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Development and delivery of health and social care practitioner career pathway

The aim of the project is to develop a new career pathway for health and social care practitioners


The project, led by North Devon District Hospital, is to develop and start to deliver a variety of competent health and social care practitioners.  This is to be initially delivered across a large area of Devon.  It is anticipated that this new and innovative model of workforce will deliver a new career pathway, challenging historical models, providing potential career progression from bands two to six based upon competence and qualification outside of the historical professions.

Practitioners will be highly developed in communication, decision and planning skills, as well as co-ordination, supporting and escalation skills.  The roles will enhance and complement existing models of care working innovatively within the integrated care teams and working as part of the wider health and social care teams.

The vision is to develop a series of roles based upon health and social care competencies underpinned by an academic pathway.  There will be clear career progression leading to a new career pathway that will support staff to develop without the need to undertake a qualification leading to professional registration such as nursing or therapies.

The model will deliver a series of new practitioners that are innovative in their skills set and challenging of historical models of care, which need to be reviewed in order that models of care are sustainable.  

These roles will work across health and social care settings in the community and will also support greater use of third sector.  The roles will also rotate into the acute site to help with patient flow either actively pushing patient flow through the system or pulling back into the community. 

Implementation will be in support of around 700 community staff with new ways of working and potential new roles working supporting multiple providers.  It is anticipated that initial developments of the career pathway and skills development will incorporate around 100 support workers and assistant practitioners these are anticipated to start their role development towards the end of year one.  The project is due to be completed in March 2016.

Darryn Allcorn, Director of Workforce and Development, North Devon District Hospital, Barnstaple said: "There is significant multi-professional interest and commitment to this project from across health and social care. Scoping and development has already enlisted the support and commitment from other health and social care providers.  The momentum of the project is gathering pace and the framework is starting to develop a clear pathway for staff development that will support patient pathways and best the most appropriate settings of care."

For more information about this project, please contact Darryn Allcorn.

Anticipate benefits:

  • There will be significant efficiencies achieved through this new workforce model delivering care and support the planned transition to a MCP model.
  • The roles will be equipped to ensure inclusion of the whole system and make best use of the appropriate resources, supporting health and wellbeing of patients or expedite reablement through a more holistic and inclusive multi-professional model.
  • Benefits will be felt wider, as the model will develop new career pathways developing local talent and enhance new opportunities for career development within areas of social deprivation and academic limitations supporting communities to grow its own health and social care workforce.

This Page was last updated on: 23 November 2015

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