We work in partnership with over 500 health and social care sector employers to support workforce development, including:
Our learning programmes (which range from short CPD in areas such as dementia care and diabetes management to professional qualifications in Nursing and Social Work) are developed with the explicit intention of improving the experience of service users – an objective shared by our partners, who value the opportunity to develop staff flexibly and cost-effectively to improve services.
I couldn’t have done it without the hospital sponsoring me, I’m lucky to have had that support.Read more Nathan Dixon
We consult widely with employers, service users and carers on the development and delivery of learning, and work closely with UNISON and The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) on a shared mission to widen participation in education and training.
Employers rate us highly for:
There are a number of benefits to providing training and higher qualifications to staff. We undertook some analysis a few months ago where we measured retention for our sponsored students compared to those from direct-entry routes and the results were quite startling. Over 80 per cent of the students sponsored are still with us, compared to just over 30 per cent of those from direct-entry routes. This type of data continues to justify the investment required to retain this absolutely crucial route for people to qualify as social workers.Read more Jon Day, Workforce Development Manager, Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council
What we did here in Milton Keynes was to give that experience to 50 individuals so that when they came into clinical practice, their voice was much, much louder and what we found was their ability to influence and make changes and improvements was considerably enhanced.
It has been a resounding success. We’ve had a great relationship with The Open University during the delivery and creation of this course and I think we are going to work with them quite a lot more.Read more Jon White, Senior Nurse in Practice Development