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The West Yorkshire & Harrogate Excellence Centre Network

The West Yorkshire & Harrogate Excellence Centre (WYHEC) has spent the Autumn period working with partner organisations across health and care as well as private, voluntary and not for profit sectors to identify key areas where they could collaborate to provide cross sector training to staff.

Using funding from the Local Workforce Action Board (LWAB), the WYHEC have developed and commissioned a wide ranging training offer that includes everything from Communication Skills, Health & Wellbeing, Managing Difficult Behaviours, Dementia Awareness, and fully accredited Food Safety Training which is now being offered free of charge across the region.

Staff members from all sectors are being invited to sign up to a no cost membership model and utilise the National Skills Academy for Health (NSAH) Skills Platform to book onto and access the training on offer which in many cases is really difficult to access for staff working in the care sector. Find out about booking these courses on the Skills Platform. Courses are free for network members, with a fee for non-members.

In addition, the WYHEC are proposing to bring members together at an annual conference and through a series of CPD events to see where we can work collaboratively, share best practice and deliver reciprocated training on behalf of each other.

The WYHEC is incredibly pleased with the initial feedback from our member organisations and are offering up to 1,000 training courses over the next 12 Months. To keep up to date with WYHEC Developments Tweet at @WYHexcellence or follow us on Instagram: @WYHExcellence

Excellence Centre Aims

The overarching aim of the WYHEC is to support the integration of health and care, providing an opportunity for staff from a range of sectors to learn together to ensure the delivery of high quality care across all settings.

The intention is to ensure high quality and value for money training provision and development opportunities are available and accessible to the health and care “support staff” (particularly those who have not worked across the localities within the West Yorkshire and Harrogate region). They want to be able to demonstrate widening access and show a spread of learners across localities have accessed WYHEC training.

Their objectives include:

  • In a 12 month period WYHEC intend to have offered in excess of 15 courses and programmes to a minimum of 1,240 learners in so doing:
  • Widening access to training and opportunities for continuous development
  • Helping the support staff workforce to develop their skills and confidence by improving the quality of training provision
  • Providing opportunities that make staff feel valued, and enable them to become resilient and flexible workers that can work across organisational boundaries
  • Driving Apprenticeship growth within the health and social care system and maximising levy funding
  • Supporting the development of new and emerging support roles for a modern health and care system

Find out more about the West Yorkshire & Harrogate Excellence Centre network here

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