Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust won the Workforce award at last night’s 2013 HSJ Awards, which were hosted by Channel 4 news presenter, Jon Snow.
The Workforce award, sponsored by NHS Professionals, was presented to the Trust for using employment strategies to recruit hard to fill vacancies and achieve long-term succession planning, while supporting the nationwide unemployment agenda. The Trust set up ‘The Learning Works’, a community based building designed to help local people access employment in the health sector via a range of work experience, apprenticeship, volunteering and adult learning opportunities. This has increased the number of 16-24 year olds working at the Trust, which is now looking at adopting the model across the whole Black Country.
Lawrence Kelly, The Learning Works Centre Coordinator said: “Achieving this award is a really positive confirmation that we are making a difference in our community through Workforce innovation. The team have really worked hard over the last twelve months to launch and embed ‘The Learning Works’ as a model our Trust can take pride in.”
Anne O’Brien, Director of Clinical Governance and Operations at NHS Professionals, said: “It was an honour to be a part of this year’s HSJ Awards and to see so many excellent award entries. The Workforce category is about looking for innovation in workforce development and recognising ways to bring people into the NHS. For us, Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust was an excellent example of this. Many Trusts can learn from the strategies used at the Trust and there is an opportunity for this to be rolled out further.”
To be shortlisted in this category, organisations needed to show that they were re-thinking roles and breaking down the traditional barriers to create an adaptable workforce that delivers quality and efficiency. They had to provide evidence of initiatives that develop not just the existing workforce and its talents, but also look for new ways to bring people into the NHS, getting good people into hard-to-fill entry-level posts.
To read more about Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospital’s Learning Work initiative, click here.