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Talent for Care

The Talent for Care is a national strategic framework developed, first and foremost, to improve the quality of care for patients by developing skilled, knowledgeable and empowered staff.

The strategy is divided into three main sections

  • GET IN focusing on the drive to ensure there are opportunities for people to start their career in a supporting role. The strategic intentions related to this are to:
  1. Broaden the ways into training and employment in the NHS, especially to attract more young people and improve diversity within the workforce.
  2. Increase the chances for people to try new experiences of working in the NHS.
  3. Engage more staff to act as NHS Ambassadors who can promote NHS careers to schools, colleges and local communities

“The NHS needs to employ more young people”

  • GET ON by supporting people to be the best they can be in the job they do with the following strategic intentions:
  1. Challenge and support every NHS employer and contractor to implement a development programme for all support staff that is over and above annual appraisals and mandatory training.
  2. All new healthcare support staff to achieve the new Care Certificate, which will be introduced in March 2015; and, for those that want it, a universally recognised Higher Care Certificate.
  3. Double the number of HEE funded or supported apprenticeships by March 2016 and establish an NHS Apprenticeship Scheme to rival the best in the country.

“Build in existing qualifications and allow for local needs”

  • GO FURTHER that provides opportunities for career progression both within their current role and into registered professions
  1. Simplify career progression*1 for those who want it with innovative new roles and pathways to promotion, including more part-time higher education as a route into nursing and other registered professions.
  2. Agree with employers and education providers a universal acceptance of prior learning, vocational training and qualifications.
  3.  Support talent development*2 that identifies and nurtures people with the potential to go further, especially for those wanting to move into professional and registered roles.

“Easy to grasp progression routes and promotion opportunities”


*1 The Healthcare Assistant Progression Pathway into Pre-registration Nursing (You will find the file in the document section below)
*2 Shaping the future assistant/associate practitioner workforce:
a Hampshire case study – This case study looks at the two-year, full time-equivalent foundation degree (science) in health and social care (FdScH&SC), initially developed in partnership between University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust and Southampton Solent University, Hampshire, UK, and commissioned by Health Education Wessex.

⇒  In this video apprentices tell us why they wanted to work at Salisbury Medical Practice and how they are benefiting from the programme.

A day in the life of Jackie Vaux, Health Care Assistant in the Medical Service Newsletter (You will find the file in the document section below)

HEE’s Talent for Care: A National Strategic Framework (You will find the file in the document section below)

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