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Building workforce capacity and capability for integrated working

Akehurst, Joy (2017) Building workforce capacity and capability for integrated working. In: International Congress of Integrated Care 2017, 8-10 May 2017, Dublin, Ireland.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Poster)


1) Introduction
Context – The NHS England (NHSE) Five Year Forward View (2015) aims to improve health, the quality of care and the predicted financial gap of 30 billion pounds by 2021. Strategic initiatives include prevention and self-care; enhancing primary care; efficiency measures; technology and innovation; workforce development; ‘local’, ‘joined up' services delivered ‘out of hospital’.
In 2015, 29 ‘vanguard’ sites were chosen as part of the NHS New Care Models Programme to develop and test different, innovative, local models of integrated care. These models include ‘multispecialty community provider’, ‘enhanced health in care homes’, ‘acute care collaborations’,’ urgent and emergency care collaborations’ and ‘primary and acute care’ systems. The Sunderland ‘multispecialty community provider’ site is in the northeast of England (high deprivation). Risk stratification shows that 3% of the population account for 50% of the health/social care spend (frail elderly with 2 or more co-morbidities with high risk of hospital admission).
Three models have been developed – Enhanced primary care; Community integrated teams (one in each of the 5 areas of the city); a Recovery at home service to facilitate early discharge and prevent re-admission.
The problem – Workforce planning ‘across the system’ had not been addressed. Key issues - Historic recruitment challenges, workforce engagement, change management and governance.
2) Practice change implemented
Action research to support the development of the workforce to deliver integrated care.
3) Aim and theory of change
Research questions:
What are the skills, knowledge and behaviours which staff need to work in integrated care to deliver high quality effective care for patients?
How can current workforce development and planning approaches be improved and delivered?
Action research includes phases of action and evaluation, with findings fed back into the service developmental process. It is useful when there is little evidence of best practice, where new roles/services are being developed, or there is potential for tension across services. It can also support behavioural change. The research includes documentary analysis, semi-structured interviews and focus groups.
4) Targeted population/stakeholders
System leaders, frontline health/social care staff, patients/carers
5) Timeline
January 2016 - April 2017 (3 phases)

6) Highlights
The final phase is focussing on the patient and carer perspective of the new workforce for integrated care. Early themes are indicating the need for a ‘named’ professional, care co-ordination, leadership skills, emotional support, communication skills

7) Sustainability
The outputs of the research are being built into the strategic. operational, and workforce planning processes
8) Transferability
Research findings are fed back to the New Care Models workstream to share learning across vanguard sites and to develop the evidence base.
9) Conclusions
Phase 2 themes/challenges:
• The need to develop impact measures for new roles in integrated care to ensure there are no unintended consequences in the ‘system’
• To setup a ‘system wide workforce group’
• The need to develop an organisational development strategy to ensure staff engagement and leadership skills
• A plan for ‘upskilling’ staff
• The development of a dataset for the ‘system’ workforce
• To develop a compact to support the development of future workforce planning approaches
• The workforce group to commence modelling of the future workforce using evidence based tools provided by NHS England
• A system wide training needs analysis
• Workshops to be held with locality leads to support future workforce modelling
• To pilot ‘care co-ordination’ and to agree a local definition

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