Responding to the NHS and social care workforce crisis: the enhancement of opportunities through collaborative partnerships

HANNEY, Neil and KARAGIC, Helen (2019). Responding to the NHS and social care workforce crisis: the enhancement of opportunities through collaborative partnerships. Higher Education, Skills and Work-based Learning.

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Purpose: This paper will describe and analyse the development of a higher apprenticeship route which enables learners to access both higher education and health and social care professional programmes. The underpinning rationale is the urgent workforce crisis in health and social care services. Design/methodology/approach: We will review the multiple drivers which stimulated course development and the creation of a community of practice to ensure quality management. A student case study illustrates the potential of an apprenticeship to enable both personal and professional development. Findings: The paper provides insight into working with a number of further education colleges, how to ensure consistency in delivery and assessment and the strategies which contribute to quality assurance. This case study illustrates the potential of work based learning to transform lives and to provide the workforce required by our public services. Practical Implications: This paper explores the lessons learnt from setting up a new system and the processes that need to be in place for success, when higher and further education collaborate to meet employer needs. Social Implications: The paper discusses the potential of widening access into higher education, the positive impact on recruitment to professional courses and the long term effect on the public service workforce. Value of the paper: The government is committed to expansion of apprenticeship learning in health and social care. This paper shares our experience of working with a range of employers and education providers, the challenges and successes and recommendations for development.

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Date Deposited: 20 Feb 2019 10:31
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