12 Aug 2016
Michael Neville, staff side chair, and Carolyn Regan, chief executive, signed the Talent for Care Partnership Pledge at the Trust Partnership Forum meeting on Thursday, to show that we as a trust support the Partnership Pledge.
Talent for Care is the first ever national strategy to improve the education, training and development of healthcare support staff (those in Bands 1 to 4), recognising that these staff have immense potential to improve the quality of patient care.
The Talent Care Framework has three main areas for action:
- Get in – improving opportunities for people to start their career in a support role.
- Get on – supporting people to be the best that they can be in the job they do.
- Go further – providing opportunities for career progression, including into the registered professions.
The trust are working hard to ensure that Talent for Care is high on the agenda, and staff will be aware of the work that our Learning and Development team are doing to achieve these goals. These include offering apprenticeships in Health and Social Care and Business Administration, the Care Certificate for all new HCAs, creating new Healthcare Ambassadors roles, work experience pilot, Bands 2 to 4 Development Pathway, creating new Assistant Practitioner posts and Assistant Practitioner Development programme with University of West London, as well as our annual awards to recognise qualifications achieved by this group of staff, to name just a few.
Ali Webster, assistant director of learning and development, said: “We really shouldn’t underestimate the importance and value of this group of staff in the provision of high quality patient care. They work really hard and are keen to develop their knowledge and skills, and signing the Talent for Care Partnership Pledge reinforces how important supporting and developing this group of staff is to the trust.”