Talent for Care and Widening Participation resources


25 / 9 / 2015 1pm

Health Education England (HEE) has launched a range of resources to help NHS organisations with their Talent for care and Widening participation programmes. The products include toolkits, guidance and standards.

Talent for care

This strategic framework is aimed at improving the education, training and development opportunities available to those working in an NHS support role (typically roles banded 1-4). Resources that you may be interested in related to Talent for care are as follows:

  • Over 350 potential career options exist in healthcare. More than photocopying is a work experience toolkit for the NHS, which offers advice on providing high-quality work experience opportunities.
  • Apprenticeships are providing thousands of new and existing staff with the opportunity to gain a qualification and develop new skills. Last year (2014/15) saw 14,660 apprenticeship starts delivered across the NHS and we're aware that employers are doing even more to further grow apprenticeship numbers this year.
  • The Department of Business, Innovation and Skills have approved two new apprenticeship standards within healthcare for level 2 support workers and level 5 assistant practitioners. For details about these visit apprenticeship standards.
  • The care certificate is being implemented across the country following its launch in March 2015, with trusts now incorporating this into the induction of new care staff.
  • The bridging programme, developed by Skills for Health, is supporting students with vocational qualifications to access health professional education programmes and providing an alternative route into university.

Widening participation 

Ensuring an approach to recruitment whereby the NHS workforce is representative of the communities it serves, with development and progression based on merit rather than social background, is at the heart of the Widening participation strategic framework. Resources that you may find useful are highlighted below:

  • The Widening participation framework has five strategic goals at its core, which are being applied, for example, through apprenticeships and ensuring healthcare staff have access to skills development. A range of case studies and best practice have been collated in the directory of widening participation initiatives.

Partnership pledge

Many organisations have signed the partnership pledge demonstrating their commitment to the education, training and development of their support workforce. Hundreds of individuals have also pledged their personal support to Talent for care and Widening participation. Visit partnership pledge to find out more.

Health ambassadors

Inspiring the Future is using health ambassadors to talk to young people in schools and colleges to educate them about the huge range of jobs and careers available in the NHS and healthcare.

It's time to ThinkFuture

‚ÄčThinkFuture is a new programme to support and encourage employers to bring more young people into the NHS workforce. Employers will be supported to develop local programmes to recruit 16-24 year olds and to learn from those already succeeding at this. In addition, the ThinkFuture programme will also encourage more NHS staff to become health ambassadors.

To find out more you can also follow @ThinkFutureNHS on Twitter and join the conversation by using the hashtag #ThinkFutureNHS.

Further updates and information can be found on HEE's summer newsletter.

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