Key messages from the steering group

NHS Working longer review

30 / 3 / 2016 Midnight

23 March 2016

  • The information for HR teams on improving your understanding of the NHS Pension Scheme will be launched on 31 March 2016 in the WLG tools and resources section of the website. 
  • The group received data from a range of sources on areas such as average retirement age of the NHS workforce, which will be promoted through various channels.
  • The steering group received an update from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) on the State Pension Age (SPA) review and was pleased to learn about the process.

13 January 2016

  • The steering group was pleased to note the progress being made by the NHS Pension Scheme training package for HR teams task and finish group. The training package is due to launch shortly. 
  • The group contributed to the development of work programme for the new task and finish group ‘promoting employment opportunities’.  The new group will be looking to develop a range of products and guidance in the coming months around career pathways, management development conversations, flexible working and staff facing support. 
  • The group noted that the Working Longer Groups in Scotland and Wales are continuing to meet to drive forward the agenda.

24 November 2015

  • The group launched the age awareness toolkit and Working Longer Group video. These are available in the WLG tools and resources section of the website.
  • The steering group has refined the work programme for the remaining task and finish groups for 2016.
  • The steering group is pleased to note that Scotland and Wales have established Working Longer Groups to drive forward the agenda.
  • The steering group is pleased to confirm that the national research project known as ‘deep dives’ has completed, and intelligence gathered from the visits has been presented to the steering group. The findings from the research will inform the future development of tools and resources from the group.

30 September 2015

  • The Working Longer Steering Group received updates from the task and finish groups and were pleased to note the progress being made.
  • The group is refining the work programme for three task and finish groups prior to them commencing work.
  • The group will shortly be launching a number of products including the age awareness toolkit and Working Longer Group (WLG) video. These will be available in November in the WLG tools and resources section.
  • The group received updates from Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland where comparable work is also taking place.

21 July 2015

  • The Working Longer Steering Group received updates from the task and finish groups.
  • The steering group received a presentation on the development of the awareness raising toolkit and contributed to the development of the products. 
  • The call for evidence task and finish group review has now completed its work and the information has been shared with the steering group and the other task and finish groups to inform the work going forward.

21 May 2015

  • Members discussed how the steering group can review its current meeting format to ensure that the group is making the best use of their time as well as providing an opportunity to share expertise.
  • Colleagues from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) attended the meeting to discuss proposed process for the State Pension age review and the fuller working lives programme. The group discussed how the existing expertise and research from the working longer review can feed into this process.
  • The group provided comment on the Working Longer Group infographic, which will be launched at the start of June.

18 March 2015

  • The group received progress updates from the eight task and finish groups
  • Members of the group reported on presentations and events they have attended on behalf of the Working Longer Group, including an Open University event on managing in age diverse organisations, the North Wales Healthcare People Management Association (HPMA) network, the DWP fuller working lives parliamentary reception and the European trade union institute's women and health conference. 
  • The group noted a marked increase in the amount of wider interest in the working longer topic, both in the healthcare sector and beyond. This is reflected in the volume of documents and publications we have added to the Further reading library

15 January 2015

  • The Working Longer Steering Group agreed project plans for the eight working longer task and finish groups. Details of products in development by the groups and timescales for delivery will be published soon on the Steering Group and task and finish groups web page.
  • The Working Longer Group has been invited to present on the ageing workforce in the NHS at a number of events in the coming months. These events include an Open University conference on leading in age diverse organisations and an update for the ambulance service HR directors network. 
  • The Medical Research Council team leading on extending working lives in the NHS: opportunities, challenges and prospects will be working with six trusts from across England to investigate the impact of working longer in the NHS. The research team attended the January steering group meeting to present their plans for taking this work forward. The research group will provide a further update in September 2015 and their findings will be published on the Working Longer Group webpages when their research concludes.
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