Workforce Planning Action Day 15.4.02
This report is compiled from notes taken during the meeting, is for information only and does not constitute formal minutes. Consequently, I take no responsibility for any inaccuracies, errors or omissions. Opinions expressed within the notes are those of meeting attendees and have been included for completeness. This does not necessarily mean I agree with them.
3 regional centres are described. There needs to be discussion on the Health Boards comprising each. All stakeholders need to feel they can influence matters and the centre will produce guidelines, not directives. The goalposts have shifted and the focus is now workforce development not workforce planning and numbers. (This shift caused problems for the rest of the meeting.) The idea is to move away from competition between Trusts and Health boards to a complementary basis of working. Partnership is vitally important in this process.
Prof. Gillian Needham
In building workforce development capacities, North, East and West regional workforce centres had been suggested. The question of whether they were staffed or existed as virtual centres had not been decided. The consensus of opinion from the responses was for virtual centres. There was also the question of how they engaged with other interests e.g. Local Authorities, education providers and local enterprise companies. Regional outputs would include a regional workforce plan, recruitment and retention strategies, promotion of new ways of working and development of a robust evidence base.
A national workforce unit would guide and co-ordinate the regional centres. It would deal with national workforce planning and recruitment and retention. It would be responsible for linking with other SEHD policies e.g. education and training. It would help develop a national data strategy. A service National Workforce Committee is also to be created.
The key themes described in the responses to the report were
Discussions at this meeting would identify a way forward and there will be a report back to all interests.
The meeting then broke into groups to discuss the regional centres and
At this point in the proceedings, Malcolm Chisolm, Minister for Health and Community Care, arrived and toured the second set of workshops which produced the questions / comments / recommendations listed below.
Information and planning
Prioritising the agenda
There are three key themes –
Inclusivity / partnership
Organisational and Cultural Change
Research and Development
It was noted that the agenda is very large. The information database should probably be the first task to ensure everyone was working in the same way. The shift from workforce planning to workforce development – two quite different things – was causing problems for some of the attendees.
The next step was to put all the information into an action plan. This would be issued by the Health Department with a short time for the service to comment and amend. The actions need to be identified as initial to long term, but the process needs to start as soon as possible.
The Minister, in closing the meeting, stated that the Executive is committed to taking this forward and that any further ideas or comments should be sent to Grant Hughes at the Health Department.
The points from the workshops included above are only those which were presented at the feedback sessions. Many other points were made during the workshops and most of these were captured on flip charts. The points not included in the feedback presentations were nevertheless taken away to be included in the report of the day