All qualifications should be based first and foremost on a thorough analysis of the needs of the healthcare service. Only after the purpose of a role and its competences have been specified should the appropriate level, and hence, type of qualifications be identified, commissioned and developed.
The Partnership Skills for Health – learning design, HE strategy, Sector Qualification Strategy 4 LLNs (29 HEIs and 37 Fes) – vocational learners, progression agreements, employer engagement NHS London – Healthcare for London, workforce strategy, education commissioning
The Process Funding - £190K – matched funding of £180K Consultation and conference Expressions of Interest 7 projects approved Evaluation
The Projects 1.Supporting progression in mental health sector 2.LTC – expanding Band 4 roles 3.Acute care – nursing & midwifery workforce 4.Mental health – upskill project 5.LTC – learning modules for Asst Practitioners 6.Dual diagnosis in secure offender environments 7.Planned Care – infection control
Successes Secured match funding e.g. NHS London for 2 FDs in LTC Development of work-based higher education Built a collaborative infrastructure of wide range of stakeholders Stimulated greater employer engagement and collaboration Genuine model of co-investment
Challenges Embedding the projects into workforce strategies within Trusts Sustainability of the projects after 2010 Do FDs represent real progression – Apel, portability etc Developing fit for purpose awards reflecting need for new roles