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Health Education North West Five Year Workforce Skills and Development Strategy: First Draft for Consultation

31 May 2013

Please feel free to share the Strategy and consultation document across your organisations and networks, using the consultation template to submit your comments to Jessica.Lord@nw.hee.nhs.uk.

Should you have any queries or wish to discuss the Strategy in more detail, please contact Kirstie.Baxter@nw.hee.nhs.uk.


The commissioning and delivery of NHS services is a fast changing landscape. With change comes opportunity and perhaps this is a once in a generation opportunity to put patients front and centre in all we do going forward. Simply put, patients deserve the best care we can deliver; safe, clinically effective, dignified and compassionate.

To do this, we need to develop and invest in a workforce we can be proud of, with leadership at every level; a workforce attracted by our unique purpose, recruited based on our values and principles, educated and skilled to the highest level and rewarded for excellent performance.

This Strategy signals our intent to play an integral part over the next five years in what will be challenging and exciting times for the NHS in the North West.

The launch of Liberating the NHS: Developing the Healthcare Workforce – From Design to Delivery, set out the key principles for the education and training of healthcare workers and lay the foundations for the development of Health Education North West’s Five Year Workforce Skills and Development Strategy;

  • Greater accountability for all healthcare providers to plan and develop their workforce, whilst being professionally informed and underpinned by strong academic links
  • Aspiring to excellence in training and a better experience and outcomes for patients, students and trainees
  • Supporting NHS values and behaviours to provide person centred care
  • Supporting the development of the whole workforce, within a multiprofessional and UK wide context
  • Supporting innovation, research and quality improvement
  • Providing greater transparency, fairness and efficiency to the investment made in education and training
  • Reflecting the explicit duty of the Secretary of State to secure an effective system for education and training

Building on our productive partnerships, leading achievements and strong track record for continuous improvement, Health Education North West is intent on delivering the best quality of care for patients; care we can be proud of and care which has safety, quality and dignity as its’ hallmark.

This Strategy underpins our intent and marks the steps towards achieving this with our stakeholders, over the next five years and beyond.