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Skills Centre of Excellence launches

The Trust has played a leading role in the development of a new regional Excellence Centre to support the development of local health and care staff, celebrated at a recent event.

The National Skills Academy for Health has established a network of Excellence Centres across England bringing together employers from the NHS, local authorities, independent and voluntary sectors to coordinate and implement high quality skills programmes for support workers.

Although there are more than half a million people working in vital support roles across the nation’s healthcare workforce, the availability of high quality training for healthcare support workers has often been inconsistent, underfunded and difficult to access.

Last month saw the launch of the Humber, Coast and Vale Excellence Centre, the latest addition to this network to support the development of local health and care staff.

The Excellence Centre will support organisations from across the Humber, Coast and Vale Partnership to collaborate in the development of the health and social care workforce.

There were more than 90 attendees from across the independent sector, health and social care at the event.

Mike Proctor, Deputy Chief Executive who is leading on the project for the Trust, said: “The Trust has played a leading role in this development and we have been designated as the host organisation for this essential piece of work going forward. The goal is to make it easier to access high quality training and so improve the skills and competencies of healthcare support workers, and develop a sustainable and productive support workforce for the future.

“Many thanks to Gail Dunning and the applied learning and development team for their vision which led to the application process. This will go a long way to building a better career structure and maximise the potential of all those staff working in caring roles.”

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