VODG: Social care needs to transform itself to become fit for the future

Social care providers must adopt new approaches if they are to survive the challenges of funding cuts and policy changes, according to a new publication released today.

The VODG discussion paper, Challenges can fuel change, outlines what social care providers believe are the future hopes for the sector as well as the barriers that block progress. The publication is a contribution to Civil Society Futures, the national independent inquiry into English civil society.

Find out more here.

National Workforce Strategy – Consultation, webinar and tweet chat invite.

Beverley Harden, AHP Lead, Health Education England

 Following the recent publication of “Facing the facts, shaping the future. A draft health and care workforce strategy for England to 2027” (link below) it is vital that AHPs engage in the discussions, the following opportunities have been crafted to give you a variety of ways to be heard #AHPsintoAction


Formal consultation

The consultation will run until 17:00 Friday 23 March 2018 so please have your say. It is vital that the voice of AHPs is heard through the formal routes to make sure that all of comments are taken into account – you can formally respond online or join the online workshop at  https://consultation.hee.nhs.uk.  Workforce is all our business, wherever we work whatever we do.


We are also offering other ways to engage to support you to formally respond as above. We would like to invite you to a national interactive webinar where we will discuss the opportunities of this strategy for our wider AHP community. We will be discussing the broad themes, key messages, and any questions which may arise. We also encourage you to answer the consultation questions of this draft document (https://consultation.hee.nhs.uk). By adding your voice to the consultation you will have the opportunity to help shape this workforce strategy for the future .

When is the webinar? Monday 12th March 12.30-1.30pm. If you cannot make this date/time we will be recording this webinar and placing it on the HEE website.

Who is invited? Allied Health Professionals from across health, social care, housing and the voluntary sector.

What do I need to do? Simply click on the skype broadcast link and click ‘join the event’ as a guest.


Please mute the outgoing audio on your computer. You may need to use a set of earphones if you are working in a shared office space. You will have the opportunity to ask questions via the ‘chat’ function.

If you have any concerns about your NHS firewalls, please check this link with your IT department prior to the webinar date to allow time for troubleshooting.


We will also be discussing general questions and any questions which may arise after this webinar during a tweetchat for the allied health professions on 15th March 2018 at 8.30pm with @WeAHPs using  #WeAHPs, . Find out more here:  http://www.wecommunities.org/tweet-chats/chat-details/4151.

Please get involved – your opinions, perspectives and experiences are valuable.

Thank you to Laura Rogers, HEE AHP Fellow and Rebecca Tyrell, HEE South an Naomi McVey, NHSE for organising these consultation opportunities.

Kind regards,

Beverley Harden


National Clinical Advisor, New Care Models Programme, NHSE

Associate Director of Education & Quality, South

PLEASE PARTICIPATE AND SHARE: Does the UK have the skills needed to take us forward post-Brexit? @skillsforhealth

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Dear Colleague

Skills for Justice, Skills for Health and Edinburgh Napier University have together launched a large-scale survey to better understand the skills and competencies of the UK workforce. We are looking for employers, managers and employees in any UK business sector to participate in this monumental survey, which will help organisations to shape the future of skills development.

The survey will provide employers with industry-focused, evidence-based research and intelligence to inform resource planning; address skills gaps and skill shortages, and equip organisations with the knowledge needed to understand and respond to future workforce scenarios.

Everyone who takes part in the survey will be entered into a draw to win a £150 Amazon voucher.

The survey can be accessed here: http://www.skillsforhealth.org.uk/news/latest-news/item/647-workforce-development-survey

Please share this widely across your networks and encourage participation.  Apologies for any cross-posting but we are keen to ensure as many people as possible are invited.

Many thanks!

Warm regards

Anne Clarke

Regional Director South East England

Email: anne.clarke@skillsforhealth.org.uk

9th Floor, Lynton House, Tavistock Square, London WC1H 9LT

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