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Development projects

To help deliver the annual investment plan in 2015/16, we undertook a range of development projects that helped to achieve the key objectives.


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

The plan required 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 the PMO team, Health Education England's programme management office for the south west.

  • Frail elderly included those with dementia/older people with complex needs/end of life care – areas of care with overlapping skills requirements. 14 joint or partnership projects were supported during 2015/16, 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 were set by the Government, Health Education England supported the local health visitor workforce to work with communities of practice, employers and NHS England teams across the south west;
  • Integrated health and social care – as a significant area for the future of care, we worked with partners across the south west to help develop a shared vision of integration across health communities; where possible supported the work of the two Pioneers sites and worked with members to support this key development;
  • Mental health and learning disability development – we disseminated learning disability awareness raising resources for the health and care workforce, rolled out the national learning disability skills and competency framework;
  • National dementia project – plans were developed to ensure access to appropriate tier two dementia training for staff working regularly with people affected by dementia. This included the identification, sharing and supporting examples of good practice;
  • Paramedic conversion training – we supported the short term increase of capacity in paramedics;
  • Patient safety – we worked together with the two Academic Health Science Networks (AHSN) to support the patient safety agenda across the south west. Further information on the West of England AHSN project can be found via this link and full report attached at the bottom of this page;
  • Public health workforce development – we supported the work of Public Health England in the south west through the Public Health Workforce Development Group (information can be found on the document at the bottom of this page);
  • Simulation and human factors – enabled the delivery of significant investment in simulation, human factors and technology based developments. This links to our patient safety work with the AHSNs;
  • Workforce planning skills development – increased the ability of our members in the south west to enhance their workforce intelligence and workforce demand processes.

This Page was last updated on: 19 July 2017

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