North West

Streamlining - North West regions

Workforce streamlining in the North West was officially launched in May 2016, and is approaching the implementation phase.  The North West region consists of three distinct sub-regions, each with their own streamlining sponsors as follows:

  • Greater Manchester - Jane Wilkinson, University Hospital South Manchester NHS FT and Emma Cain, Stockport NHS FT
  • Cheshire and Merseyside - Michael Gibney, The Walton Centre NHS FT and Heather Bebbington, Clatterbridge Cancer Centre NHS FT
  • Cumbria and Lancashire - Lynn Marsland, Cumbria Partnership NHS FT

Separate project management and engagement structures are in place for each sub-region, which feed into the overall objectives and agreed principles for north west streamlining.

The sub-regional structure helps give streamlining a degree of autonomy and flexibility at a local level. This is helpful for a region encompassing a diverse health economy, stretching from Greater Manchester and the devolution agenda through to rural Cumbria: different localities which need slightly different priorities and timescales in relation to the streamlining of staff movements.

Streamlining regional programme in the North West

  • Executive sponsor – Rachael Charlton, East Cheshire NHS Trust.
  • Programme director – Sally Campbell.
  • Key partners – Health Education England, NHS Employers and HPMA.
  • Launched in May 2016.

Key progress to date

  • Streamlining in the north west builds on regional collaborative core skills work that started in 2013. Every opportunity to engage with and learn from colleagues in London and the Midlands where streamlining is already operational has been taken.  
  • The north west programme established early 2016 - supported by NHS Employers, Health Education England and HPMA. The programme formally launched at an event in May 2016 attended by over 150 stakeholders.  
  • Programme board includes representation from HRDs, staff-side and key technology partners, and a range of other stakeholders.
  • The programme is actively aligning itself with key existing sub-regional considerations, such as lead employer models and the Greater Manchester devolution agenda.

Next steps

  • Agree local working and governance arrangements. 
  • Confirm the scope and deliverables of the programme based on local priorities within agreed timescales.
  • Identify the funding required to support the programme based on the above. 
  • Agree a memorandum of understanding for the north west which commits all stakeholders to the future arrangements. 
  • Implementation and delivery of the benefits from July 2016.
  • Streamlining north west will hold a launch event for higher eduction institutions and further education colleges to take account of students who form part of the work programme within the north west workforce programme. The aim of the event is to widen the scope of workforce streamlining to include the employment of students after they qualify.

Visit the programme team website for useful information to support trusts and sub-regions with planning and implementation.

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