What are your views on workforce integration


02 / 10 / 2013 3.34pm

NHS Employers has worked with a number of health and social care organisations to identify a series of shared principles which could be used to guide your workforce its integration activity. 

The approach

The principles focus on developing your workforce and not on the  systems / processes you may use. They are people focussed and, having taken each of them into consideration as part of a workforce development approach to workforce integration; we can increase the possbilities for success when trying to bring different groups of staff together to work differently.

We hope the joint approach we've taken in creating the shared principles will provide a unified point of reference and understanding to how we can underpin workforce integration between different sectors. Our view is that the principles and the questions raised under each will help you in developing more successful workforce plans, by helping you consider all the factors needed for success.

The principles

A summary of the principles and the key workforce questions to consider under each one is provided below, or you can download the full document.

  • Principle one: Successful workforce integration focuses on better outcomes for people who need care and support.
  • Principle two: Workforce integration involves the whole system.
  • Principle three: Workforce integration can affect people’s role and professional identity. Recognising and dealing with this will reduce anxiety and the likelihood of resistance to change and transition.
  • Principle four: A confident, engaged, motivated, knowledgeable and properly skilled workforce is at the heart of workforce integration.
  • Principle five: Process matters- it gives messages, creates opportunities, and demonstrates the way in which the workforce is valued.
  • Principle six: Successful workforce integration creates new relationships, networks and ways of working. Integrated workforce commissioning strategies give each of these attention, creating the circumstances in which all can thrive. 

Your views

We would like to hear your views on whether or not they would be a helpful addition to the resources you have available in supporting your organisations workforce transformation.

We would be interested to hear your views on:

  • Whether these principles fit with your view of the NHS?
  • Would you be able to use this approach to help workforce integration?

And, do you have any other suggestions of how we could develop / change / improve on this approach to make it even more useful to you?

Please reply to Ruth.Warden@nhsemployers.org

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