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Workforce streamlining

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Workforce streamlining

The workforce streamlining programme has been developed in the North West to reduce duplication across the health workforce, creating a more efficient and collaborative service.

The North West region has been working on streamlining for several years, initially with a key focus on Core Skills (statutory and mandatory training) and on implementing a 'Lead Employer Model' for junior doctors, supported and funded by Health Education England working across the North West.  The programme during this time was named the ‘North West Core Skills Programme’ (NWCSP). 

In 2016, following a scoping exercise, the programme’s remit was expanded to cover further workstreams, including, but not limited to, the streamlining of pre-employment information.  The programme from April 2016 became the ‘Workforce Streamlining Programme’, working across the North West.

The work on all workstreams is now together under this one programme. 

The North West region is one of the largest in the country.  In the NHS, Trusts are already working in collaboration and networking in 3 sub-regions:

- Greater Manchester
- Cheshire and Merseyside
- Cumbria and Lancashire

The regions Sustainability and Transformation Plans (STPs) are also broken into these 3 sub regions.

 To ensure the streamlining work is embedded into existing priorities for these STP and sub regions, the programme has been structured to support these local sub regions.

 The Human Resources Director networks (HRD) are leading this workforce change programme, using their sub regional drivers and plans, with support from their deputies.  A nominated lead from each HRD network represents that group on the Programme Board, to both ensure their local needs are met and ensure where possible the work in the 3 sub regions is joined up across the North West. 

There are other workforce streamlining programmes in other regions of the country, most notably London, the Midlands and the East of England. Information on their work programme and progress to date can be found by following the links below. The North West Streamlining Programme are developing close links with the work in these regions to make best use of their experience and lessons learned.

NHS Employers site

For more information please email: nw.streamlining@nhs.net

- Emma Turner, Programme Manager
- Adelle Ward, Programme Officer Manager

Greater Manchester
- Kerri Gorman, Streamlining Area Manager for GM
- Sally Jones, Implementation Project Office for GM

Cheshire & Mersey
- Sarah Ellis, Streamlining Area Manager for C&M
- Gail Maguire, Implementation Project Office for Mersey
- Senyonga Fokum, Implementation Project Office for Cheshire

Cumbria & Lancashire
- Sinead Fletcher, Streamlining Area Manager for C&L
- Bronwyn Driver, Implementation Project Officer for C&L

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