The workshop was held on 24 March 2010. Over 60 participants attended from across the country with a wide range of backgrounds including representatives from PCTs, SHAs and some acute trusts.
Most had a workforce development, HR, nursing or management background with a couple of practising health visitors.
Delegates looked at the current state of the workforce and what it may look like in the future. They also started to address the challenges and opportunities it faces and more importantly how they may be over come.
They highlighted many of the differences in working and which new workforce innovations are working well.
NHS Employers is now looking at the outputs from this element of the workshop.
Delegates had the opportunity to hear from Caroline Waterfield from NHS Employers who explained how age profiling can be used to help organisations make informed decisions about your workforce.
For more information, see our age profiling pages.
Caroline also explored the flexibilities within the pension scheme which could be used to help retain skills and expertise in the workforce.
David Munday of UNITE gave an overview of the union’s work in supporting the health visiting workforce.
Comments from delegates
"A chance to discuss real issues that will have a national impact”
“Clear understanding of issues faced by other service providers – new ideas with practical solutions”
“Ideas that I can take back – a sharing of particular ways people have tackled different issues”
Delegates heard from two different areas of the service.
Nicy Turney from Leicestershire County Rutland Community Services presented the work they are doing around meeting workforce challenges and how return to practice of health visitors is supporting this.
Download the presentation from Leicestershire County Rutland Community Services.
Melanie Callaghan from Greenwich Teaching PCT shared their experiences in using a “Whole System Approach” to workforce change. This helps ensure that the trust will be able to deliver the health visiting services in the future with the right number of staff at the right grades with the right skills.
Download the presentation from Greenwich Teaching PCT.
Useful links to statistical information and tools.
NHS organisations may find the following sites useful:
The Child Health and Maternity Partnership (CHaMP)
A national service improvement resource for child health and maternity services. CHaMP coordinates and provides consultancy and capacity development for service improvement with particular expertise in integrated working across health and social care. CHaMP provides support for service delivery, joint commissioning, knowledge sharing and partnership working.
Children’s Services Mapping
Information at a national, regional and local level about child and maternity service provision and investment in England.