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Black Country LETC

Black Country LETC Information and Resources


Black Country LETC Chair - Paula Clark

Paula joined The Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust as Chief Executive on 1st October 2009 from Burton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. During her four years as Chief Executive of Burton Hospitals, she led the trust through turn-round and on to Foundation Trust status in 2008. Paula has worked in the NHS for the past 21 years, with 15 years at Chief Executive level.

Her career in the NHS has spanned a wide range of sectors, including Chief Executive of Erewash Primary Care Trust and senior roles at Southern Derbyshire Health Authority, Nottingham City Hospital and Derbyshire Ambulance Service.
Before joining the NHS, Paula worked in sales and marketing in the pharmaceutical industry and was a member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing. She was also a lecturer in Marketing and Business Studies at Clarendon College, in Nottingham, and led their public relations function.

Black Country LETC Workforce Development Specialist - Della Burgess.

Della  has 20 years’ experience in Human Resources (HR) both the NHS and the Private Sector and she joined the NHS over 10 years ago as a HR Manager. After undertaking a HR role for 8 years she moved in to Workforce Development and Workforce Planning roles. Della has over 10 years’ experience of working in the Acute and Mental Health Trusts in the Black Country and then the Strategic Health Authority.  Della transferred to our West Midlands Local Education and Training Board as a Workforce Development Specialist for Black Country Local Education and Training Council (BC LETC).

The role involves:

  •  Working closely with staff throughout the West Midlands and BC LETC members/portfolio leads to ensure operational delivery of objectives and development of an effective provider-led system
  • Development of the BC LETC 5 year Workforce Development Plan
  • Working with provider Trusts on workforce  and development plans
  • Contributing to identification of BC LETC priorities arising from the workforce plans and wider health policy and guidance
  • Work with Provider Trusts to deliver the BC LETC region wide workforce development programmes
  • Working to create/develop partnerships with Black Country local authority, private, voluntary and independent sector organisations
  • Working with partners across the Black Country to further develop both the efficiency and quality of education and training provision

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