The Faculty undertakes local workforce engagements, designed to bring together stakeholders from across a region to build up a picture of both key local workforce messages and Trust-level projection data.
In November 2015 the Faculty began a programme of regional workforce engagement meetings starting in Wales. The feedback from the meeting was very positive and the second meeting was held in the West Midlands in May 2016. The first phase of 6 workforce engagement meetings has now been successfully completed with subsequent meetings in Scotland, Yorkshire and Humber, the North West and most recently the East Midlands
The Faculty now moving on the second phase with plans for further meetings starting in the South West Peninsula.
The engagements require buy-in from the region (representatives from each hospital, the network and ideally the LETB/Deanery) and engagement from the RA, TPD and networks.
The day consists of a series of short talks from the Faculty and local experts in the region highlighting the aim of the day and the current state of workforce and facilties in the region. This is followed by two workshops where a facilitator helps discussion; the first looks at the current gaps and immediate concerns and the second focusses on mapping the future in various different models. Finally there will be a summary session where each group can feedback to the other.
The engagements are conducted with the aim of:
- Describing, through modelling, some set scenarios, the current supply of ICM/critical care facilities in the region and presenting an assessment of likely future (5-10 years) demand.
- Identifying the likely future location of critical care services based upon current provision and networks of clinical care surrounding regional centres.
- Presenting the best estimates that can be made of the current trained medical workforce in ICM in the region, their distribution and demographic; and the workforce in training.
- Conducting network-based discussion sessions to reconcile supply and likely demand for ICM, with the current and projected workforce.
- Providing a data report that could be used by the region to exert professional pressure in order to address areas of workforce concern.
The engagements would NOT aim to:
- Use the visit to prioritise a particular workforce solution or to replace the local expertise in areas like the planning of training numbers (which is the responsibility of the Regional Advisor in conjunction with the regional Specialist Training Committee).
- Use this as an opportunity to police the uptake of GPICS. Recommendations and Standards in GPICS will be used as opportunities to model future potential future demands on the workforce in the region.
The engagement will result in a final report and its appendices which could be used by the local stakeholders (across the Trusts/Health Boards, Networks, LETB/Deaneries and Government) to manage workforce decisions in the specialty.
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