Health Education East of England (HEEoE) is leading the development of ‘Grow Your Own’ pathway for the clinical healthcare workforce across the East of England. The pathway has been used as a good example in the ‘Shape of Caring’ (SoC) recommendations in 2015.
The ‘Grow You Own’ pathway:
- gives opportunities to people of all levels of ability;
- retains and grows experienced support workers;
- provides the opportunity to ‘earn-as-you-learn’;
- has clear roles which have been developed through apprenticeships;
- ensures all training and education achieve a role outcome with accreditation;
- produces more registered nurses, in the shortest possible time, by accrediting 18 months of Accreditation for Prior Experiential Learning (APEL), against the Pre-Registration Nursing Programme;
- allows people to have a contracted role, while studying; and,
- has a multi-professional framework which leads to professional registration.
The pathway outcomes have shown that all employees can aspire to any support role or newly registered nurse role while earning a salary. The quality of the workforce can be enhanced by giving employees the opportunity to aspire to any professional role. There is a cost saving while improving the workforce flow and producing more support workers and registered nurses (familiar with patient care) in the shortest possible time.