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NHS Employers launch new integrated working guide

Coming just days after NHS Providers published a digital transformation guide for ICSs, NHS Employers are launching their own guide aimed at ICSs, this one helping them “get started with integrated working” as the health sector continues to embrace this new era of collaborative healthcare.

The new guide, which has been developed in partnership with Skills for Care and the Care and Health Improvement Programme, includes tips and insights to help health systems consider what is required to successfully integrate their workforce thinking.

NHS Employers say the guide will help systems to:

  • Fully understand what is meant by integrated thinking across systems and how it can support the implementation of integrated workforce plans
  • Know which data is useful when developing a good integrated workforce plan
  • Learn from examples of best practice from ICSs who have already had success
  • Discover helpful external resources on integrated workforce planning

Skills for Care CEO, Oonagh Smyth, says: “Skills for Care welcomes the publication of this guidance. We’ve been closely involved in developing this practical introduction to effective workforce planning for leaders working hard to make the establishment of ICSs across England a success.

“We know that integration works best when partners from across and health and social care come together to put people who draw on care services at the heart of their thinking. In producing this resource full of useful tips in collaboration with NHS Employers and the Care and Health Improvement Programme means we’re offering practical support to develop joint working that will become commonplace across systems.”

The guide is aimed anyone from chief executives and chief people officers, all the way to ICS workforce leads and human resource directors and has been designed to account for the varying stages of integration across many ICSs, so whatever part of the journey you’re in, the guide will support you.

Click here to read the full guide.

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