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Early Adopter Workshop 28th January 2011

Early Adopter Workshop 28th January 2011

The East Midlands SHA organised an Early Adopter Regional Workshop for all Trusts and Universities in the region. The workshop was well attended with 75 delegates. The delegates were welcomed by Jane Blower (Lead Scientist for East Midlands); Maxine Foster (Director of NHS Engagement, MSC) gave an overview of MSC and Transforming the Healthcare Science workforce.

Joan Fletcher (Workforce Planning and Education Lead, MSC) spoke about the consultation document on “Developing the Healthcare Workforce” and the proposed new system for commissioning education in the future. Trish Knight (Deputy Director of Workforce East Midlands) gave a personal account of her involvement with the scientific workforce and the importance of scientists working together to implement MSC, QIPP and raise their profile.

The Project Managers of the two early adopters in the region, Joan Peel from Northampton General Hospital and Mike Palmer from Sherwood Forest Hospitals, gave an account of their experience of the early adopter project.

The morning sessions were very informative and helped to disseminate important information to the wider scientific workforce. In the afternoon two workshops were run simultaneously to enable delegates to attend both sessions.

Mike Palmer ran a workshop on Workforce Planning and Re-profiling describing the Population centric model for workforce planning and how this can be used to identify gaps in the workforce, develop new roles and the importance of using skills and competences to define what is required in the delivery of service. The delegates were asked to consider the differences between a scientist and a practitioner and the impact of MSC on workforce planning.

Joan’s session covered the MSC education programmes and the challenges that need to be addressed in implementing new systems in a difficult economic climate. Frances Bolton (Practice Learning Lead for Nottinghamshire) also gave a presentation on work that she had done on the involvement of staff with training students and the level of training they had received in carrying out that role.

Delegates were asked to think of ways some of these challenges can be overcome in their particular professions and Trusts.  Practical ideas of how the first year PTP learning outcomes could be delivered and how we can achieve the rotational requirements of the new programmes. Delegates engaged well in both workshops and a further workshop is planned to look more closely at the placement capacity and delivery of the learning outcomes.

A summary of the workshops will be posted on this site.  A further meeting is planned to discuss how this information can be disseminated in our next road show.