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Talent for Care and Widening Participation

Two programmes working together to improve education, training and development opportunities available to those working in an NHS support role, and ensure the whole healthcare workforce is representative of the communities it serves, and that progression and opportunities are available to a wide range of people in order to ensure we are able to recruit a talented and diverse workforce.

Talent for Care

While the support workforce make up 40% of the total NHS workforce and provide around 60% of patient care. This group receives less than 5% of the national training budget. We work with various local partners to change this picture, to increase investment in the support workforce and to spread good practice and innovation. 

The Talent for Care national strategy framework focuses on ten strategy intentions under the primary theme of:

  • Get in- opportunities for people to start their career in a support role
  • Get on-  support people to be the best they can be in the job they do
  • Go further- provide opportunities for career progression, including into registered professions

For all general enquiries about Talent for Care contact talentforcare@hee.nhs.uk

Your local lead is Sharon Simister and if you wish to get into contact please email sharon.simister@hee.nhs.uk

Widening Participation

Widening participation remains a continuing workforce priority to ensure that healthcare workforce represents the communities it seeks to serve.

Health Education England (HEE) exists to improve the quality of care for patients by ensuring we have enough staff with the right skills, values and behaviours available for employment by providers. As part of our role we have leadership responsibility for promoting equality and diversity and enabling widening participation in the development of current and future workforce.

The aims are:

  • Helping those applicants, from all backgrounds, who are particularly interested in undertaking education and training for potential career in the healthcare sector, to gain valuable insights into different careers
  • Providing an opportunity for young people and others to be exposed to and gain some key work skills
  • Raising awareness of job and progression opportunities
  • Supporting those who may be interested in a career change/returning to work

The NHS receive a lot of requests for supporting work experience opportunities and is committed to providing them but it is recognised that it can be difficult for potential applicants to know how, when and who to contact to access potential work experience opportunities.  This can be even more difficult for those from less advantaged backgrounds.






Read more about the Talent for Care and Widening Participation programmes on our national page.

To find out more visit the Step into the NHS webpage

For local lead, please contact sharon.simister@hee.nhs.uk

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