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Talent for Care and Widening Participation
Two programmes working together to improve the education, training and development opportunities available to current, potential and future NHS staff. Talent for Care has a specific focus on improving these opportunities for those working in a support role, while Widening Participation seeks to ensure the healthcare workforce is representative of the communities it serves, and that progression and opportunities are based on merit, not social background.
Talent for Care
While the support workforce make up 40% of the total NHS workforce and provide around 60% of patient care, this group receives less than 5% of the national training budget. We are working with various national, regional and local partners to change this picture, to increase investment in the support workforce and to spread good practice and innovation.
With a national focus on Health Care Assistants as a consequence of the Francis Inquiry and the Cavendish Review, Health Education England (HEE) was given a mandate by the Department of Health to improve the training for this group of staff. We took the view that the education and development for all staff working in a support role is vitally important, and began work on plans for a strategic framework to address this need and the low levels of investment typically seen across the country. Talent for Care now forms part of Framework 15, HEE’s guide to action.
The Talent for Care national strategic framework - available in the related documents below - focuses on ten strategic intentions under the primary themes of:
- Get In - opportunities for people to start their career in a support role
- Get On - support people to be the best they can be in the job they do
- Go Further - provide opportunities for career progression, including into registered professions.
For all general enquiries about Talent for Care or to find contact details for the lead in your local team, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Widening participation remains a continuing workforce priority to ensure that the healthcare workforce represents the communities it seeks to serve. Health Education England (HEE) exists to improve the quality of care for patients by ensuring we have enough staff with the right skills, values and behaviours available for employment by providers. As part of our role we have leadership responsibility for promoting equality and diversity, and enabling widening participation in the development of the current and future healthcare workforce.
'Widening Participation, It Matters' sets out five key goals:
- improve monitoring and reporting of widening participation activities
- enhance further the visibility and targeting of health careers information and advice
- increase, through research and evaluation, the understanding and evidence of what and what does not work in relation to widening participation developments in healthcare education and workforce development
- increase collaborative approaches in supporting widening participation initiatives, including outreach activity
- stimulate and increase the capacity of healthcare organisations in being able to expand and support work or work related experience opportunities.
For all general enquiries about Widening Participation or to find contact details for the lead in your local team, please email email@example.com.
- Work Experience - Find out more about our work that helps people of all ages and backgrounds understand the world of work and make decisions about their education and career.
- Health Ambassadors - Learn more about the Health Ambassador scheme, and how you can get involved.
- Case studies - Here, we have selected a handful of Widening Participation projects that highlight the broad range of people and communities that are supported by access strategies that prioritise equality, diversity and inclusion.
- Good Practice in Widening Participation - Here, we showcase the great work that is being done in Widening Participation across HEE’s regional teams.
- Resources at a Glance - All of the Widening Participation resources at your fingertips.
The Partnership Pledge is a way to show your commitment to supporting the outcomes of the Talent for Care and Widening Participation strategic frameworks.
For employers and organisations
Partnership working between HEE, employers and trade unions is an essential component of the Talent for Care and Widening Participation strategic frameworks. All parties have a direct interest in developing the healthcare support workforce and recognise that, by working in partnership, we can deliver real opportunities for staff working in a support role.
Sir Keith Pearson, Chairman of Health Education England, invites leaders to demonstrate their commitment to delivering the strategic intentions within Talent for Care and Widening Participation by signing the Partnership Pledge. Read Sir Keith's letter.
The Partnership Pledge includes an action plan that you can use as a basis for your local planning and implementation.
There are two ways for you to return your signed pledge:
- Email - scan and email to firstname.lastname@example.org
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We also encourage you to publish and share within your organisation.
Individuals working at all levels are also invited to sign a Partnership Pledge to demonstrate their own commitment and desire to work with colleagues and within their own organisation to deliver Talent for Care and Widening Participation. The form can be downloaded and returned as above, or you can complete online.
Keep up to date
Find out more about Talent for Care and Widening Participation projects by and taking a look at our workstreams.