Health Education Yorkshire and the Humber has won the Workforce award at the 2014 Health Service Journal (HSJ) Awards held at Grosvenor House Hotel, London on 19 November.
The Workforce award, sponsored by NHS Professionals, was presented to Health Education Yorkshire and the Humber for their student nurse training in general. The Advanced Training Practice Scheme (ATPS), funded by Health Education Yorkshire and Humber, was implemented four years ago to try and produce a model that would promote entry of nurses into general practice.
The ATPS provides student nurses with accredited high quality substantive 6-14 week placements attached to practice nurse teams covering years one, two and three of their training. The scheme is currently generating 200 nurse placements a year across 100 participating practices and has an ambitious growth strategy to reach 700 placements a year by 2016. This will mean over 40% of all student nurses in the region will gain GP experience.
The scheme has resulted in extremely high standards of nursing due to robust quality assurance monitoring, an increase in collaborative working with CCGs, and a huge shift in career intentions – from 30% of student nurses considering general practice nursing as a first career to 88% after their placement.
Dr Peter Lane, Clinical Lead and Barnsley GP and Christine Peake, ATPS Scheme Lead, Health Education Yorkshire and the Humber, said: “Achieving this award confirms that we are making a positive difference in our community through workforce innovation. The team have really worked hard over the last four years to imbed the ATPS and we will continue to build practice nurse leadership in the future by supporting nurse leads to have a greater involvement in local nurse developments.”
Anne O’Brien, Director of Clinical Governance and Operations at NHS Professionals, said: “It was an honour for NHS Professionals to be part of the judging panel and to see so many excellent award entries. The Workforce category is about looking for innovation in workforce development. ATPS was an excellent example of creating sustainable opportunities within general practice. The fact that the programme demonstrated a scalable model really made it stand out.”
Alastair McLellan, Editor, HSJ, said: “The 2014 HSJ Awards is the largest celebration of healthcare excellence held in this country within living memory. The awards champion innovation and endeavour in over 150 NHS organisations, while the 22 category winners have been chosen by 84 judges working over a total of 500 hours. The NHS is constantly in the news – and often for the wrong reasons – but the HSJ Awards are a powerful reminder of why Britain’s health services are the envy of much of the world”.
To be shortlisted in this category, the organisations had to demonstrate new strategic approaches to workforce planning to improve quality and productivity. They 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. All the entrants 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.