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Health and social care integration

In keeping with the Government’s commitment to integrate health and social care by 2020, HEE will work with key partners across these two sectors to support the development of an integrated workforce.


HEE Support Workforce Health & Social Care Integration Fund

The Health and Social Care Integration Innovation Fund is a funding stream from Health Education England's Kent, Surrey and Sussex local team, managed by a board and disseminated and evaluated by Skills for Care.

The fund was set up to address the key challenges of the HEE Career Progression programme and the associated Talent for Care and Widening Participation strategies and focuses on supporting the training and development of the support workforce under three strands:

It aims to encourage Kent, Surrey & Sussex employers across health (children and adult services) and social care (adult services) to develop innovative projects that support the programme and which ultimately impact upon the delivery of care by the support workforce.

Submissions for funding can be made by any organisation within the health and social care sector and to date applications have been received from local government, NHS trusts and independent hospices. 

For further information on the fund or to be added to the contact list, please e-mail Michele.Clark@hee.nhs.uk.

Enhancing care and support roles across Kent, Surrey and Sussex

We recently funded a scoping project to look at the range of roles within the Bands 1-4 and support workforce in health and social care. The aim of the scoping exercise was to gain an understanding of the existing roles which would support the development of new roles in line with the health and social care integration agenda. The scoping exercise was successfully completed by Skills for Care and the resulting document is available in the related documents section below.

Role Development network across Kent, Surrey and Sussex

Following on from our work on above we launched the Role Development Network in collaboration with Skills for Care to enable better co-ordination of activity, joined up working, more strategic thinking and more effective use of resources. The overarching aim is to share best practice, develop shared resourced and create a network of learning from each other.

The Role Development webpage on the Skills for Care site provides useful resources and best practice on how new roles have been developed to deliver the same service in a different way.

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