This seminar will discuss the key issues for delivering Health Education England’s full Workforce Strategy, ahead of its publication later this year.
It is bringing together key stakeholders, agencies and policymakers to share best practice in recruitment, retention and workforce experience across primary, secondary and social care.
Delegates will assess the key issues for the strategy and its potential impact, as well as practical issues for delivering its key aims of encouraging collaboration and integration across health and social care, enhancing data and measurement, improving recruitment, and reducing reliance on agency staff.
They will also consider priorities for aligning the 10-year plan for the NHS with the workforce strategy and will consider what further measures should be put in place to tackle immediate workforce shortages, plan and train the future workforce and utilise volunteers.
We also expect discussion to reflect the announcement by the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care of plans to launch a consultation exercise on workforce issues with aims to expand apprenticeships, increase pathways into leadership and change the working culture in the NHS.
Following the Government’s consultation on Promoting professionalism, reforming regulation - including options for reducing the number of professional healthcare regulators - further sessions will focus on the potential challenges for implementing a new regulatory system as the Government considers its response.
In light of the publication of Health Education England’s annual report, which detailed progress of workforce targets across mental health, cancer and end of life care, attendees will also discuss the key issues for the expected publication in March 2019 of a carers in mental health narrative and the impact of the national physician associate (PA) funding model to deliver the target of 1,000 PAs in primary care by 2020.