Conference

Attracting and developing the existing and future NHS workforce

Join our online workforce skills conference and hear from different NHS organisations about their approaches to strengthening workforce supply.
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General information

Time
7 September 2021 10:00 - 16:00 GMT
Audience
Open to all

The aim of the day is to provide an opportunity for employers to hear from NHS speakers about attracting and developing the existing and future NHS workforce.

Learn about the actions that organisations across the NHS are taking to meet commitments in the NHS People Plan, including growing your own workforce, inclusive recruitment and developing skills to encourage employers to think about how they may apply these locally and the impact this could have.

Conference content

Our speakers will share how they are supporting the workforce supply agenda and the session topics will include themes around the following.

  • Adding social value to local communities through career pathways
  • Workforce planning across the system
  • Ethnic minority group development programmes
  • Deployment of nursing associates
  • T Levels and how they strengthen supply routes
  • Widening access to apprenticeships
  • Supporting young people into the workforce
  • Upskilling the workforce to work differently in COVID-19

*please note these may be subject to change and this page will be updated with an agenda when finalised.

Who the conference is for

This conference is aimed at those who can influence strategy and drive change, including HR, workforce and OD leads and learning facilitators.

Event outline

 

Time Session
09:30-10:00

Virtual doors open

Networking and registration

Time to have a look around the platform and build own agendas

10:05-10:40

Main stage

Developing career pathways to add social value to local communities

Donna McLaughlin, Northern Care Alliance NHS Group

10:45-11:20

Main stage

Preceptorships

Ali Crewesmith and Stacey Martin, University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust

11:20-11:35 Break

11:35-12:35

Breakout sessions

Attracting and retaining people into the nursing associate role

South Devon College
Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust 
Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Trust

Using T Levels to strengthen workforce supply

Yeovil District Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust
Frimley Healthcare Trust
 

International recruitment

Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust
Yeovil District Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
 

Recruiting from the Armed Forces community

Speakers to be announced.

12:35-13:15 Lunch

13:00-13:15

Breakout sessions

Desk yoga with Yoga Hero

13:15-13:55

Main stage

Ethnic minority nursing and midwifery aspirant leaders programme

Miriam Coffie, NHS England and NHS Improvement

Narinder Jaspal and Dawn Adamson, University Hospitals Coventry and Warwick

14:00-15:00

Breakout sessions

Showcasing apprenticeships in the NHS

Nottingham University Hospitals
Somerset NHS Foundation 
South Central Ambulance Service
 

Career infrastructure and retention in mental health

Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust. 

The National Workforce Skills Development Unit
 

Expanding placement capacity

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust

Surrey and Sussex ICS
 

Supporting more young people into the workforce

Speakers to be announced.

15:00-15:10 Break

15:10-15:45

Main stage

Restarting career conversations in COVID-19 to aid retention and staff experience

Sally Drake and Chris Royle, North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust

15:45-16:00

Main stage

Closing remarks

 

Our breakout sessions

Attracting and retaining people into the nursing associate role

Presentation from three organisations, including: South Devon College, who have become the first college in the country to be approved by the NMC to deliver the Nursing Associate programme will discuss how this is working for employers within the local area, Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust will present about attracting and retaining people in the nursing associate role and Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Trust who are working collaboratively to provide nursing associate roles in community and mental health settings. 

Using T Levels to strengthen workforce supply

Yeovil District Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust will share how they’re implementing T Levels to strengthen nursing supply. University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust will discuss their plan to introduce 100 industry placements across the region from September and the return on investment they have predicted this to have. Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust will share their experience of piloting industry placements in their trust.

International recruitment

Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust will share how international supply contributes to a 1.7% nursing vacancy rate. Yeovil District Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust will share their experience of being a lead recruiter in the South West.

Recruiting from the Armed Forces community

Speakers to be announced soon. This session will explore ways to engage with and recruit from this highly skilled and valuable group of people.

Showcasing apprenticeships in the NHS

Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust will talk about its experience of introducing Advanced Clinical Practice Apprentices. Somerset NHS Foundation Trust will share its success when recruiting externally for diagnostic radiographer apprentices and South Central Ambulance Service will discuss the career pathways apprenticeships they provide in the ambulance service. 

Career infrastructure and retention in mental health

In this session we’ll be introducing the peer and lived experience career infrastructure at Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust and you will be able to hear from The National Workforce Skills Development Unit about the work they’ve undertaken to retain experienced mental health nurses.

Expanding placement capacity

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust will share the successes of expanding placement capacity across Greater Manchester and Surrey and Sussex ICS will discuss their placement capacity workstreams and learning so far around collecting baseline data.

Supporting more young people into the workforce

Speakers to be announced soon. Tis session will explore ways to create recruitment pathways attractive to young people and details of organisations which can support this.

Supporting you to attract and recruit staff from the UK and abroad, to develop a sustainable workforce.

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