for staff working regularly with people affected by dementia. This includes the identification, sharing and supporting examples of good practice;
  • Paramedic conversion training – to support the short term increase of capacity in paramedics;
  • Patient safety – we are working together with the two Academic Health Science Networks to support the patient safety agenda across the south west. The projects are making excellent progress and a project completion report will be published by the end of the year;
  • Public health workforce development – supporting the work of Public Health England in the south west through the Public Health Workforce Development Group;
  • Simulation and human factors – delivering significant investment in simulation, human factors and technology based developments. This links to our patient safety work with the AHSNs;
  • Workforce planning skills development – increasing the ability of our members in the south west to enhance workforce intelligence and workforce demand processes.

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