NHS Streamlining Week 1-5 April 2019 

Streamlining week

NHS Employers will be hosting a week dedicated to streamlining in the NHS during 1–5 April 2019. The week will showcase a variety of initiatives and learning, with the aim of educating, sharing good practice and inspiring other organisations to review their recruitment and induction processes to increase efficiency and improve the experience of staff as they move around the NHS. We will also share some examples of streamlining principles being used to support system working.


We will be launching various resources throughout the week, along with key stakeholders such as ESR, NHS Improvement and NHS Jobs which will promote the benefits of streamlining and support your streamlining journey. 


We will be tweeting throughout the week and would like you to get involved and tell your streamlining journeys by using #NHSstreamlining.


Timetable of activities


Day 1 - National streamlining programme and resources

Hear from our national streamlining groups on how they bring together regional programmes to share, learn and influence nationally to support regional programmes. In a new podcast Alan Duffell, director of workforce, Royal Wolverhampton Hospitals will discuss his passion for streamlining, his role as the chair of the national streamlining steering group and the progress and achievements they have made to date. 

Sarah Kilner, programme manager for North East streamlining will share in a blog, details of her role as chair for the national streamlining operational group and the work they have been involved in.

During the day we will also be promoting a range of free resources available on the national NHS Streamlining Resource Hub located on this website.   


Day 2 - Regional streamlining activities


We will be looking at the experiences of regional streamlining programmes and will hear  from streamlining programme managers from regional sustainability and transformation partnership (STPs) on their experiences of working on streamlining. We will be highlighting in a new case study from the North East the success of working in partnership with trade unions.

We will also be launching a programme managers’ guide which will assist newly appointed streamlining programme managers with what they need to be doing in their first few months to get streamlining off the ground.  


Day 3 - Electronic Staff Record (ESR)

ESR streamlining podcast

The NHS ESR team and the North West streamlining programme have been working collaboratively together and in this new podcast you will be able to learn more about how this partnership has successfully achieved the regions streamlining aims and objectives, and how it's also been instrumental in further development of ESR functionality, that not only supports streamlining but also benefits all ESR users.


ESR webinar - adopt and configure your ESR to enable efficient streamlining 


‘I understand the principles of streamlining, but I don’t know how I can make it happen’  - this is a frequent statement we hear, organisations want to adopt the principles but just don’t know where to start and how they can use ESR to support them.  

To help you better understand the streamlining principles in relation to the ESR solution, this webinar will explain how ESR supports the national streamlining programme and its principles, demonstrating best practice 'new starter journey’ methodology and highlighting key ESR functionality.  Guest presenters from the North Central London STP and Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust will explain how they have adopted ESR methodology both as a collaborative and/or single trust approach to fully maximise their ESR solution with streamlining in mind, which is enabling them to realise the true benefits to their organisation, workforce and their STP region. 


The webinar is designed for strategic decision makers in the HR, workforce and learning and development fields either within individual NHS organisations, or within a regional STP. The webinar is being managed and facilitated by ESR and will be held on Wednesday 3 April 2019 2-3.30pm. Book your place


Day 4 -  National doctors in training streamlining programme

The NHS Long Term plan published in January clearly sets the direction for the new chief people officer to enable staff to more easily move from one NHS employer to another. Working in partnership, NHS Improvement and Health Education England have established the first national programme to progress improvements in the pre-employment process for doctors in training. In overcoming barriers for this discrete group, they will automatically transform the movement of all NHS staff.  


The programme brings together key partners including NHS Employers, Electronic Staff Record (ESR), the BMA and trainee doctor representatives, to address six established pre-employment principles for doctors in training and six pre-employment check standards. Key themes include placements, contracts and shift patterns, core skills training, immunisations and vaccinations records and the redesign of the pre-employment process.


During this day you will be able to learn more about the programme  and help us build on the progress we have made so far.


Day 5 - The benefits of streamlining

The finale of streamlining week will look at the benefits of streamlining through a variety of resources including blogs, case studies and an infographic.   



Get involved


If you would like to get involved with developing content to contribute to streamlining week then please contact streamlining@nhsemployers.org


Don’t forget to share your streamlining stories on Twitter using the hashtag #NHSstreamlining. You may also want to follow accounts @NHSEmployers, @NHS_Engagement, @NHSESR, @NHS_HealthEdEng and @NHSImprovement.

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