Creating a sustainable workforce strategy has long presented a systemic challenge, with staff shortages, poor retention, culture and diversity just some of the primary issues faced by organisations and leadership teams across the country.
Despite covid-19 adding increased pressure and strain on the system, the continued response from the health and social care workforce has been remarkable, with staff going above and beyond to care for patients during this difficult time.
The pandemic has undoubtedly transformed our healthcare system; driving the need to work differently, re-structure organisations, whilst rightly placing the wellbeing of staff as a top priority. As covid-19 continues to present both unique challenges and innovation opportunities for the workforce, we must assess the changes that have already taken place and identify what to embed, modify or discard in order to avoid repeat mistakes and ensure the system comes out of the pandemic stronger than it was going into it.
We are therefore pleased to have launched the first ever Workforce Virtual Series, to keep our community up to date, connected and supported in implementing the NHS People Plan as staff across the NHS, social care and voluntary sectors respond to a backlog of demand in other areas as well as the impacts of the pandemic.
The Series, which will be hosted on a platform called Swapcard, will provide you with the opportunity to have frequent engagement with system leaders and peers on key workforce-related topics, whilst benefitting from shared learning and best practice which you can take back from the monthly discussions.
Our aim is to build a community where you can stay connected during this difficult time, stay up to date on recent innovations, and find out how other organisations are tackling common workforce challenges.
The Series will consist of 4 monthly webinars taking place from February-May, building up to the HSJ Workforce Virtual Forum in June.
The health and wellbeing of our attendees, speakers and staff is our top priority at this time. By adopting a virtual event proposition, we are able to continue providing worthwhile interactive content and updates, while staying safe at home and precluding the need for travel.