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Developing our workforce

We’re responsible for not only attracting the right people to the NHS, but also for developing people already working within healthcare, to make sure they have the education and training, and the flexibility, to deliver high quality care to patients now and in the future. We have a number of areas of work, focussing on a number of professions, that is developing our workforce.

Clinical academic careers

One of the key objectives of HEE’s Research and Innovation Strategy is to undertake the development of a transparent and integrated multi-professional clinical academic career framework, which enables all partners to be clear about the strategic approach to developing the clinical academic workforce for patient benefit.

Clinical academic careers

Developing the NHS 111 workforce

As part of the Integrated Urgent & Emergency Care Review, the NHS 111 Integrated Urgent Care Workforce Development Programme aims to ensure better outcomes for patients accessing NHS 111 services by delivering a workforce with the right skills, behaviours and career and development opportunities needed to achieve this.

Developing the NHS 111 workforce

Emergency medicine

Ensuring an emergency care workforce with the right numbers, skills and behaviours is a strategic priority for Health Education England. We are working in partnership with the College of Emergency Medicine and other stakeholders to increase the number of trainees, consultants and multi-professional staff in emergency departments.

Emergency medicine

Maternity care pathways

The Centre for Workforce Intelligence and Health Education England have made available the Maternity Care Pathways tool to any maternity service provider in England.

The free to download Microsoft Excel file is available, together with guidance materials in the form of a user guide and video.

Maternity care pathways

Nursing

We are working to ensure the right number of nurses with the right skills, values and behaviours are in place to deliver care at the right time and place.

Nursing

Older person's fellowship

The Older Person's Fellowship for Nurses and Allied Health Professionals (AHPs), sponsored by Health Education England, is a programme aimed at driving clinical excellence, innovation and quality improvement in care for older people.

Older person's fellowship

Paramedics

Paramedics play a vital role across both urgent and emergency care and are increasingly becoming employed within the primary care environment.

Paramedics

Shape of training

Shape of training work looks at potential reforms to the structure of postgraduate medical education and training across the UK. It helps us to consider how best to deliver a workforce that meets the needs of future patient and models of service, particularly in the context of the 5 Year Forward View.

Shape of training

Supporting our armed forces

Health Education England and our teams are working closely with key stakeholders, including the Department of Health, the Ministry of Defence, NHS England, NHS Employers and others to support the aims and objectives of the Future Reserves 2020 White Paper.

Supporting our armed forces

Talent for Care and Widening Participation

Two programmes working together to improve the education, training and development opportunities available to current, potential and future NHS staff. Talent for Care has a specific focus on improving these opportunities for those working in a support role, while Widening Participation seeks to ensure the healthcare workforce is representative of the communities it serves, and that progression and opportunities are based on merit, not social background.

Talent for Care and Widening Participation

Widening Participation

Widening participation remains a continuing workforce priority to ensure that the 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, diversity and enabling widening participation in relation to the development of the current and future healthcare workforce.

Widening Participation

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