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Those who dare: thinking differently about the health and care workforce

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The workforce crisis engulfing the health and care system is well documented with the social care staff vacancy rate at its highest since records began and the overall morale of the NHS workforce declining for a second year with significant numbers intending to leave the sector.

At this event we showcased projects and case studies aimed at encouraging others to explore innovative and positively disruptive approaches to meeting challenges facing the health and social care workforce. We covered areas including recruitment, retention, wellbeing, and equity, diversity and inclusion.

Event key topics

Sessions aimed to:

  • encourage senior leaders in integrated care systems, providers, public health and social care to think about how innovation becomes possible and what it means to take similarly mould-breaking mindsets into their own organisations

  • inspire and catalyse new, imaginative approaches to seize opportunities as workforce responsibilities are devolved

  • consider the impact of innovative approaches and their potential to be scaled up and replicated by others across health and care.

We heard about how innovative ways of working can be developed into practical approaches in the following areas:

  • recruitment – developing disruptive approaches, using digital tools such as apps and online selection, and how those in health and care have been working with partners across local authorities and the housing sector

  • attracting young people into the workforce – how people and organisations across health and social care have been engaging directly with communities and providing accessible routes into health and social care careers

  • retention – supporting career pathways and development for people in support roles, working across an organisation to increase a sense of belonging, and building effective multidisciplinary teams and team behaviours

  • workforce health and wellbeing – supporting staff following workplace trauma, developing cultures that meet the core needs of staff, and embracing flexibility and new ways of working to help people thrive throughout their careers

  • making a difference to equity, diversity and inclusion in the health and care workplace – by using courageous leadership challenge (at all levels) to disrupt systemic patterns present in the health and care sector, and when diversity has been used as a real strength to create change.

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Speakers included

  • Rachel Baillie Smith photo

    Rachel Baillie Smith

    Deputy Director for People, Humber and North Yorkshire Integrated Care Partnership
  • Dr Alison Callwood photo

    Dr Alison Callwood

    Senior Lecturer in Integrated Care (Midwifery), University of Surrey
  • Neil Eastwood photo

    Neil Eastwood

    Founder and Chief Executive, Care Friends
  • Chukwunonso Jac-Okereke photo

    Chukwunonso Jac-Okereke

    Team Lead, NHS England Medical Support Worker Programme, North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust
  • "Default Staff Avatar"

    Catherine Wilkins

    Senior Nursing Workforce Productivity Advisor, NHS England
  • Dr Alice Pullinger photo

    Dr Alice Pullinger

    Leadership Fellow, NHS England Workforce, Training and Education


Wednesday, 4 October 2023

Day one

Thursday, 5 October 2023

Day two

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